Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honor, but also a great responsibility. You’re basically single handedly responsible for the bride’s happiness and stress levels. Now that I’ve had the experience of being a bridesmaid, plus the fact that I’ve watched the movie Bridesmaids 40-50 times, I like to think I know a thing or two about what it takes to be a great one. Today, I’ve partnered with Papyrus to share my five tips for being the best bridesmaid, plus a look at their stunning wedding collection that every bridesmaid, wedding guest, and bride-to-be needs to know about.
Before we get into my top five tips, I have to share a little bit more about the Papyrus wedding collection. A wedding is not an ordinary, everyday event, and Papyrus created a collection that is far from ordinary. Each card is intricately detailed and luxurious. Not only does the collection include stunning greeting cards and gift wrap, but beautiful entertaining products that can be used for so many occasions throughout the engagement.
Now, onto the tips.
#1: Be interested. It’s as simple as that. Brides can sometimes feel selfish for wanting to talk about their big day, so make sure she knows you’re interested. Ask questions and take a genuine interest in the process. It will mean a lot to her.
#2: Try to keep her as stress-free as possible. Even when a situation seems hopeless, try to keep her spirits high. Help her with tasks that will lighten her to-do list, and try to resolve any bridesmaid drama without her ever having to know about it.
#3: Treat her. If someone asks you to be their bridesmaid, chances are they’re a pretty important person in your life. Find little ways to spoil her and make her feel special throughout the process. It’s the little things that count. Surprise her with coffee when you know she’s up late arguing about table arrangements with her family. Write her a card expressing your excitement about the big day. I personally love the Laser-Cut Cake card. How could a card this dreamy not melt the stress away? You’d be amazed by what a little gesture can do.
#4: Just listen to her. If you’re engaged or married, then you know how many different opinions you have to accommodate during the wedding planning process. Your friend probably just needs someone to vent to more than anything. Be a listening ear.
#5: Be ready to have a great time. Sure, being a bridesmaid can be quite the task, but it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences. Nothing is more special than being there for someone on one of the biggest days of their lives. And trust me, whether the bride says it a million times or not, she appreciates everything you do for her.
Whether you’re a bridesmaid, bride-to-be, or simply a wedding guest this season, the Papyrus wedding collection has everything you need. The Couture line is a personal favorite, featuring cards decorated with everything from foil to feathers. The Happily Ever After plates and napkins are another favorite. My mom actually plans on ordering a whole bunch to use throughout our engagement. They’re beautiful to use for any bridal event, and they’re great to have on hand for any last minute get-to-togethers. We have a lot of family traveling in for the engagement party, so we’ll be using them after the party when we host guests back at our home.
If you’re looking for wedding inspiration, Papyrus has an entire section of their site dedicated to all things weddings. From wedding invitation etiquette to what to write in a bridal shower card, they’ve got you covered! I’ve been using it as a guide as I plan my own wedding! The wedding collection is available online at papyrusonline.com, and in-store.
Are you attending any weddings this summer?