You’ve sent out your bridesmaids proposals and they’ve all said ‘YES.’ Here’s how to keep your bridesmaids happy in 7 easy steps…

Taking on the responsibility of a bridesmaid is no easy task, especially with the average cost of being a bridesmaid rising to almost $1500 in America. These ladies have stuck with you through thick and thin, and now they’ve agreed to stand by your side on the most important day of your life. Make sure you show them how much you appreciate them with these 7 tips on how to keep your bridesmaids happy.

1 | Help your bridesmaids get to know each other

Obviously each and every one of these ladies are special to you in their own unique way. However, their relationship among one another is most likely very different and it wouldn’t be surprising if some of them don’t know each other at all!

Help them break the ice and get to know each other by hosting a girls’ night or a daytime brunch for your bridal party. That way they can get to know one another in a laid back environment which will make the planning process much easier and exciting throughout the next few months. Instead of feeling awkward, your bridesmaids can create lasting bonds and will look forward to seeing each other whenever there is a special occasion that involves the whole crew!

2 | Ask them what they want to wear

One of your bridesmaids may be totally cool with a sweetheart neckline, but another might prefer to have her chest covered. One might prefer to have her shoulders covered, while the others are completely open to a strapless style. Some of your bridesmaids might not have the budget for that dress you dreamed of for your bridal party, or the color may just not be a good fit for their skin tones.

In order to avoid any headaches, sit down with your girls and ask them what they like and what they’re comfortable with. Once you find some common ground amongst each other, the planning process will be way more streamlined and straightforward. The best part? Everyone’s happy!

3 | Consider their budget

Most importantly, make sure to be gentle on your bridesmaids’ wallets. Although that designer bridesmaid gown is dreamy and beautiful in every way, the price tag may be the complete opposite. Consider different options such as dresses that can be worn after the wedding, or going with a retailer who offers financing through a company such as Affirm. That way if you have any bridesmaids who might be strapped for cash, they can easily pay in installments that they understand with no hidden fees.

Understanding your bridesmaids’ budgets will make the planning process much smoother since everyone will be on the same page and will have a good idea of what to expect! Henkaa offers payments through Affirm to US residents, so make sure to let your bridesmaids know about this budget-friendly feature in case any of them might need it. If any of your girls aren’t able to purchase the dress at the same time as everyone else, Affirm is an easy-to-use installment program that offers the perfect solution for you and your girls.

4 | Give them guidance

So you’ve decided that you want to have a mix n’ match bridal party, or you’ve given your bridesmaids the freedom to select their own dress. Before throwing them the reigns and setting out on your own paths, don’t forget to give your girls a clear picture of what you had in mind in order to make their hunt as painless as possible. It’s much easier to look for a tea length, creme coloured dress that will match a pink and mauve palette than it is to find a dress that ‘just matches a rustic theme.’

Giving your ladies clear direction will ensure that they’ll find what’s best for them while still keeping true to your wedding theme. It’s a win-win situation! If you’re planning on having a mix n’ match bridal party, make sure to check out some inspiration and tips on how to coordinate with your ladies to create a beautiful, unified look.

5 | Don’t forget they have a life outside your wedding

Your wedding day is a big deal and its important to each and every single one of your bridesmaids. However, keep in mind that they have a job and life to keep up with outside of your wedding planning process. Make sure to consider their schedules before making appointments or planning arrangements to see each other.

If most of your bridesmaids work a 9-5 job, don’t expect them to take time off in order to attend your bridal fitting at 11am on a Tuesday. If you expect your Maid of Honor or your entire bridal party to be there for every single dress fitting, make sure to communicate these expectations at the beginning of the planning process. That way your girls will know what you need from them and they’ll be able to set aside time that works for everyone.

6 | Keep freak outs to a minimum

With all the dress fittings, menu tastings, and flower arrangements to plan, its easy to let the wedding planning process consume you. As your bridesmaids, they expect to hear you rant about the odd hiccup and frustration, but don’t make it the only thing you talk about leading up to the big day. Keep in mind that they’re your friend outside of all of this.

Ask them how work is going, or how their new apartment is treating them. Keeping your cool and asking your bridesmaids about their lives will make them feel important and special. At the end of the day, you’re investing in your friendship which can only make your bond stronger!

7 | Say thank you, often

Your girlfriends have agreed to help you in planning the biggest day of your life and are also committed to making sure it goes as smoothly as possible. Make sure to thank them for every little thing they do for you. Whether they help you stuff and seal wedding invitations, pick out the perfect dessert menu, or simply wipe your tears when you find your wedding dress.

Your girls will always be there to support you throughout your journey, make sure you take the time to thank them. Even for the little things.

How do you make your bridesmaids happy? Tell us in the comments!

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