5 Ways to Break the Ice with Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

By ryan | January 14, 2022 | Weddings,

Bride and groom posing with bridesmaids and groomsmen

While this isn’t usually something at the top of the wedding planning list or even on most couples’ radar, breaking the ice with the bridesmaids and groomsmen before the wedding transforms the overall atmosphere of your big day. Most wedding parties have an assortment of people: childhood friends, close coworkers, cousins, college friends.

Between you and your fiance, you’ll probably have a lot of different people, all from unique backgrounds–which makes the wedding even more special but can be awkward at first.

What is the Role of the Wedding Party?

wedding couple toasting with bridesmaids and groomsmen

Traditional wedding parties are still a popular staple of modern weddings. And while roles are open to interpretation, there is usually a standard expectation for responsibilities.

It is typically the bridesmaid’s responsibility to help plan and host all parties in honor of the bride before her special day. For example, bridesmaids are usually tasked with throwing bachelorette parties and organizing showers–all in addition to being on standby to offer emotional support throughout the entire process. The groomsmen take on the same sort of responsibilities for their best friend. 

Between all the planning and hosting, you may feel like it’s not necessary to break the ice beforehand. However, when bridesmaids and groomsmen know each other and feel comfortable together, it can make all the difference from the ceremony to the dance floor. 

Plus, the audience will pick up on the vibe of friendship and celebration. It just elevates the whole day!

5 Ways to Break the Ice

guessing game night with bridesmaids and groomsmen

1. Make introductions as soon as possible.

The moment you’ve solidified the wedding party, start making introductions. Make your first meeting more than a group text if everyone lives nearby. Take them out for coffee or drinks and get to know each other on a more personal level.

2. Focus on what you all have in common

Even if everyone has different interests, they have one thing in common: you. Make sure to share stories and photos about how you met each wedding party member. Chances are, your bridesmaids have heard stories about each other but may have never had the opportunity to meet.

3. Host an outing

If you have a longer engagement with extra time leading up to the wedding, host a game night, go on a day trip, or plan an activity for everyone. Spending time together in a low-pressure environment is a great way to bond and form authentic friendships.

4. Involve them in the planning

The more the bridesmaids and groomsmen are involved in planning, the more they’ll be invested in getting to know each other and have opportunities to cross paths before the big day.

5. Make the most of the rehearsal dinner.

Some people may think the rehearsal dinner is only a practice run. However, it’s a great way to break the barriers between the families and guests and share in the celebration. 

Professional Tip

Marinaj wedding venue

If you’re worried about the wedding party feeling comfortable with each other, you should know one more pro tip: the venue sets the tone for the whole wedding. 

Choosing a beautiful, spacious venue with Marinaj Banquets and Events sets the atmosphere for a happy night filled with dancing and celebration. An inviting venue and a close-knit wedding party create the secret sauce for a wedding everyone will enjoy and remember.