You’ve just been asked to be a bridesmaid, and you’re super excited. Even though being a bridesmaid is a huge honor, here are some rules to help you navigate this special role.
Help with Wedding Planning
Although you may assume that the bride has everything under control for her big day, there is no harm in asking her if she needs help. After you’ve been invited to be a bridesmaid, make sure you ask her what she needs. This will help you to both be clear on your expectations from each other as well as the time commitments involved.
Be Emotionally Supportive
Planning a wedding can be an extremely stressful task for any bride. Provide emotional support, whether the bride needs to vent or vocalize her opinion. Always give thoughtful feedback when she asks for your input. Be her rock by staying composed, patient and positive- even when things get dicey!
Accept the Bridesmaid Dress
If you’re lucky, the bride will ask for your opinion on choosing a bridesmaid dress. Comment on things like color, pattern, fabric, or price. Don’t say if you love or hate a dress. Just provide constructive feedback, but still accept her decision happily. Always remember that ultimately it is her day.
Keep it Together at the Bachelorette Party
The bachelorette party is the one night you get to spend letting loose and having fun with the girls. Dance, drink, laugh and celebrate with the bride. Just know your limits, so that everyone can continue to have a fun time. Also, make sure to take your cues from the bride. Whether she wants to dance all night or have a low-key dinner, don’t fight what she wants.
Handle the Grunt Work
Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it’s also a lot of work. Try to look for practical ways to help the bride. For example, take a lot of photos during the wedding planning journey or make sure everyone is comfortable during the rehearsal dinner. The grunt work isn’t fun, but it will be appreciated.
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