How to Be a Great Bridesmaid
Being asked to be a member of the wedding party is a gesture of real trust and friendship. If you’re invited to participate in someone’s wedding in such a significant way, you’ll want to do every thing can to live up to the trust they’ve placed in you. This is perhaps especially true of bridesmaids. Bridesmaids are typically close friends of the bride, people who she often relies on for support. So, if you’re asked to be a bridesmaid, what should you expect?
There’s a lot more to being a bridesmaid than simply walking down the aisle when the big day arrives. If you agree to become a bridesmaid, you should be prepared to be very involved in the bride’s preparations in the months before the wedding. This will mean providing much-needed moral support, as well as helping out with the practical side of the preparations. You might be wondering, how can you do a good job? In this week’s blog post, we’d like to offer some tips and suggestions that will help you to be the best bridesmaid you can be. We hope you’ll find them helpful!
This is without question the most essential part of being a good bridesmaid. The months leading up to the wedding can sometimes be a stressful time for the bride, to say nothing of the day itself. It’s your responsibility to do everything you can to help the bride stay positive and calm. This should include taking on any extra duties the bride asks of you. If the bride is reluctant to ask you for help, you should offer. Remember, you’re not alone in this, so work with your fellow bridesmaids. The more teamwork and positivity on the part of the bridesmaids, the more confident and happy the bride will be.
Be Considerate and Careful
During the wedding planning process, the bride will be faced with a huge number of decisions on an almost daily basis. Naturally, she’ll look to her closest confidantes, her bridesmaids, for advice and guidance. While it’s your duty to provide input that the bride will find helpful, you need to exercise consideration while doing so. If you’re harbouring any doubt or disagreement about any of the bride’s decisions, think carefully about whether you should express them, and when. Remember if voicing any concerns you should be as sensitive as possible, and reinforce the bride’s confidence by always reinforcing the positives instead of the negatives. While your input is certainly important to the bride, her feelings should always come first.
Cooperation is Key
Being asked to act as a bridesmaid is a great honour, and it comes with its share of duties. When you accept this honour, you’re also accepting the work that comes with it. If the bride asks for your help with something, it should be given unhesitatingly. As we’ve already mentioned, you should also do your utmost best to cooperate with the other bridesmaids. Any conflict within the bridal party should be avoided at all costs, as this can cause unnecessary and unwanted stress for the bride. Your friend has asked you to be her bridesmaid, and accepting means putting everything else aside, and putting the bride first.
Take Responsibility for Your Own Arrangements
There’s no avoiding the fact that being a bridesmaid is time-consuming and often quite expensive. Finding your dress, for example, will take a lot of time and effort. The bridesmaids should take on as much of this work as possible, so that the bride can focus on other aspects of the wedding. The more responsibility the bridesmaids take, the better the bride’s experience will be.
Have a Great Time
Last, but by no means least, you and the other bridesmaids should do everything you can to have fun when the big day arrives. Remember, this is a joyous occasion, and you want to make sure that your friend can look back on her wedding day with very fond memories. Being chosen as a bridesmaid means your friendship is valued, so take advantage of your close bond with the bride to keep her smiling and laughing throughout the day. Weddings are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, and the more fun the bride has the more confident, relaxed, and happy she’ll be.