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Weddings are fun but hectic for the couple. For the same reason, a little help from close friends can be a Godsend during such times. In weddings all over the world, traditions like having groomsmen and bridesmaids can be of great help to the couple who wish for the perfect occasion. While groomsmen and the best man have their share of duties towards the groom, this blog is dedicated to the duties of bridesmaids. The maid of honor and her other counterparts are usually just expected to give the bride good company and have a fun time together at the wedding. However, as friends of the bride, the sentiment of wanting to make her journey to the aisle a breeze is understandable. There certainly is a lot that goes into a wedding, making it an all-hands-on-deck event.
If you’ve been asked to be the bridesmaid of a dear friend or colleague, we’ll help you out with the things you can do to make their occasion a success. Here are situations where your bridesmaid duties and support are needed more than ever!
Bridesmaid duties during wedding preparations
There are several things that need to get done when the wedding preparations are kickstarted. To be the coolest bridesmaid in town, you’ll have your fair share of work cut out for yourself. In the months before the wedding day, the bride will need all of your support and help to make this event a day worth remembering. Here are things you could do to help the bride within the time during the wedding preparation phase:
- Planning the hen party and arranging all the decorations for the bride’s bachelorette event.
- Accompanying the bride and groom to event grounds to choose the venue, or volunteering to scope out options for them.
- Shortlisting caterers and arranging taste tests for the bride and groom.
- Getting in touch with decorators to beautify the venue as per the theme and concept.
- Planning get-togethers with the friends of the bride- keep the food and drinks flowing!
- Accompany the bride to dress shopping and help her make the best choice.
- Choose formal bridesmaid dresses for all the ladies involved.
- Contact the florist for the bouquet and floral arrangements.
- Lend a listening ear and supportive shoulder to the bride and any problems she may be facing. Weddings can be stressful and a bridesmaid’s empathy can mean a lot!
Duties during the week preceding the wedding
The week before the main event can be chaotic at its best. No matter how well-prepared you are, there will always be stuff to do and checklists to complete. Reserve this week to go over rehearsals, last-moment fittings for the bride outfit, picking up the formal bridesmaid dresses, and hosting the bachelorette party. If you’re the maid of honor, a speech may be in order, too! This is the week where you’ll be needed the most, especially if the bride has family flying down a few days in advance to attend the wedding. Helping them settle in and taking note of their stay and commute will help make sure everyone reaches these get-togethers and dress rehearsals on time.
The morning of the wedding ceremony: Bridesmaids’ To-do
The morning of the wedding is when the bridesmaids need to show up in full support of the bride. Whether it means calming their pre-wedding jitters or helping her fit into the dress, helping the bride feel stress-free and calm throughout the glam-up process. When the time comes for her to walk down the aisle, hand over the bouquet to the bride with gentle words of encouragement.
What do bridesmaids help with on the wedding day?
The heavy lifting is all done, and all there’s left to do now is enjoy the beautiful event. While the ceremony commences, you can help the bride with little things like holding her bouquet, and carrying essential toiletries for emergency touch-ups. Once the reception begins, if the bride has an outfit change involved, you can help her slip into it quickly to keep the event moving on schedule. The rest of the day is pretty much having the best time, enjoying the success of an event well-planned.
Now that you understand the myriad of responsibilities that bridesmaids can perform to help the bride-to-be, working through them can become easier. Make sure to carry a notepad and make checklists to ensure that no element may be left unattended. Most of all, the journey is supposed to be about having lots of fun while making unforgettable memories along the way. This can be a great time for you to work in teams and make new connections with fellow bridesmaids! We hope this blog could help you understand how to be the best bridesmaid to your bride; good luck on your collective adventure!