One Month and Counting

Every bride has the final countdown. One month to go! Within those last 30 something days, brides are typically overwhelmed, stressed out, and exhausted. It is the duty of all of her family, friends and bridesmaids to make sure that she is well taken care of. In fact, it is the duty of the aformentioned to actually chip in and help with all of the last minute details if at all possible.

For example, bridesmaids, if something is going on with your dress, please handle the situation without freaking out the bride. If the dress is shipping later than anticipated, keep a positive attitude for the bride and contact the salon and request a tracking number. Or, if your alterations aren't going as smoothly as you wished, have a heart to heart with the seamstress. Communication is key. Create solutions so that all will work out beautifully.

Family and friends should be courteous and understanding towards the bride. Everyone needs to be aware that the guest list is a huge stress point for the bride. Please sympathize with her when your invitation arrives. If you have a boyfriend of just a few weeks, do not expect him to be invited and by all means do not add the plus one on your own. The numbers are well thought out when figuring out the budget. And, adding plus ones here and there add up. In addition, if your children's names aren't on the invitation, don't ask if they can come. Many brides choose not to include children. Therefore, think of it as a night out on the town, and hire a babysitter and have a beautiful celebration.

It seems that every wedding creates hurt feelings. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Put your own feelings aside and empathize with the bride. Your day will come, if it hasn't already, and you will have your own difficult decisions to make. Keep in mind that a wedding is a celebration of people uniting in love.

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