Beyond the dresses, the bouquets and uncomfortable shoes is the unspoken rules of being a bridesmaid. If you've been a bridesmaid, maid of honor or even a just a close friend to a couple who are getting married than you can probably relate.
Good vibes only
From a wedding planner standpoint we get to meet a lot of wedding parties, with that we see the good bad and the ugly. From the bridesmaids who step up and help make sure the bride is good spirits the week of the wedding, even after countless hours of coffee dates that turn into counseling sessions or late night panic texts about the decor. We thank you for all of that support for the couple!
Typically we grab a phone number from the bridal party and the groomsmen so that we can touch base without bugging the bride or groom while they are getting ready. It is a huge help.
Not all weddings have a full service wedding coordinator who is there to handle all of the tasks involved with a wedding weekend. Offer your help in a task that you can own, maybe if you have a truck offer to help load the couples personal decor on the morning after their wedding, or if you can make sure the bride has her go-bag with her comfy shoes, lip gloss and other handy items keep that close by for photos if she needs a touch up. Just those small steps are a big help.
Sometimes there are personalities who can take over a wedding day experience for the bride and groom or even a member of the wedding party who has indulged too much and causes issues or damages that ultimately reflect back on the couple. Not cool. If someone in the wedding party has had to much to drink, try to deflect the situation to keep it away from the bride and groom if possible.
We don't support the bridezilla notion, however it is common for brides to be under a wee bit of stress with all of the activities and planning leading up to their wedding day. It can be easy to focus on those moments where maybe your friend is not him or herself. But ultimately if you can put those moments aside and celebrate the couple we promise you will have so much fun.
Our advice to couples is to choose your crew with your heart, but don't over assign tasks that would set them up to fail. If you would like ideas on what your wedding party can help with ask your coordinator or even your venue/event team to see if there is anything that would be needed. Otherwise just make it your mission to enjoy the heck out of your wedding day and dance the night away.
~ Happy Planning~