The wedding day is not about you
Being someone’s bridesmaid can often be a bit more overwhelming than exciting. You want to do everything in your power to make the day as carefree as possible for the bride - and weddings by nature are stressful! But no matter how daunting it can be, when you accept the job of being a bridesmaid, you are there to support her from the moment she asks until the very last dance at the reception (and sometimes beyond that)!
Here are some tips to help you be the bridesmaid that every bride needs.
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Help the bride shop for a wedding dress
The hunt for the “perfect” dress is one of the most, if not the most, exhausting and stressful part of the wedding preparation. Even if the bride thinks she knows exactly what she wants prior to shopping, dresses can often look different in person and upon being surrounded by so many beautiful gowns, the bride may change her mind several times.
For many brides, finding their perfect wedding dress is fulfilling a childhood dream, and as a bridesmaid, the best thing you can do is support her. Be her hype-man! You can give your opinion when asked, but remember that trying on dresses can be overwhelming for a lot of brides, and you want to be a positive influence during the experience. Your presence should be a positive one - and remember, the bride’s style may not be your own style, so keep that in mind as you help her find the dress of her dreams.
You are the bride’s snack bar
The wedding day jitters and busy schedule can make it very difficult for many brides to eat on her wedding day. That’s where you come in! The last thing you want is a bride who is struggling to not faint. Keep a stash of the bride’s favorite snacks in your purse and even if she says no, make sure she eats something before walking down the aisle. Grab a bottle of water for her as well. While you don’t want to be too pushy, this is so, so important - and she will thank you later!
Your bag is also the bride's bag
Bring a first aid kit, bring bobby pins, bring breath mints, safety pins, tape, anything that you think might be needed in the bridal suite! Things can happen and the last thing anyone wants is a bridal meltdown. Hopefully, none of these things are needed, but it never hurts to have them just in case.
Always ask the bride what else she needs
Throughout the day and into the reception, pay close attention to the bride. Even as the party starts, continue to check in from time to time and ask if there’s anything that you can do to help her or if there is anything that she needs. If she has a large gown, she may need your help using the restroom, or she may have misplaced her bouquet - that’s where you come in!
Participate and have fun
While you can and should continue to keep an eye on the bride, you should enjoy the wedding as well! As a member of the bridal party, the bride and groom are relying on you to help get the party started. So, when it’s time to dance, you should be one of the first ones on the dance floor. When toasts begin, click your glass! When it’s time for the bride to toss the bouquet, make sure you are ready to catch it! Being happy and enjoying yourself can actually elevate the level of fun that the newlyweds are having during the party as well. The bride will be forever grateful to you for helping to make her day so special.
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