Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses & 8 Other Ways To Make Life Easier On Your Bridal Party

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As a bride, if there's anything you can do to make life easier on your bridal party, definitely consider it. While these folks are obviously there to help you, and want to make your life easier, there's a lot that goes into being a bridesmaid, too. And finding ways to keep costs, time, and stress levels down won't go unnoticed.

It is common, after all, to expect a lot of a bridal party. The job entails planning trips, organizing parties, and buying lots of gifts and (usually pricey) matching outfits — among other wedding traditions. But even with all those boxes checked, it'll still be possible to find balance.

"Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but can also be extremely stressful," Robin Baab Olascoaga, founder and creative director of RO & Co. Events, a Los Angeles-based full service event planning and design firm, tells Bustle. "Being a bride is also incredibly stressful, so in order to keep your stress level down, ensure your [bridal party is] well-informed, your expectations for them are clearly defined," and remembering that they are your friends and family, and not necessarily professional wedding planners.

If you need help, they'll be right by your side. But there are ways to work together to keep things fun and fair throughout the process. As Olascoaga says, "Treat them with respect and they will do the same for you." Here, a few ways to make their lives easier, with the goal of creating a great wedding day.