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Girls just wanna bond and while the bachelorette party is the perfect place to make sure your besties become very well acquainted, it's also a good idea to meet more than once — even if it's just on Google Hangouts! From treating your girls to surf lessons to initiating fun group chats, here are 6 creative ways to get your bridesmaids together before the big day.
1. Set up a group text, email or Facebook page
If your BFFs are spread out all across the country and it's too much to coordinate a trip — a pre-wedding get together may not be possible. In this case, Chancey Charm Charlotte wedding planner, Miranda Tassi, strongly advises starting a wedding Facebook group — a group text or email will work too — and inviting all your girls. "It can be an outlet for advice, catching up, getting to know each other and keeping up on wedding details. They will most likely friend and follow each other on social media outlets, and if they see a post they can relate to, it can be an easy conversation starter."
2. Teach them a lesson
Or rather, have someone else do it! One couple that Jessica Janik, Founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid, is currently working with is getting married on the beach. They love surfing so they decided to treat their entire bridal party to surf lessons beforehand. Not only is it a fun activity for your girls, but it's also likely a new experience for many, which is scientifically proven to encourage bonding. If you don't live by the beach, try something totally different, like a mixology class or a guided hike.
3. Create a Guesterly book
It's like a yearbook, except for your wedding guests or in this case, just your bridal party! Ask each of your bridesmaids to answer a short questionnaire on Guesterly.com. Put their photo and information together in a cute booklet, suggests Emily Schwartz, owner of Galej Events in North Carolina. "Share this booklet with each of your bridesmaids so they can learn a little more about each other before the big day."
4. Hit up a winery
A fun way for your bridesmaids to connect is by taking them to a winery, says Alana Futcher, Chancey Charm Richmond wedding planner and coordinator. "This gives the girls a chance to get to know one another in an atmosphere that can spark other talk, rather than just wedding-related stuff."
5. Organize a dinner tour
For bridesmaids that live in the same city, organize a dinner tour, says Chancey Charm Denver wedding coordinator Lauren Groeper. "Start with your favorite spot for happy hour cocktails, and then move onto a different location for appetizers, then main course and dessert." You can also try inviting everyone over for a night, to help you concoct a few signature cocktails. "This is a great way for all of your close friends to interact and work together to create something special that will be included in the wedding!"
6. Do lunch and get your palms read together
Relationship advice expert and author April Masini recommends inviting your bridesmaids out to lunch or to a cocktail party and have a psychic do short readings. "This breaks the ice and bonds your bridesmaids, who may or may not know each other well. It also gives them a memory, besides the beautiful wedding to come, to reminisce about."