Tips For Bonding With Your Greek Bridal Party
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So, you’ve decided to get married in the Greek Orthodox Church. You’ve spoken with your priest and you’ve chosen your Koumbara and/or Koumbaros. You’ve also selected the rest of your wedding party – and that includes the bridesmaids. The bridesmaids will offer you essential support and aid while planning the wedding. However, sometimes tensions may arise between members of your bridal party. How can you prevent this from happening?
The answer is that you should give him or her plenty of opportunities to bond with each other to make sure there is no tension or friction between them. If they get along well in a relaxed, social environment, they’ll maintain this excellent connection while helping you make wedding plans.
Throw a Kickoff Party
To thank your bridal party for agreeing to help you on this journey, you may want to throw them a party. You can make the gathering as small or large as you like but the ultimate goal is to give them all an opportunity to get to know each other in a social setting. Have the party at your home, in a restaurant, or plan a fun outing (such as a beach day) for everyone to take part in. This will also give you the opportunity to introduce them to each other in person rather than over the phone or email.
Introduce Each Other Online
Sometimes, it just isn’t possible for your bridesmaids to get to know everyone – especially if members of the bridal party live far away. That’s okay – you can also throw a “party” online using video chat. For example, you can still have a kickoff party but if someone can’t attend because of the distance, you can set up video chat during the party so everyone can meet each other.
Invite Them Out on a Regular Basis
Think about all the things in your life that you do naturally. Do you regularly go out for dinner, visit spas, or take fitness classes? Now that you have a bridal party, you should begin inviting them along on your outings. This is strictly casual and social and not “work” and will help them get to know each other further. Just remember not to leave anyone out. You should invite every member of your bridal party on these outings so everyone feels welcomed.
Have Them Meet Your Family
Let’s face it – if members of your bridal party aren’t of Greek descent they may find your family overwhelming at first. The last thing you want to do is stress them out as your wedding approaches. To avoid this, you should introduce them to your family early on in the wedding planning so they have a chance to get to know each other before the crucial moments. Now, if your aunt is vocally giving her opinion during the dress fitting, it won’t come as a complete shock to the non-Greeks.
Your bridal party will not only be there for you on your wedding day, they will also give you much needed help and emotional support through the planning stages. If they get along well, it will make everything so much easier!
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