Taking on the role of a bridesmaid can call for being a life coach, design consultant, and foodie among other duties. When you accept this honor, your goal is to help the couple have an outstanding experience and wedding day.
Remember it’s an honor: Only a select few are chosen to be part of the bridal party! Cherish this role and everything that goes along with it from the fun to the fuss. Staying positive throughout the process and helping defuse any emergency or drama-filled situations is an important part of being a bridesmaid or maid of honor.
You’re there for support: Don’t try to make any decisions for the bride or insert your opinion without her requesting it. You are there to help her along the way and be her support structure, even if you don’t agree with all of her decisions. Sometimes, she may just need to vent!
Clear expectations: Make sure you truly understand her needs and communicate with your bride as clearly as possible. She may want you to have a larger role in planning than you were expecting or she may just want you to help out with a couple of key events. Texting out plans may help you both see it in black and white and help you be on the same page.
Work together: You may find yourself having to plan with other bridesmaids that you don’t know. Do your best to keep the drama down and squabbles out of the picture. Defer to the maid of honor as the lead on most things in lieu of the bride herself. Don’t complain about other members of the bridal party or pass along gossip to the bride as you will only negatively affect your bride’s big day.
Keep the focus where it should be: This is the bride and groom’s day and one of the most important times of their lives. Be as cooperative as possible and stay focused on the couple, not on yourself.
While every bride and groom are different, there are main functions that every member of a bridal party will be expected to embrace.
Expected bridesmaid duties include: