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11 Ways to Keep Your Bridesmaids Happy

Want to ensure your girls still love you after the wedding? Here's your to-do list.

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1. Realize They Have a Life Outside of Your Wedding

Sure, they've received the honorable title "bridesmaid," but that doesn't mean your best friends can ignore their other real-world titles, and neither should you. Be mindful of their schedules when deciding who to ask to tag along to your dress fitting or to an appointment with your florist. For example, don't schedule something for 10 a.m. on a weekday if you know it'll be a pain for your maid of honor to make it. If it's truly important for her to be there with you, find out what days are easiest for her to take a long lunch or leave work a little early. And be mindful of your tone. Ask them (don't tell them) to be there. Hopefully, they'll make an effort to attend activities when they can.

Photo: The Parsons Photographers