Wedding Book got in contact with award winning blogger Caitriona Foley to get her advice on Brides Maid duties during the big day.
First up, what are your duties? What’s expected of you by the bride? The most important thing you will provide is emotional support. It will be an incredibly stressful time for her in the run up to the wedding, and she’s going to need her friends to keep her calm. You’ll more than likely be involved in picking out a lot of the wedding elements, including choosing the bride’s dress, the venue, flowers and more. Of course, you’ll also be responsible for organising a bridal shower and hen/bachelorette party. This is an important one – you need to bear in mind what is affordable for the guests as well as what the bride will really like or enjoy. Don’t be afraid to ask the bride what she wants for these occasions.
So apart from the obvious, you may find yourself dealing with a bridezilla, or even a groomzilla. Bossy relatives, handsy groomsmen and too much booze could all lead to big day disasters. Here are some tips to help you survive your job as bridesmaid:
Don’t get drunk. There will be a lot of eyes on you throughout the day, so behave well, keep calm and don’t end up with red wine down the front of your dress.
Speak kindly about the bride – this applies from the day you are asked to be a bridesmaid right through to the big day and beyond. She might be pissing you off, but you never know who might be listening when you start mouthing off about her behind her back.
If you would rather be a guest and not a bridesmaid, then say so. The bride really needs people beside her that can help her organise the wedding, keep her nerves at bay and help her hold her dress up when she needs to pee. So if you’re not willing or able to, then don’t be afraid to say no.
If you’re bringing a date that doesn’t know many people at the wedding, try to introduce them to a few other guests before you get called away to your maid duties. He or she will probably be left alone for much of the day, and could be left feeling very awkward or out of place.
Pack your emergency kit – band-aids, breath mints, lipgloss/lipstick, deodorant, flat shoes, hair pins and tissues.
Take your time at dinner – you’re in a tight dress!
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