The bridesmaid’s role at a wedding might not be as clearly defined as the best man’s, but it’s just as vital. And from emotional support to practical assistance, your duties start long before the big day.
1) Check the Venue
You might be asked to help set up or make sure the placing is correct on the morning itself. Don’t worry about losing out on “getting ready time” — remember the bride is the only one who needs to look perfect, your help and support is much more valuable.
2) Getting Ready
Get dressed as quickly, quietly and efficiently as you can (the bride won’t thank you for hogging the GHDs or having a tantrum over a bad hair day) and take charge of any younger bridesmaids to ensure everyone’s dressed with hair and make-up done.
3) Act as Photographer’s Assistant
Before the ceremony, liaise with the photographer as well as rounding groups of guests up later on.
4) Attend the Bride
As well as walking down the aisle, hold the bouquet as she says her vows and arrange her train. Later, check she and the groom have champagne and canapés.
5) Public Speaking
More and more bridesmaids are making a speech, They’re also often asked to give a reading and the chief bridesmaid may be a witness. So be prepared to show the best man how it’s done.
6) Be Ready for Emergencies
Have a kit prepared, including lipstick, sewing essentials, tissues, baby wipes and blister plasters.
7) Get the Party Started
Make sure guests go in to the wedding breakfast when they should, and be one of the first onto the dance floor later.
8) Don’t Forget the Details
Check everyone has confetti, remind the bride to throw her bouquet (and make sure there are people to catch it!) — you can even help to distribute the cake.
9) Go the Extra Mile
One idea is to take the brides mobile phone on the morning of the wedding and not let her have to deal with any phone calls. Let her enjoy her morning and get ready without the hassle of having to answer calls.