Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honour – but it also comes with huge responsibilities.
So if you’re going to play such a big role in your friend’s big day, it pays to be prepared.
With that in mind, we've come up with our definitive list of bridesmaid duties to help you out. You're so welcome.
1. Providing moral support.
Sure, there's plenty of practical duties in store for you (we'll get to those later). But providing moral support to the bride is probably the single most important thing you can do. This includes calming her down in any Bridezilla moments and letting her know it'll all work out, and that you've got her back.
This also involves generally being a pleasant human, getting along well with the other bridesmaids and the bridal party, listening patiently to the bride's problems and opinions pre-wedding, and remembering it's HER day (even if you loathe your dress/shoes/hair/groomsman).
2. Planning the Hen's night.
Gone are the days when this simply meant scanning the Yellow Pages for 'male strippers'.
These days, it's all about tailoring the day to suit your hen's interests (Cocktail making? Laser tag? Life drawing?)
It also includes contacting all the invitees, collecting money, making bookings, organising transport and planning fun bridesmaid games during the day.
It's a lot of work - but a lot of fun.
3. The Dress.
The bride may ask you to come wedding dress shopping with her - so you'll be expected to go along and offer your honest opinions.
You'll also have to go shopping for bridesmaid dresses (and shoes, jewellery and accessories) as well. And you'll have to pay for the lot. Sorry.
In the lead up to the big day, you'll need to be available for general planning help - this could involve attending wedding expos, browsing bridal magazines with her, organising bridesmaid catch-ups and helping with cake testing, invite designs and other wedding paraphernalia.
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5. Get crafty.
The bride and groom may need help with practical, DIY wedding things such as creating floral bouquets, painting pot plants, assembling the bomboniere etc. Yep - this also falls to you.
6. On the day.
You'll have to help the bride get ready - including helping her get into the dress. Throughout the day, you may have to lift up that same dress while your bride pees.
You might be responsible for bringing along (healthy, non-bloating) snacks, carrying make-up and tissues for touch-ups, solving any wedding day dramas and - most importantly of all - telling the bride how beautiful she looks (without making everyone cry and ruining the (very exxy) make-up).
7. Keeping records.
If needed, you might have to keep a record of every gift received from the engagement to the wedding, so the happy couple can send thank you notes.
8. Enjoy yourself.
Sure, it's a lot of work. But it's also a day you'll probably remember forever. Dance when the dance floor gets started, don't over-indulge in the booze and keep your toast (if you're giving one) funny, meaningful and polite.
In other words - enjoy every second.
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