Wedding stress can get the best of every bride and groom—but that's where the wedding party comes in! Being a bridesmaid (or groomsmen) is so much more than standing by your best friend's side on the big day. It's about supporting them throughout the entire wedding planning process.
When wedding planning gets overwhelming—and trust us, it will—there are plenty of things you can do to help. Whether it is writing a handwritten letter, surprising your bestie with a bouquet or sharing words of encouragement, the little actions you take during the planning process will mean so much to the bride.
To give you a headstart, we outlined some simple and thoughtful ways to show the bride you've always got her back and to help her kick wedding planning stress to the curb.
Write a Letter
In a time when snail mail has been taken over by bills and spam, there's something to be said about receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. It's a heartfelt surprise and guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. Take a few minutes to write a letter to your best friend—ask how they're doing, list some reasons why you love them and thank them for being a wonderful friend.
Send a Beautiful Bouquet
Did you know that fresh flowers can actually help reduce stress? If you ask us, all brides and grooms-to-be should surround themselves with beautiful bouquets ahead of the wedding! Companies like The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems will deliver gorgeous flower arrangements directly to your bestie's door. You can also contact your local florist and ask if they have any delivery options, too!
Deliver Batch Cocktails
We could all use a drink every once and a while—and sometimes that's due to wedding planning stress! Send your friend their favorite drink via batch cocktail delivery companies like Sourced Craft Cocktails or Cocktail Courier. All the ingredients to your favorite concoctions like manhattans, martinis, margaritas and more will be sent in the mail. All your friend has to do is mix, pour and cheers!
Create a Video Montage
For an action guaranteed to bring tears (in a good way!), ask members of the wedding party as well as the bride's parents, in-laws, siblings and friends to record a video of them sharing words of encouragement and love. Sites like Tribute.co and VidHug make collecting submissions and compiling the footage easy. Your friend won't expect such a heartwarming video, but she will surely appreciate the gesture. Plus, it'll be a video she will cherish forever!
Order a Sweet Treat
Could dessert be the key to all of our problems? Probably not, but it could definitely help! Order bite-size cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, cookies from Milk Bar or contact your local bakery to deliver a cake. Lactose-intolerant? Opt for a few pints of Beckon Ice Cream, a lactose-free treat that is arguably better traditional ice cream.
Ask Her What She Needs
Sometimes, the best thing to do is to ask the bride how you can help. Perhaps she is feeling overwhelmed by her wedding to-do list. Help take some of the burden off her by asking her exactly what she needs. There's a good chance she won't need anything from you, but she'll definitely appreciate the question.
Request a Cameo
If you've never heard of the website Cameo, prepare to have your mind blown. It's a company that allows you to pay your favorite celebrities to send you or a friend a personalized video message. The site features musicians, actors, athletes and reality television stars and prices vary per celebrity.