So you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid or bridesman – congratulations! It’s a huge honour to be asked to stand by someone’s side for one of the the most important moments of their lives, but there’s some responsibility associated with the role too. You will wear so many hats on your bride’s wedding day that you’ll be surprised you hair is still perfect – you could be anything from photographer’s assistant to toilet assistant! But by accepting your bestie’s invitation to be her bridesmaid, you’re also signing up to be her go-to crew of helpers, so here’s how to rock the role (while looking cute af).
1. Help plan the hens night.
If you’re the maid/matron/man of honour, this is probably the hardest task you’ll face. If you’re a bridesmaid, offer to help the MOH. Find out what sort of party your girl would like (whether it’s a small and classy affair or a huge night out) and plan to suit her needs. You girls know her best, after all – she chose you to stand by her on the big day.
2. Pack an emergency kit.
Make sure you have bandaids (the fabric ones grip better than the plastic ones), pain killers, needle and thread, safety pins, scissors, drinking water, any medications your bride may require, lip balm, touch-up makeup, hairspray, bobby pins, nail glue, eyelash glue, and a crochet hook if her dress has a button back (and especially if you’re wearing acrylic nails). If you’re lucky, you won’t need any of it – but it’s better to have it handy and not need it than to need something and not have it. Make sure you have a towel handy to blot the stems of the flowers too – the last thing you want is water stains on dresses right before you leave for the ceremony.
3. Keep all the important items together.
4. Tidy up the getting-ready space as you go.
5. Learn how to pin a boutonniere (or buttonhole flower).
6. Learn which side things should go on.
7. Monitor the dress and veil.
8. Check in with your bride regularly to see if she needs anything.
9. Pay attention during bridal party portraits.
10. Plan your speech ahead of time.
A great bridesmaid can make a girl’s wedding experience amazing, and your care and thoughtfulness won’t go unnoticed. Your BFF will be so glad she asked you to stand by her on her Best Day Ever, and you’ll have given her an amazing gift by contributing to her happiness. The fact that you’re seeking out advice speaks volumes – you’re going to be the Best Bridesmaid Ever! Now go rock it!