As any soon-to-be-bride will know, there are hundreds of different components that make up the average wedding. When you are planning your big day, you will know how important it is to keep a handle on all of these, as hard as it can often be to do so. However, what you will soon realise is that some aspects of your big day are more important than others. Sure, it will be really nice if the chair covers and the table centrepieces are both in exactly the right shade of apricot. But, what really matters is that you have a great day spent with those you love, and some of these people will include your bridesmaids. The concept of bridesmaids dates back many thousands of years, although their role has obviously evolved since then. If ‘bridesmaids’ is the next thing to tick off your wedding to-do list, here are some things you need to know.
Choosing your bridesmaids
If you are a bit of a social butterfly with a lot of pals, you may find it excruciatingly difficult to choose your bridesmaids from all your friends. But it is something that must be done. When picking how many you are going to have, consider a few things. Practically speaking, the size of the altar is one thing that could potentially affect the number of bridesmaids you have. Also remember to think about the size of your wedding party. If you and your fiance only have 30 guests between the pair of you, it may be a bit odd if 12 of those people are bridesmaids! You might need to be ruthless when it comes to who makes the cut, but think about who you truly want by your side when you finally say ‘I do’.
Having the bachelorette party
Wedding planning can be stressful. One of the best ways we can blow off some steam is by throwing ourselves into the bachelorette party – arguably one of the most fun things about getting married! The bachelorette party planning is the responsibility of your bridesmaids, but a little guidance from you will never go amiss. For example, you might need to outline certain things, like price and what kind of activity you are comfortable with. Bachelorette parties are now up there with bachelor parties in terms of notoriety – so go wild if that’s what you fancy, but remember to tell your bridesmaids what kind of event you want.
As weddings become more and more contemporary, the actual role of the bridesmaid has got somewhat lost in translation. Unfortunately for your bridesmaids, it isn’t just about drinking cocktails and getting to wear a pretty dress! You will find that in the run up to the wedding you may need to rely on your bridesmaids for emotional support, planning and just generally getting everything together for the big day. Once you have chosen your bridesmaids, sit down with them and tell them gently what you need from them. That way, you can all look forward to planning the wedding together – after all, who better to do it with than your best friends?