To our 2020 brides around the world – we're sorry for all the stress you're going through & we're here for you!
And if you have a bride bestie in your life right now going through the added stress & uncertainty of postponing, pivoting & canceling wedding plans you must be wondering how you can help. Sadly, in this time when we most want to run to friends, hug & offer a shoulder to cry on – we have to social distance. Want to send them to the spa? That's out of the question too.
So bride besties looking to spread some love, it's time to get creative…
If you're a bridesmaid, maid of honor, fiance, family member or just thoughtful friend looking for ways to comfort the bride in your life, we've got some ideas on how to cheer up your favorite girl, even if you can't be near them right now.
1. Send her flowers!
While florist shops may be temporarily closed, we know plenty of florists who are taking orders over the phone & online for arrangements & offering contact-free delivery.
Not sure how to find someone in your area? Search “your city + florist” on Instagram to find plenty of indie floral designers. Maybe your bride's own wedding florist is offering services and you can coordinate a bouquet similar to her planned wedding flowers – which would be the ultimate thoughtful touch!
2. Send her wine!
Dubbed “essential businesses” in many states & offering sales without open retail in many others, ordering wine delivery is just about as easy as ever. Call a wine shop near your bride's home (or check their Instagram pages or websites) to find out how to send over her favorite bottle.
3. Treat her to an at-home spa
I've always been a massive endorser of DIY spas – and what better time to help your gal pal relieve all that tension and stress?
Shop on Sephora, Amazon, Credo, Anthropologie (they have a surprising fabulous beauty section) or even Etsy to create a spa care package filled with face masks, body scrubs, body oils, creams, jade rollers & bath salts delivered directly to her door. (Don't forget to order your own kit & Facetime each other with your masks on!)
4. Send her a gorgeous bridal (& work from home) robe
We love bridal robes! If there were ever a piece of currently useful bridalwear it's loungewear. Let your bridal bestie daydream about her nuptials to come in a gorgeous silk robe she can use to get ready on her wedding day. We have a list of robes we love here & you can always browse through Etsy's bridal robes, too. In doing so you can support small businesses in this time of need!
5. Send cards, group letters & planners
Check out the Sympathy (or Humor, for a lighter approach) section on Papersource, get your bride tribe together to send a bunch of individual cards at once (it's so nice to feel like “we're all in this together”). Then, maybe gift one of these fresh & pretty planners & organizers if she's back to the drawing board in the wedding planning process.
6. Find out any accessory she was thinking of buying…
Perhaps new wedding plans or lost deposits mean your bridal bestie can no longer afford or justify that fancy pair of earrings, heels, tiara or bracelet she loved. If you can afford it yourself, perhaps surprise your girl with that piece of the wardrobe she thought was no longer in the cards. (We have loads of great accessory & veil designers to shop from here).
7. Help her contact vendors
If you really want to dig your heels in (& your bride accepts the extra help) why not offer to contact some of her wedding vendors if she's thinking of picking a new wedding date. Even just checking off a few people to contact & coordinate with would likely a big weight off her shoulders.
We're wishing all the couples out there the best in navigating their new plans & hope everyone stays safe & healthy! If you need more advice on what to do in these uncertain times visit our Planning section & take a look at these tips on how to postpone your wedding.