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9 Things Your Bridesmaids Want You to Know

They've always been there for you. And now, as you're planning your wedding, you'll likely need their help more than ever -- here's how to stay in tune with your best friends and keep them happy.
  • Jenessa Fenton

    Yes, part of the bridal partys job is to be your go-to gals when you need something done. But no, that doesnt mean you should be cracking the whip nonstop. Whenever youre asking one of your maids to do something -- whether its attending your gown fitting or tying 100 miniature bows around 100 favor boxes -- stop and think: Would I do this for her? Its a good reality check to keep your requests reasonable.

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Don't assume your girls know everything about being a bridesmaid. Even if they do, it's good to be clear about, for example, who will order the bridesmaid dresses. Ask in advance if you're hoping they can help you assemble the ceremony programs instead of calling them the night before you really have to get the job done. Also, put them on the same page with your family and your groom's family in terms of big events, like the shower, to avoid any unnecessary conflict.

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The people you ask to be in your bridal party may all be special to you, but they might not all be special to one another. One or two wedding-chatter-free chances to hang out will, hopefully, get everyone feeling friendly and make the actual wedding-related activities more fun for all. As the bride (read: the glue holding this group of girls together), it's your job to encourage them to hang out and get along.

They Want You to Tell Everyone About Them: The only thing worse than a coworker who thinks she's invited to your wedding is a friend who assumes she's going to be a bridesmaid. Let it be known whom you've chosen so that neither you nor your bridesmaids feel awkward about it around nonbridal party members

Do what you can to keep costs manageable, whether you look for less expensive dresses or help them find affordable flights and hotels. And remember: If you're requiring your bridesmaids to get their hair and makeup done, it's pretty much a given you'll be the one paying

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They have to shell out for quite a bit over the course of the wedding: dresses, hair, shower and wedding gifts, the bachelorette party, and travel expenses. Take this into consideration and offer help when you can. For example, you can let them know that they shouldnt feel pressured to give you an extravagant shower gift, or if youre having more than one shower, tell them that you dont expect multiple shower gifts. You can also help them track down inexpensive flights or hotel rooms.

Try to come up with a game plan beforehand of who you need to do what on the wedding day. Then make a second mental list of who else can and has offered to help -- aunts, cousins, ushers, and so on. When little things do come up (which they will), youll be able to rely on that latter team to help you take care of details as needed rather than overextending your bridesmaids.