Comforting Your Wedding PartyWords by Be Inspired PR Your wedding party will most likely be overjoyed to be a part of your destination wedding day and get to take a little vacay. However, they are "out of their element" -- as they say -- and it is important to make sure they feel comfortable! The folks at Be Inspired PR rounded up advice on the subject from wedding industry experts. This was what they had to say:
Grace Lee, Founder & CEO of Birdy Grey
Being a bridesmaid is a huge honor, but keep in mind that not everyone may be on the same budget. Between the bridal shower, bachelorette party, gifts and wedding travel, expenses quickly add up. One way to make everyone in the bridal party feel comfortable is to opt for bridesmaid dresses that won't break the bank. All of Birdy Grey's bridesmaid dresses are under $100 and come in a range of figure-flatting silhouettes and styles, so there's something for everyone.
With the average cost of a bridesmaid dress at $165 (before alterations) and considering the fact that most women will only wear the dress once, Birdy Grey's affordable gowns are a no-brainer. If it's within your budget, you can also help offset the cost with our $50 Halfsies E-Gift Card, which makes a great addition to your "bridesmaid proposal" box, and will make your bridesmaids on a budget feel more comfortable to partake upfront.
Choose a bachelorette party destination that is accessible to everyone, such as a staycation at a charming Airbnb or local boutique hotel--the girls on a budget can opt-out of staying overnight to help save on costs. Ask a family member or relative to co-host your bridal shower, so that your bridesmaids won't have to foot the entire bill.
If not everyone in your bridal knows each other (such as a childhood bestie or close co-worker), plan smaller outings in more intimate settings (venue hunting or wedding dress shopping) so that they get to know each other before larger events, like the bachelorette party or bridal shower.
“We all know buddies come in different sizes. Big and tall. Goofy and lanky and of course, we all love our buddies as they are. At Generation Tux, we like to say, “Everyone is invited”. It is why we created our collection to be comfortable and stylish. Flex-fit waistbands, 100% wool that is breathable and light and 100% cotton shirts. We don’t use polyester blends or cheap fabrics that can add longevity to items. We go for comfort and style. To do that, you have to invest in your product. So to make sure that everyone is comfortable in your wedding party, make sure to choose a quality product. Read reviews. Do home try-ons. Get a feel for what they will feel.
Nathan Bellah, VP of Marketing at Generation Tux
Break the ice. Oftentimes your bridal party will consist of important people from all the different phases of your life—so it’s very likely not everyone will know each other! After asking your friends and fam to join your bride tribe, get them all together for a casual meet-and-greet so they’ll be comfortable within the group prior to the start of the wedding festivities. Or if they live in different parts of the world, you can even do this virtually via a Skype happy hour!
Jenna Miller, Creative Director, Here Comes the Guide
Choose flattering dresses—or let them pick their own. Along with being considerate of the price point of your bridesmaid dresses, you'll also want to consider the shapes and sizes of your bridal party. One size doesn’t fit all—so keep each member in mind before choosing that form-fitting strapless gown! One way around this is to give them fashion freedom. Take advantage of the mix-and-match dress trend by giving your ladies the color palette/event style you've chosen, along with the freedom to pick their own ensemble. Your bridal party will appreciate your flexibility—and they'll feel better about spending money on an outfit they'll likely wear again!
Let them choose their own hair and/or makeup. Each of your bridal party members is beautiful and unique in their own way—so why you want them all wearing the same shade of red lipstick or the same stiff updo? They'll feel the most comfortable if you let them choose their own makeup and hairstyle, whether they do it themselves or get professionally done-up. Just remember: If you insist that your bridesmaids get their hair or makeup professionally done, you’re required to pick up the tab!
Let them choose their own shoes. This is another place where one size doesn’t fit all! If you want your bridesmaids to be comfortable all wedding long, let them pick their own footwear. You can always give them a specific color to stick to for uniformity and coordination purposes, but don't require a 4-inch stiletto or piggy-pinching style. And if you want them to be really comfy, gift them with a cute pair of flip-flops for dancing at the reception!
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Birdy Grey (1st, 2nd 3rd) & Generation Tux (4th & 5th)
You Might Also Like
Get the latest wedding trends & ideas by email