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5 Ways to show your bridesmaids the love

Karen Rose is a freelance writer and has written for Wedding Magazine (a UK publication), Modern Wedding Flowers and Sydney Bride (two Australian bridal publications). She's also just completed a piece for The Nest digital magazine (US)....

The heart of appreciation

Valentine’s Day. It’s all about celebrating the people you love, right? Aside from your man, what about your faithful bridesmaids? You know, the gals who have kept you going through thick and thin, held your hand in the bridal salon when the dress was (way) too tight and listened as you sobbed about your mother-in-law. This V-Day season, make sure to show these amazing ladies how much they mean to you.

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Here are five ways to show your bridesmaids the love!

1

Say thank you

Sounds obvious, right? In the flurry of wedding planning, it can be easy to forget to show your maids how grateful you are. Next time they're helping out, be sure to add a simple, "Thanks so much. I just want you to know I really appreciate all you're doing!" Trust us, a little gratitude goes a long way (and has the added benefit of just being polite!).

2

Give them a gift

When it comes to the wedding day, your maids will probably feel like they've run a marathon (a sparkly, lace-edged marathon, but a long haul nonetheless!). Make them the stars of the show with a gift at the rehearsal dinner (some cute robes to wear on the day are a super option that they'll be able to use again). Present their gifts to them as you make a toast to their fabulousness!

3

Take them out on a date

Treating your maids to a girls-only date (without any wedding talk) is a great way to make them feel appreciated. A fun night out or a coffee at your favorite haunt will give you all a chance to reconnect (there's a reason they say that laughter is the best medicine!).

4

Say it with flowers

If one of your maids has gone above and beyond for you, why not let her know how appreciative you are with a little posy of flowers? Attach a note thanking her for her help. We guarantee she'll be misty-eyed!

5

Ask them how they're doing

Make sure to check in with your maids to see what's going on in their lives (you may have been so preoccupied that you've forgotten to ask). A simple email with "Hi! Just wanted to check in and see how you're doing!" will mean the world.

Keep showing your maids the love and we guarantee that they'll be smiling (as in actual, real smiles) come the big day.

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