Wow! You are fortunate that someone amongst your family or friends have asked you to be next to her during one of the most important events of her life, her wedding. Whoever that person may be, she has shown a lot of faith in you by asking you to be her bridesmaid, and you should take pride in the fact that you are trusted and beloved. However, this could stress you out if you have never done it before. Being a bridesmaid comes with a load of duties and responsibilities, so you must familiarise yourself with all of them, to be fully prepared for what is to come.
Do not fret if you have never been a bridesmaid before, this beginner’s guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to be an awesome bridesmaid.
Help the bride with the preparations for the wedding
This one responsibility covers a lot of things that you are required to do as a bridesmaid, as wedding preparations are of a serious nature. It is almost like a part-time job to prepare for a wedding. As a bridesmaid, you must offer to accompany the bride as she tries to find the proper venue or location for her wedding. You must also help the bride to find the venue for the reception, finalise the catering and mail out invitations. You should also assist the bride in setting up the date and theme for her wedding if she requests.
Help her pick the wedding dress
It is quite a struggle for the bride to find the perfect wedding dress that will make her look like a princess but is not so unreasonably priced as to shake the entire budget. This may require some serious shop-to-shop footwork. She might need your help with some other pre-wedding chores, like- shopping trials and fittings, selection of photographer, booking a salon appointment for make-up and hairstyling, etc. You should stick to her side during all of this to help her straighten out the finer details of her big day. Your role is to help take some stress away and make it look like you have this all under control.
Throw her an amazing Bridal Shower
It is your responsibility to plan an exceptional Hen party for the bride. You must be prepared to shell out some cash, as you are expected to chip in and shoulder the cost of the arrangements. It will be wise to plan it together with other bridesmaids, so that you may share the financial burden a bit.
Buy her a gift for the bridal shower, engagement or wedding
It is customary to give a present to the bride at either the engagement or at the bridal shower. However, if your budget allows it, you must gift her something on the wedding day too. It could be quite tricky to decide what would be an appropriate gift for the occasion. As you need time to figure it out, which you are probably not going to have during all the preparations, it is wise to prepare a present way before the wedding. In this way, you won't be stressing about buying a gift at the last moment.
Be prepared to dance the night away
Very often people at weddings are apprehensive to dance. They require some encouragement and someone should be trying to break the ice. As the bridesmaid, it is your job to get on the dance floor first and make other people comfortable to join in.
You should try to not feel shy and instead help other people to get over their hesitancy.
All these tasks aside, there is another responsibility, the importance of which cannot be understated. That is, to take care of the mental and emotional well-being of the bride. She is bound to experience a roller-coaster of emotions during all the wedding preparations. Therefore, it is your job to look after her and ask her if she is coping alright with all the wedding day jitters. Just stay by her side and make sure that she is happy and content in every moment of her memorable day. The bride will in turn be forever thankful for all your efforts and keeping calm for her special day. Something to be proud of and never forgotten.
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