FIVE STEPS TO A STRESS-FREE BRI­DAL PARTY

Help your friends have an amaz­ing day

Mackay and Whitsundays Wedding Guide - - Contents -

SOYOU’VE been asked to be a part of the wed­ding party, you’ve ac­cepted and now the real work be­gins. From or­gan­is­ing hen’s and buck’s par­ties to look­ing af­ter the favours, there is a lot brides­maids and grooms­men need to do. Here are some tips to stay calm in this role help­ing your friend pre­pare for their big day:

Start plan­ning im­me­di­ately: Think about your own per­sonal bud­get. What are you able to af­ford? When hav­ing dis­cus­sions with other brides­maids/ grooms­men and the bride/groom make sure they know these lim­its.

Be a team player: There is a team of other brides­maids and grooms­men work­ing to make this the most per­fect wed­ding day and cel­e­bra­tion for your friend or fam­ily mem­ber. Al­ways check in with the bride/groom and best man/ maid of hon­our to see if there is any­thing you can do to help.

Re­mem­ber this is some­one else’s big day: While you might have a lot of awe­some ideas, the fi­nal de­ci­sion al­ways goes to the bride and groom.

Don’t take things per­son­ally: Wed­dings can bring out the best and worst of brides, grooms and the bri­dal party. Make sure you don’t take per­son­ally things that are said. A wed­ding usu­ally sig­ni­fies a mas­sive life change and a lot of stress is in­volved in that. Be­cause of that, peo­ple can say things they don’t mean.

Pre­pare for the worst: Any­thing can hap­pen on the big day, from ter­ri­ble weather to dresses rip­ping. Have an emer­gency kit ready with bobby pins, de­odor­ant, tape, mints and other es­sen­tials.

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