Asking you to be a bridesmaid in her wedding is one of the biggest honors your bestie can bestow upon you. It’s your friend’s way of saying that she wants you by her side on the most important day of her life—and every step leading up to it, too. It’s an important role, and it’s also a lot of fun (hello, bachelorette party)! So when you accept, it goes without saying that you want to be the very best bridesmaid you can be.
But if you think that being a bridesmaid also sounds a little stressful, you wouldn’t be alone. As exciting as being a bridesmaid is, it can also feel overwhelming when you start to think of all the money and planning that goes into being in your friend’s wedding party. Plus, there’s the pressure to give your bestie everything she deserves during this special time. Luckily, there’s a little site called The Bach that takes all the stress out of planning a stellar bachelorette soiree, which is arguably the biggest and most important bridesmaid duty. So today we’ve partnered with The Bach to bring you a few tips for being the perfect bridesmaid—from the bachelorette party and beyond. Check them out below…
Have a Bridesmaid Budget
Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it’s also a financial commitment. So when you accept the title of bridesmaid, set aside a fund to ensure that you can take part in all the wedding related activities without stressing about money. You’ll want to budget for things like your bridesmaid dress, hair and makeup for the wedding, gifts, the bachelorette party, the bridal shower, and any associated travel. If you’re on a tight budget, be upfront with the bride from the beginning, and then suggest some creative ways to cut costs without sacrificing any of the fun. The Bach has some amazing advice in the Ideas & Tips section of their website on how to save money as a bridesmaid.
Say Yes to the (Bridesmaid) Dress
Whether it’s to your taste or not, do your best to be excited about the bridesmaid dress that your friend picked out for you. If you need to vent a little to a third party (who doesn’t know the bride), that’s only natural. But it’s important that you stand by your friend’s vision for her big day. Remember that it’s just a dress, and you only have to wear it for one day. So suck it up!
Plan an Epic Bachelorette Bash
The bachelorette party is always a favorite pre-wedding event for everyone involved. Whether your itinerary includes a relaxing spa day or a wild weekend in Vegas, it’s a chance to have a truly unforgettable time with the bride and her whole group of besties. For bachelorette party planning made easy, we all love The Bach. The Bach is a bachelorette party-planning tool that completely streamlines the whole process so that you can focus on the fun. The Bach will recommend venues in 75 different cities, help you build an itinerary, send out invitations, and even more. Plus, the Ideas & Tips section of their website is an amazing source of inspiration for everything from cute favors to group photos!
Surprise the Bride With a Recap
We love the idea of surprising the bride with a fun recap of her bachelorette party on The Bach’s Real Bachelorettes page of their blog. All you have to do is snap lots of pics to help the bride remember her big celebration with her ladies, and then send them into The Bach (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also come up with a hashtag and encourage all of the other bridesmaids to post pictures on social media too, so that you can easily collect them for the recap afterward. This is the perfect example of going the extra mile and doing even more than what the bride is expecting of you. Just remember not to post or share any photos that the bride wouldn’t approve of. Keep it classy!
Keep the Bride in Mind
Remember that this is the bride’s time to shine. So keep your bride-to-be bestie in mind every step of the way—making sure that the bachelorette party, shower, and every other aspect you’re responsible for is to her taste. And what if your normally levelheaded friend is suddenly turning a bit bridezilla about the details? It’s your job to remain cool and collected, and help keep her calm too.
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