Your best friend is engaged, and he just made the best bridesmaid proposal for you! You've accepted, and now you're looking forward to the big day where you will get to support your friend, but this is your first time being a bridesmaid. Do you really know what you're doing? No worries! We've got some beginner tips that will help you navigate all the events leading up to the big day.
1. Get along with the other bridesmaids.
Whether you like it or not, you will need to get along with everyone who is a part of the bridal party. The bride is going to ask many different people to be a bridesmaid. It could be anyone from her fiance's sister to a childhood friend. And, on the off chance that she has someone who you have a bad history with, you will just need to try your best to get along with that person. It won't be easy, but trust us, it will ease the birde's mind knowing that her bridesmaids get along, and it's one less thing to stress about.
2. Know your budgt.
You will be expected to pay for different things leading up to the wedding. Unless the bride tells you not to pay for something, expect to pay for your dress, shoes, jewelry, hair, and makeup for the wedding. Keep in mind that events leading up to the wedding like the bachelorette party, bridal shower, and any other events will also cost money. If you plan on buying her a wedding gift, then you will need to plan for that as well. This is why you need to know what your budget is so that your wallet won't hate you when the wedding is over.
3. Find out what is expected of you before and during the wedding.
You may not know this, but there are more to being a bridesmaid than just walking down the aisle in a pretty dress and showing up for the bachelorette party. Some brides will need help with different aspects of the wedding. For example, she may have one bridesmaid in charge of making to-go plates for her and the groom, a bridesmaid in charge of making sure their suitcases are in the getaway car, etc. When you kno whwat your duty is, it will help the bride enjoy her day.
4. Know what the MOH is the leader of the bridesmaids.
The bride chose this person for a reason. There may be a chance that you were hoping you would be asked to be the Maid of Honor, but the bride chose someone else. Just remember tip #1. Also, the Maid of Honor usually has many more responsibilities than the other bridesmaids. Be thankful that you don't have to worry as much as they will.
5. Accept what you will have to wear.
This is extremely important. There are going to be times taht you're the bridesmaid and you absolutely hate what you will have to wear. However, this day is not your day. Just go with the flow when it comes to your dress. As long as it fits you, that's all you need to stress about for the wedding.
6. Provide the bride with support.
The bride will be going through a lot leading up to the wedding. She will need the support of her bridesmaids to help keep her sane. The best thing a bridesmaid can provide to the bride is support during this time.
7. Keep it classy for the bachelorette party.
There is nothing worse than a sloppy bridesmaid. When it comes to the bachelorette party, it's all about the bride. So if the bride gets sloppy, then take care of her. There should never come a time when the bride is worried about you during the bachelorette party.
8. Have fun!
At the end of the day, this is a time for celebration. It is a time to celebrate your friend and her future spouse! If you can make the best of every situation and live in the moment, this will be a memorable time for you and your friends.
Being a bridesmaid is like a part-time job. You won't have to be there all the time, but it does take some work. With these tips, you will be able to bob and weave out of sticky situations, have a great time, and make many memories!