Get prepared girls!
Been given the role of bridesmaid for your girl’s big day? Congratulations! Now it’s time to brace yourself for these last-minute wedding day tasks.
It's such a great honour and there's so much joy in being a bridesmaid. But it may also be a lot of work, depending on the couple you're doing it for and the type of wedding they're having. But, the majority of the work is simply turning up and demonstrating interest!
Lots of bridesmaids quiz us on what they should be doing to support the couple while they prepare for the wedding, or ask about the duties they will have on the big day. Which is why we thought we'd compile this list of bridesmaid responsibilities. We're sure you won't be expected to complete every task on the list. But if you show willing, and take part, you'll be remembered as the finest bridesmaid ever!
1. Take Control of Breakfast
One of your first wedding jobs as a bridesmaid takes place before the celebration even begins! Because it’s your job to make sure the bride eats. A combination of nerves and excitement will most likely have dramatically reduced her appetite. Meaning, she may not want to eat. This is where you come in.
Stock up on a few of her favourite snacks to tempt her taste buds or make/request something extra special for the big day.
Make sure she’s hydrated too. If she doesn’t drink enough water, things will go one of two ways: she might end up with a dehydration headache or, alternatively, she might suddenly feel thirsty and over-compensate with the champagne… Neither is what you want as a bride.
2. Be the Flower Monitor
Make sure you check the flowers every so often. Do the bouquets look like they're beginning to wilt? What’s that abandoned buttonhole doing on the floor? Does the brides' floral crown need a little spritz of water?
We know you’re not a florist. But it doesn’t hurt to keep checking on the blooms to make sure they still look fabulous!
3. Be There in Case of Emergency
Laddered tights, dress stains, a no-show supplier… whatever the 'oh my god' moment is, one of your wedding jobs as a bridesmaid is to be ready to help. Don’t spend too much time worrying about these things unnecessarily in advance. But perhaps work with the bride to create a few Plan B’s, and create an emergency kit that'll cover you for any worst-case scenarios.
4. Keep an Eye on Certain Guests
For instance, maybe the bride asks you to make sure her grandmother is extra comfortable throughout the day. Or the groom might request that you to keep half-an-eye on his newly divorced cousin… Check through the guest list and have a look to see who you might need to be looking out for.
5. Be There for Touch Ups
Make sure you keep a few make-up essentials in a clutch bag.
We recommend you include:
— Blotting paper
— Small bottle of perfume
This means the bride can top up her beauty look ahead of the photos and the first dance.
6. Be Available For Bathroom Duty
You knew this would be one of your wedding jobs when you signed up to be a bridesmaid! If the bride is wearing a big, pouffy dress, chances are she might need a little help when it comes to using the bathroom.
Help both yourself and the bride by checking out Bridal Buddy! It will save you so much drama!
7. Prepare a Little Post-wedding Surprise
This is strictly optional, but it’s a lovely, thoughtful touch. We’re not talking anything huge. Perhaps a dinner with all the bridesmaids, or maybe a framed photo from the wedding day. The possibilities are endless!
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