Before, During, and After the Big Day!
Whether you have a full year ahead or mere weeks to plan the big day, you undoubtedly have multiple “to-do” lists to keep you focused on the task at hand! Pulling off your perfect wedding takes extensive research and organization but there are a number of literary and online resources that will help you succeed in pre-wedding, wedding day, and post-wedding planning. And, although planning a wedding may feel a bit overwhelming at times, never forget that your bridesmaids are eager to help.
Your most organized bridesmaid will be invaluable in keeping you on track with your wedding planning responsibilities. Create a joint checklist so she can follow your progress and keep you close to your timeline. Ask her to help with wedding prepartion tasks such as wedding invitations from Annsbridalbargains.com, wedding favors, and program assembly. Ask her to research florists, photographers, and caterers. Ask her to help with wedding party gift ideas for bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts, junior bridesmaid gifts, and flower girl gifts (keep the task of choosing your groom’s gift for yourself!) Thank her with a bridesmaid gift that reflects the help she’s given you, such as a delicate watch or a leather organizer.
The Wedding Day
If your maid of honor (or matron of honor) prides herself on party planning, then your wedding day may be the perfect opportunity for her to revel in what she does best. Ask her to check-in with your officiant, your reception coordinator, and your vendors and to verify that everything is proceeding as planned. Not only will this help take the pressure off of you, but it will also ensure that your perfect wedding comes off without a hitch. This deserves a special bridesmaid gift that expresses your gratitude. Spoil her with bridesmaid gifts that pamper, such as a spa package with a bottle of fine wine and exquisite chocolates.
Now that you and your fiancé have chosen your dream destination, it’s time to plan the ideal get-away! Ask your bridesmaids who love to play travel agent to research the top hotels and attractions in the most interesting parts of the city (or cities) you’ll visit. They can also let you know about local customs, travel requirements (passports or vaccinations), and currency. For unique bridesmaid gifts, thank them with a thoughtful souvenir such as a locally-made wine or jewelry with a semi-precious stone indigenous to that area.
Bridesmaid duties that everyone can enjoy:
The bridal party may be called upon to help with a number of tasks before and during the wedding day, but their greatest role is to come together to celebrate the bride and to create fun diversions at this sometimes stressful time.
● Wedding preparation tasks such as invitations, wedding favors, and program assembly
● Planning of the bridal shower and bachelorette party
● Make a “Bridal Survival Kit” for wedding day emergencies
● Help select bridesmaid dresses, bridesmaid jewelry, and bridesmaid shoes
● Schedule wedding planning breaks with occasional ‘girls-nights-out’
On the Wedding Day
● Calm the bride’s nerves and practice her vows
● Help dress the bride (and tell her she’s beautiful!)
● Assist with hostess duties and get the guests on the dance floor
● Post-wedding clean-up – offer to take her gown to the cleaners, collect the disposable cameras, and bring home the wedding gifts.