Regardless of what kind of wedding she might be planning, every bride knows that a good bridesmaid is worth her weight in gold. Weddings aren’t the easiest of things to pull off, and having a group of joyful, loving friends and cousins who are set on making it the best possible event means a lot—when they’re around, you know things are going to get done, and your dream is going to come true. If you are happy that your bridesmaids are there for you every step of the way, there are many things you can do to show your gratitude.

After all, your big day is coming and we’re sure all of you are a little stressed, so here are some things you can do together that will relax you and help you bond.

Make a tea party

Thematic parties are basically an opportunity to dress up, and there’s nothing more fun than an event where you all get to taste tea (and coffee, if you like), eat sweet pastries and mini sandwiches, and wear posh dresses. This is a good choice for a bride who also wants to take her mother or her aunt to the event because it’s pretty classy. The purpose of this gathering is to gussy up and really show up looking like high-class ladies, but also to get everyone talking—if women from your friends and your family don’t know each other well, it’s a good idea to let them get familiar before the wedding. It’s simple, it’s very laidback, and even the posh dressiness of it is all played for laughs. You can organize this at your own home to make it more comfortable, or you could go to an actual tea room, or even a restaurant.

Have a little spa day at home

bridesmaid spa day

The possibilities here are endless, but this is a more personal affair where you should allow yourselves to fully relax and not pay attention to anything other than pampering for a while. Have everyone bring some snacks and booze, and prepare body lotions, bath salts, perfumed oils, nail polishes, scrubs, face masks, and hand creams that you can use. You can also prepare little thank-you bags with useful goodies. Inside them, put lipsticks, soft g strings, and maybe some cute earrings. A nice sexy g string will definitely come in handy when your crowd goes out to party in skintight dresses and heels, and lipstick can make any woman feel more polished. Show them you intend to have many more fun moments with them when you hand them the gifts and watch some cheesy movie as you paint each other’s nails.

Book everyone a foot massage

bridesmaid massage

While a full-body massage is more of an individual thing, foot massages are something you can enjoy together. If feels unbelievably good to sit back in a chair as someone kneads the soles of your feet, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get a pedicure and to catch up on the latest gossip with your bridesmaids. Book your appointments at some nice salon that will make you feel like royalty, and allow professionals to relax you and make you feel great.

Go on a weekend getaway

If you’re all tense and weary, a little vacation could be just the thing you need to lift your spirits. Sometimes you simply have to get away to recharge your batteries and get a new perspective on things, and this vacation can be a short road trip or a flight to some exotic location—whatever suits your fancy. A lot of bachelorette parties are actually weekend getaways, but this usually implies glamour and partying, and it might not be what you need at the moment. Instead, go somewhere quieter where you won’t have to worry about anything at all for a few days. Sipping cocktails by the pool, relaxing in a charming cottage as you sip on hot chocolate and chat with your besties, or maybe taking a wellness holiday where you can dedicate yourself to yoga, meditation, and self-care.

Treasure your bridesmaids because they’ll be sharing all your joy and love when the big day finally arrives. They’re there to support you and make your wedding even more magical, so take some time to show them how much they’re appreciated.

Written by Sophia

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