Prepping Your Bridesmaids for the Big Question!

Wedding Tips

 Thank you so much to Nikki Santerre Photography for this gorgeous image from our proposal! Thank you so much to Nikki Santerre Photography for this gorgeous image from our proposal!

I’m so excited to share with y’all that Colby and I are officially engaged and have picked a wedding date of October 15th, 2017! With that being said, I am so excited to pick up on my wedding planning series with a whole new insight as we plan our wedding! We will be sharing an array of tips, tricks, and fun facts that are all wedding-planning related to hopefully help influence your wedding-planning process and take a little stress off of your shoulders! And if you are a #Jessbride, don’t forget to reference to your bridal guide for more tips! 🙂

With all of that being said and done, today’s blog post continuing this series is all about preparing your bridemaids for the role they will play! I haven’t officially asked my bridesmaids yet because I am waiting for their gifts to be finished by Southern Grown Vintage! After they are finished, I will ask all of my bridesmaids the big question and have them consider the following:

1) They need to make sure they are committed to being there for all of the important events! Some of these events include the days you have set aside for dress shopping (if you want all of them there), bridal shower, bachelorette party, engagement party (if you choose to have one), the rehersal dinner, and the wedding (no brainer!). Give them these dates with plenty of notice so they know ahead of time and can figure it out with work if nececssary.

2) Something else they need to consider before committing to being a bridesmaid is the investment that goes with it. Bridesmaids are responsible for their dress & accessories that go with it. Give them an estimate price of how much all of that will cost so they can think about it reasonably. Also, give them an idea of how much the hair & makeup artist will charge.

3) They need to be willing to actually be there for you and help you wedding plan when you want the help. Make sure you can get ahold of them easily.

4) Remind them that this is you & your fiancé’s day and that they need to be happy for you and leave any drama at home for the weekend.

5) Tell them the color scheme and any ideas you have already!

6) Tell them any restrictions and whether they are going to have a plus one and who they will walk down the aisle with.

7) Tell them the hashtag so they can celebrate and share with you on social media!!

8) Remind them not to make any drastic body-alterations before the big day such as neon orange hair or tattoo sleeves on their arms, especially if they are wearing sleeveless gowns.

9) Make sure they are ready to have fun and celebrate this exciting time in your life! You only get married once!!

  1. Candi says:

    Great tips! Have fun wedding planning!!!

  2. Leslie Ann says:

    Congratulations Jessica!! Great post!
    Oh… I know a couple great photographers if you need one 😉 hehe

  3. Urška Majer says:

    Congratus on the engagement! I’ve seen the photographs and they are amazing 🙂

  4. Chantal says:

    What a great blog post idea!! So so great!

  5. Alex says:

    Love this! SO helpful for any bride!!

  6. christina says:

    Congrats! And this is such a great blog post idea! I love the tips!

  7. Adrien says:

    What a wonderful chance to pass on your planning wisdom and experience with the dual perspective of a wedding professional and now a bride! Love these tips — especially the hashtag 🙂

  8. Awesome tips! We have to think about everyone involved in the big day!

  9. Misty says:

    Uh, yes. No body alterations is a huge one!!!

  10. YAY! Congrats!! Great tips!

  11. Beth Mack says:

    First of all…Congrats!!!!! Awesome post! I am coming up on a year of being married and when I asked my girls I think they though it was all just fun. Trying to get them to go dress shopping was a pain as they were never available. We ended up just getting a notary and going to the beach as they could not pick out a dress, get sized, or even say for sure if they could make it even though we where paying for everything (transportation 30 minutes away, dress, shoes…). I cannot wait to see more in your series. Congrats again!

    • Oh no! That sounds like such a horrifying experience – I am so sorry that happened! I am hoping that if I set a date and time for them now that they’ll be able to come! 🙂

  12. Isabelle says:

    Great post with so many important things to consider! Thanks for sharing!

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