How to accept help from the not-so-helpful without pulling your hair out #Friends & Family Advice#family December 18 | Guest post by Beatrix Photo by Wild About You Photography There are a million reasons why someone offering to help out at your wedding will actually cause more hindrance than help. Distance, time, ability… whatever. These people are offering their help because they care about you and want your day to be as awesome as possible. So what's the best way to graciously accept their help while minimizing frustrations and/or pulling your hair out? (Un)fortunately, personal wedding experience has allowed me to offer these tips: Work in bulk I've seen some Offbeat Brides host crafting nights, and I think those are great. Getting people together to finish tasks allows you to see the final product and (hopefully) get a bunch done while hanging out with awesome people! Which brings me to… Pair 'em up Who doesn't need a spotter in life? If a flaky relative really wants to do the centerpieces, enlist the help of a more reliable family member to keep that shit on track. Or perhaps they'd be willing to stay up all night two days before the wedding when said flake, well, flakes out. Don't rely on them for something imperative This one is especially good for those that have time conflicts. Favors aren't a big deal for us, so it provided a perfect opportunity for my aunt to take that task over. She's going all out on them, and lord knows if they'll be finished. But, if they don't get done, no big deal. Something borrowed My grandmother desperately wants to help with her first grandchild's wedding. But she has such bad anxiety that she's been sent to the hospital before with stomach ulcers. I wanted her to feel like she could contribute, but not feel like she had to run around getting stuff done. So I'm going to borrow some of her basket collection to use as the card box, favor holder, etc. She already has them, so no stress, and she'll get to be a big help! Monetary help is still help Did you buy your parents a gift if they didn't help contribute to the wedding? For those who financed their weddings themselves (AKA no parental financial help, or help from anyone other than you and your beloved), how did you... [more] I know this topic is touchy, especially for Offbeat Brides with traditional relatives who want to activate the power of the purse. But that's not the kind of "help" I'm talking about. Some people are not able to give their labor or time, so they cut a check to express their support. This is help. Accept it along with their love. What do they want to do? Sometimes the easiest thing is to ask them what they want to help with. Working on something they like will (hopefully) inspire them to actually do it. Acknowledgement goes a long way As cheesy as it sounds, even if the person who wanted to help didn't, it's the thought that counts. They should still be thanked for thinking of you and even making the offer. Enthusiastic gratitude will make for a wedding atmosphere that is warm and fuzzy come Game Day. What are your tips for receiving help from the well-meaning but not-so-helpful? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Beatrix Beatrix is an environmental scientist who loves all things green and crafting like a madwoman. She's currently trying to plan a holiday wedding without the holiday theme. PREVIOUS You'll love this romantic pink wedding served up with a bit of skull cake NEXT A Damn Fine Wedding: Megan & Jason's Twin Peaks wedding Toggle comments [ 3 ] My issue wasn't so much wrangling non-helpful people who still wanted to contribute as dealing with people who wanted to help, but had no idea how to be off beat. A lot of the folks who offered assistance were simply unable to see our vision, and when we asked for help with something we knew they would be great at, they were uncomfortable doing it. "I could really use a hand scanning all these Marvel cards, and you're really pro with that sort of thing!" "Marvel cards? Oh, uh, do you have anything else that needs scanning?" "Nope, just the cards." "…" "Hey, I know you said you had some time to give me a hand today. How about we have some tea and visit while we assemble all these guidebooks?" "I thought you wanted help with the programs?" "Well, this is what we decided to use instead of programs, and they just need to be tied together with ribbon. It will be so much faster with two of us!" "Oh, uh, I'd rather do actual programs, I think…" They just couldn't see now everything was going to come together,and. I suppose they couldn't see themselves helping with things that, in their minds, didn't make sense when it came to a wedding. It was very satisfying on the day to have everyone exclaiming about how much they loved everything and now it was just so us. We tried to tell them… 9 agree Reply Growing up in Texas, it was common to have a "house party" full of people who do things like keep an eye on the guest book to make sure people sign it, hand out programs, and help cut and serve the cake. They typically wear a corsage or boutonniere to mark them out as special helpers. For my BIL's wedding, my husband and I only arrived in the country the day before, so we served drinks at the rehearsal dinner. It was an awesome way to get to help, when we couldn't do any more than that due to logistics. I'll be one of the only one of my family members (8 weddings total so far) to use a caterer, so I'm not sure how I'll employ those who want to help. 3 agree Reply Fellow Texas bride here, with similar "house party" mentality. We're doing a caterer but are also doing a dessert table, so my godmother and aunt can still do their Mexican wedding cookies, empanadas and other stuff that they love to do for brides in the family. I also have crafty cousins who asked if they could make "YAY!" banners for wedding guests to hold. So those that want to help have a way of offering their services once they see what direction we were going in (offbeat beach wedding) 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.