The Duties of a Bridesmaid

In what ways can you help the bride?

Being a part of a close friend or family member’s wedding is a very special occasion to be excited about. If you have never taken part in a wedding before, this new prospect can be quite intimidating. If you are not sure what to do or what is expected of you, read on for the duties of a bridesmaid and how you can be helpful to the bride.bridesmaids, maid of honor, friends, wedding planning

One duty that is expected of a bridesmaid is to buy their own bridesmaid dress. Once the bride chooses the dress that they want their bridal party to wear, it is up to the bridesmaid to make sure they buy the dress and pay for alterations if they are needed. No matter if you like the dress or not, be sure to show excitement towards the bride. You do not want to seem ungrateful or bratty, so make sure you tell the bride how beautiful it is even if you absolutely hate it. You only have to wear it once anyway!
Another duty expected of a bridesmaid is to help the bride plan and pay for the bachelorette party and the bridal shower. The bride will already have enough on her plate, so help her out by offering to take over certain aspects of either occasion or offer to help pay for certain things. You can offer to put money towards decorations, food, drinks, etc. This is a huge help to the bride and can help her feel more at ease and less stressed. By helping her, it gives her more time and money to focus on other important things like the details of her wedding day or her honeymoon.
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The next duty expected of a bridesmaid is to attend all important events. Important events include the bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. It is expected because as a member of the bridal party, the bride wants to include you in her big day and events. Make sure to show the utmost support for the bride by making it a point to be there for all stages of her pre-wedding festivities. The bride will feel special and loved by having you there to support her.
Bridesmaids are also expected to pay for their own transportation and accommodations on the night of the wedding. If the wedding is far from home, you should plan ahead and book your hotel room and taxi if one is needed. The bride is already spending a lot of money on the wedding itself, so help the bride out by paying for your own room. The bride should be upfront with her bridal party and the expenses they are expected to pay. A cheaper option is to share a hotel room with another member of the bridal party to split the costs.

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One of the most important jobs of a bridesmaid is to actually show up at the reception and have a great time! Put on your dancing shoes and let loose. If the reception is not as vibrant as the bride wants, take the initiative and head out to the dance floor. Encourage other guests to dance and have fun. Do not be afraid to be silly and make others laugh, you should always be sure to include other members of the wedding party and check to see if the bride and groom are having a good time as well.
Last but certainly not least the most important duty that is expected of a bridesmaid is to be there for the bride. If the bride is having a rough time with wedding planning, be sure to help her by making suggestions. If she and the groom are having a hard time making decisions be sure to let her vent and just listen to her. Being a bridesmaid is more than wearing a specific dress and partying with the bride before her wedding. Being a bridesmaid means being a support system for the bride and helping her when she is feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
The duties of a bridesmaid are not to be overlooked. The bride needs you to show love and support by being there for her and helping out in any way you can. You can show your support by attending all festivities and making her time as a bride as least stressful as possible. Planning your own wedding? Book your wedding at The Louisiana Cajun Mansion Event Venue! Get all of the details by calling 337-223-4722 or visiting

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