Being asked to be a bridesmaid in a wedding is an honor. Not everyone would have that opportunity. Being a bridesmaid is a chance for you to be part of the most precious day of a couple’s life. Of course, when you’re requested to be one, this pride comes with the opportunity of wearing a bridesmaid dress.
But do you really know what you’re supposed to do in exchange for being in a stunning bridesmaid dress? Did the bride express what kind of help she needs from you being one of her bridesmaids? Or are you just expected to walk down the aisle along with the other members of the wedding entourage and sit and stand as the celebrant says so?
The fact is, being a bridesmaid carries a number of responsibilities. While these may not be explicitly expressed (because more often than not a couple only hopes to have a complete roster in the entourage), you are actually saying yes to a number of responsibilities the moment you accepted the invitation and the moment you agreed to be in a theme-styled bridesmaid dress.
Here are a few things that any bridesmaid is expected to do:
Idea Generator and Provider
Yes, while making the plans, you must be able to help the bride think of ideas about wedding dresses, wedding favours and wedding invitations, among others. These things are too girly for the groom to get involved with. This is where the bride could well benefit from your presence. If she requests you to go hop from one place to another for venue scouting, go ahead. Who knows, she might even take your suggestion of a bridesmaid dress design.
Since it is already stressful for the bride to be in the wedding, she may have moments where no ideas will come out from her head. You could then provide her with your suggestions. After all, you are coming from an “outside perspective” and an outsider’s point of view is always helpful.
When the situation calls for it, you must accompany the bride for fittings and even in registering for wedding gifts. You can even go the extra mile and be in-charge of gathering all the other members of the entourage for fitting and measurement adjustments. After all, you don’t want anyone, especially not you, to be wearing a bridesmaid dress that looks like a hand-me-down.
Of course a bride would hire her own make-up artists but it wouldn’t hurt if you can assist in her dress and makeup. In her effort to look stunning, the bride would always look for confirmation that her makeup looks good on her. Be that source of confirmation.
Especially during the reception, usher the couple’s guests in. Lead them to their seats. You are wearing a fabulous bridesmaid dress so put that into good use and be seen.
Sometimes, visitors would request for pictures with the couple, so offer your hand and be the “photographer.”
Being a bridesmaid is more than just wearing a bridesmaid dress. You have some duties to attend to as you are actually a major player in ensuring the success of the wedding ceremony. So do your job cheerfully and “beautifully” — in that stunning bridesmaid dress.