If you've never been a bridesmaid, but recently accepted the request to be one, this survival guide is for you. If you have been a bridesmaid in the past, and are asked to be in another wedding, this is your refresher course.
What are the Duties of the Bridesmaids?
Rule number one: know your budget, and get familiar with the gals in the bridal party. Try to be helpful to the bride, and remember to keep it light.
The matron or maid of honor is the person in charge of the bridal shower and bachelorette party. The bridesmaids are the sounding board for ideas, and also give input towards the bridesmaid's attire, shoes, and other wedding accessories. Unless a benefactor is covering the costs for the bridesmaid's dresses and supplies, then the maids often assist with costs. They may also be called upon to help decorate.
About now you may be thinking, why would anyone want to be a bridesmaid? Fear not, for there is fun to be had assisting the bride who is perhaps your sister, cousin or friend.
Rule Number Two for the Bridesmaid Survival Guide
Know when to hold your tongue, and that patience is a virtue. The bride may have a melt down, or two for a good reason, or not. If you know the bride well, then you have a clue when it's a real crisis or just nerves. If you don't know her well enough, look to the maid of honor and let her lead the charge. Be supportive of the bride and maid of honor, be honest, kind, and above all, keep it real. The wedding day is all about the bride and her groom.
What is Rule Number Three?
When it is time to shop for the bridesmaid dress, wear your best undergarments. Seamless underwear or even body shapers help the bride see what you will look like on her special day. The day you go bridesmaid dress shopping, make sure to keep your outfit simple as there is nothing more frustrating than having to take off and on a complicated outfit. Slip on shoes will help you survive the outing and keep your cool physically and mentally. Being comfortable in what could be a stressful situation, could make all the difference in having a successful experience.
Rule Number Four — Have a Helpful Timeline
When helping the bride plan her wedding, make sure to keep the following timeline in mind:
Eight Months Out: Assist the bride in finding sources for gorgeous bride and bridesmaids dresses.
Six Months Out: Figure out the where and when for an awesome bachelorette party.
90 Days Out: Select party favors for the bachelorette party.
30 Days Out: Follow up with the bride for any last minute wedding day details left undone.
What is the Last Important Rule in the Survival Guide?
Sit down and write a list out of what could go wrong, and how you can fix it on that special wedding day. Should you be at a loss of what ifs, check out the ultimate survival kit.
After reading this guide, you should be able to survive anything the bride throws at you. At The Perfect Bride, we're here for all your dress needs. Give us a call today to set-up an appointment for any dress fittings you may need. Make sure to leave us a review after finding the perfect dress.