Planning Your Wedding? Here’s How You Can Make Your Bridesmaids Happy

A bride-to-be conducted a poll on Reddit recently asking bridesmaids to share from their experiences what they thought were the dos and don’ts for brides to ensure a happy bridal party. Here are some of the top responses.

Don’t choose the bridesmaids dress for them

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Always ask your bridesmaids what their preferences are before deciding on the bridesmaids dress. As everyone has different body types, many bridesmaids shared that they appreciated it when brides provided a few choices for them to pick from, instead of stipulating just one dress.

In the case if you are going to save your bridesmaids some money by a family member to make the dress, do check if they would prefer to buy their own dress anyhow. Reddit user Lil-boots1 recalled, “Her mother made our dresses, and while I appreciate the part where I didn’t have to buy one, they were horrible and we were all looking pretty rough. I would have preferred just spending some money on something that looked better.”

Don’t micromanage

Sometimes, it is easy for to over-magnify details when we are too engrossed in our wedding planning, and forget that we might be going a little overboard. Reddit user Smuffleupagus shared that her sister had tried to micromanage every single detail of her wedding, down to forcing the bridesmaids to get their French manicures in square tips instead of round. As Smuffleupagus put it, “In the end it made absolutely no difference to how happy her day was. So I’d say don’t micromanage the small details that aren’t even going to show up in photos.”

Do seat bridesmaids and their partners together

If you are thinking of having bridal party-only tables (i.e. tables for bridesmaids and best men only) during your wedding, you might wish to think twice. Reddit user Alect0 said, “I was a bit annoyed at one of those times as I was told my fiance would be on the next table but instead he was on the other side of a large room and didn’t know anyone on his table. I mean he got by but wasn’t the most fun experience I think.” Being a little more considerate towards your bridesmaids and their partners would go a long way to ensuring everyone had an enjoyable night!

Do be sensitive when it comes to money

While you might have no qualms about splashing out for the biggest day of your life (be it for the actual day wedding or pre-wedding events leading up to it), do be considerate and mindful of how much you are asking your bridal party to spend. Reddit user centuries_ shared, “My friend is in a wedding and the bride has forced each bridesmaid to buy specific outfits for the bridal shower, bachelorette party, as well as a $200+ dress. Plus they split the tab for a swanky hotel after a night out. Far, far too much money to ask someone to spend.”

Do say thank you

While this might sound like a given, you will be surprised by how many brides actually forget to show their appreciation for their bridesmaids, especially when they get caught up in the chaos of the actual day. Reddit sheeplikeme posted that the best moment of her bridesmaid experience was when the bride specially pulled her aside just to say thanks. As her experience shows, sometimes you don’t need fancy gifts to make your bridesmaids happy.

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Read the original article on Daily Mail.