With your engagement in the books, your next big step as a bride is putting together your bridal party and enlisting your closest confidantes to be invaluable additions to your special day. Unfortunately, brides have to overcome a wide range of tradition, etiquette and scheduling challenges, but The Park Savoy is here to help you hit the ground running with a strong foundation for your bridal party. Here are a few of the chief questions that face every bride and how to get around them.
- When do I put together my bridal party?
First off, avoid the urge to call all of your friends with the big news, especially when your plans aren’t set in stone! It’s best to ensure that your date, location and number of guests are in place first before formally reaching out to prospective bridal party members. This will allow you to narrow down a possibly lengthy list and include the people who are the most important people now and into the future.
- What are the mandatory bridal party events?
Being a part of a bridal party can be a costly affair, and you don’t want to ask some members to overcommit themselves with their time and expenses, so set clear expectations from the beginning of what your bridesmaids will be attending in the future. Ideally, they should only have to attend the events that are directly connected to the wedding itself, such as the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding makeup and hair sessions. The bachelorette party and bridal shower party are also extremely important, but you should be willing to allow a member to back out if they are unable to attend for whatever reason.
- How much of the bridesmaid attire do I dictate?
As the bride, what you say goes. With that said, there are ways that you can make the dress code process easier by expanding your bridesmaids’ options. For instance, while you may have chosen a specific bridesmaid dress color, give your loved ones more freedom with the dress cut, shoes and accessory choices so they can still have some freedom to show their personality while keeping with your streamlined look. If there’s something that you’d really like all of your bridal party members to wear, it’s always a nice gesture to provide these accessories as gifts.
Contact The Park Savoy Estate to make your big day an exciting one.