Bridesmaid Duties

bridesmaid basics

Bridesmaid Duties

Bridesmaid Basics

First time as a bridesmaid? Know what the job entails. (Hint: It’s not just planning parties and holding bouquets.)

Six Dirty Details Bridesmaids Need to Know

Ok, you’ve got the basics. Here are the “extra” duties you may not expect (and they may not always be so fun…). From being the designated bride buddy on bachelorette night to helping the bride pee (eek!).

The Bridesmaid’s Pledge and the Bride’s Pledge

Avoid #bridesmaidproblems with these pledges. You promise to hold your tongue if you do not like the flowers, venue, and/or color scheme she picks for her wedding and she pledges to make no demands, as friends do not demand things of each other.

Bridal Shower 101

Who hosts the bridal shower and who is responsible for the cost? How much should you spend on a shower gift—and do you have to send one if you aren’t attending? Should we surprise the bride? Can the groom attend? You’ve got questions about etiquette, themes, games, food, hosting and attending a bridal shower—we’ve got answers.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning A Bachelorette Weekend

A detailed breakdown on how to put together a getaway weekend for all her best girls, including when to start planning, how to split up expenses and lots of tips to save you stress along the way.

Wedding Day Duties

Bridal shower and bachelorette down, but what exactly are you going to be doing the day of the wedding?

Everything a First-Time Bridesmaid Needs to Know

So it’s your first time as a bridesmaid? No sweat! Being a bridesmaid can be a lot of fun, a lot of work, a pain in the butt—or a little of all three. Here are the 5 things to keep in mind to set you up for bridesmaid success + resources to help you with all your duties.

Wedding Day Packing List

A complete list of everything you’ll need on the wedding day, including some tips for making everything run smoothly.

10 Tips for Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

From making an appointment (yep, you need one) to being prepared for only a few sizes to be in stock to knowing how far in advance you’ll need to order, we break down your bridesmaid dress adventure.

A Guide to Bridesmaid Dress Fabrics and Finishes

Chiffon, charmeuse and shantung have you in a swirl? Navigating bridesmaid dress fabrications can seem daunting, especially your first time. What exactly is peau de soie and for god’s sake what will it feel like? This guide breaks down all the most popular bridesmaid dress fabrics, including what they look and feel like and what types of occasions they are best for.

Bridesmaid Problems

Bridesmaid on a Budget

Being a bridesmaid costs money…and sometimes quite a lot of it! How to deal with the sticky subject of budget, keep costs down and still be there for your best friend. Plus, that thing you want to do but really really shouldn’t.

How Do I Tell My Friend She’s Not One of My Bridesmaids?

Maybe you have a big group of close girlfriends, maybe you want a small wedding party, maybe you feel obligated to ask a cousin over a high school friend. Whatever the case, sometimes you can’t ask all your closest friends to be in your wedding party. How do you break it to your friend that she isn’t going to be a bridesmaid (and not hurt your friendship)?

What to Do When the Other Bridesmaids Won’t Help

Planning a bachelorette weekend or trying to surprise the bride with a special gift can feel less than rewarding if you’re the only bridesmaid who seems interested in helping out. How to approach your fellow bridesmaids when you need help and aren’t getting it.

Can I Bring a Date (and Should I)?

As a member of the wedding party, can I bring a date? And more importantly, should I? I know I’ll be with the bride for long periods of time, so what can I do to make the wedding a good experience for my date too?

Help! I’m a Maid of Honor Who Hates Public Speaking!

Your best friend is getting married. You’re her maid of honor. It’s all great. You’re ecstatic. Except for one little problem: You HATE public speaking. Well girl, it’s time to face your fear. Giving a toast at the reception is part of your responsibility as a maid of honor. And you CAN do it.