Ensure your girls know exactly what their responsibilities are with our guide to being a great bridesmaid…
It’s all about the bride
Your wedding is the happiest day of your life, and if anyone’s entitled to have a diva moment or two, it’s you! Your bridesmaids need to bite the bullet and be there to support you with whatever you want them to do, from wearing the dress and hairstyle you choose through to being available for rehearsals. Choose your girls very carefully, because the last thing you’ll want is to have your bridesmaids causing you more stress than comfort in the build up to the big day. It’s usually safer to go for family or long-term friends rather than your ‘friend of the moment’.
Put their skills to use
Do your bridesmaids have skills you can use on the day? Is one of them a natural performer and could sing during the ceremony? Can one bake your wedding cake? Is anyone crafty and can help make your stationery? The more they can input to your day the less stress for you and you’ll save money, too!
Your bridesmaids will know you better than most people, so trust them to choose the best hen party for you. This is the one time you don’t have complete control in the build up to the wedding. It’s fine to state things you really don’t want, but trust your girls to make the right choices for you. It will be lovely to have a surprise and you can see how much effort the girls have put into making sure you have a great time.
Your bridesmaids will play a crucial part on the wedding day. They’ll be the ones getting ready with you in the morning, they’ll be assisting you down the aisle, maybe even doing a reading during the ceremony. They need to help the groomsmen direct guests, make sure they’re available at any point for photos and ensure you stay looking your bridal best throughout the day by fixing your train, hair and make-up for you.
Making sure there are no hitches!
One of the biggest things the bridesmaids need to do is ensure that your day goes by without any problems, or if there are issues, that you don’t know about them! From the florist running late to a disgruntled family member, the bridesmaids must shield and protect you from anything that could put your happiness in jeopardy.
All in all, you should never feel bad about asking a lot of your girls, that’s what they’re there for. And remember, inevitably they’ll ask you to return the favour one day!