Cheers to the wonderful woman in your life who just smooched hello a gorgeous diamond ring and a lifelong commitment to the person of her dreams! But before it's time to take baby steps down the aisle and break it down on the dance floor, the bride-to-be has a lot of decisions and planning ahead of her. Want to know how you can be there for her throughout the wedding adventure? Here are five ways you can easily help.
1. Become Her Google Gal Pal
Offer to spend a Sunday afternoon with the bride-to-be and help her research vendors, find the best online planning tools, and organize her wedding adventure to-do list. For the bride, just having someone beside her when she's kicking this process off makes it an enjoyable and stress-free experience.
2. Take Her Out on the Town
There will be many chances to celebrate your newly engaged friend, but before all the parties and showers begin, take her out, just the two of you, for a glass of bubbly. This will help amp up the excitement for what's to come and be a good chance to reminder that you'll be there for her through it all.
3. Relaxation Celebration
Schedule some fun afternoons or evenings together, throughout the upcoming year, where the two of you can distress. Nail appointments, massages, or just hiding away in the back row of a movie theater, watching the latest rom-com, will help the bride take a break from some of the wedding chaos that may fall on her plate.
4. Throw a Pinning Party
Spend a night, or two, together pinning fun decorations and DIY ideas over a bottle of wine and some yummy appetizers.
5. Use Your Strengths
If you're good at crafting, offer to help with DIY crafts. If you like to design, offer to help design the save-the-date cards or the wedding invitations. Whatever skill you're good at, or enjoy doing, offer that as your number one way to help the bride out.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire*. She's the author of *All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.