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What is a bridesmaid?


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November 07, 2011 2:07PM

More than that, a bridesmaid and/or maid-of-honor serves a practical purpose. During the hectic time of planning a wedding, she is a confidant, advice.

A bridesmaid's duties might include:

  • helping the bride shop for her dress and bridesmaids' dresses
  • when asked, giving advice on decorations, favors, music, and more
  • helping the maid of honor to plan a bridal shower, and, if appropriate, chipping in for the costs of food, decorations, or venue
  • helping to plan a bachelorette party (this the bridesmaids may pay for or split the cost with the other attendees)
  • helping the bride dress (and stay calm) before the ceremony
  • providing moral support at all times
  • telling others where the couple is registered and other details, such as when they will return from their honeymoon, where to send gifts, and any name changes.
  • being useful at the wedding reception. The couple may ask you to help direct guests to the guestbook, assist with a special moment, make sure that vendors have arrived, or do crisis management. You might also want to stick around after the reception and make sure things are cleaned up and wedding presents secured.
  • being social. Be sure to talk to as many guests as you can, making them feel warmly welcomed. If there's a dance floor, help get the party going!
  • consider throwing (or helping to pitch in for) a day-after brunch. These events are great to help the couple catch up with out-of-town guests, and have a more relaxed environment to socialize in.