Wedding planning can be very stressful – and not just on the happy couple. While a survey of 500 engaged and recently married couples revealed that 86% of respondents felt elevated anxiety during wedding planning, brides and grooms aren’t the only people likely to experience wedding angst. Close family and friends who opt to help plan often help carry the burden, especially friends included in the wedding party.
While being asked to be in a wedding party is a great honor, it typically does come with a list of duties and expectations. As the wedding industry continues to grow, it’s important to know what you are getting yourself into before you accept a wedding party invitation.
Bridesmaids, particularly the maid of honor, typically take on a lot of extra work to help celebrate the bride-to-be. A bridesmaid can plan to spend an average of $1,200 per wedding and a maid of honor should plan to spend even more money, time, and energy on the wedding planning.
The stress of being included a bridal party will of course depend on the bride and her expectations. If you’re dealing with a bridezilla, expect more stress than usual as you set the stage for her pre-wedding activities.
If you do plan to say yes to your bridesmaid invitation, use these tips below to reduce stress and get the most out of your bridesmaid experience.