Being a bridesmaid in a wedding is quite an honor. If you have been asked to be a bridesmaid, there are things you can do to ensure the bride and grooms special day goes smoothly. This role is an important one that comes with just a few responsibilities. However, if you want to excel in this role, you can always offer to do more than expected, to make the brides day a memorable one.
For starters, you should arrive to the wedding on time. The last thing you want to do is cause the bride unnecessary stress, worrying bout where her bridesmaid is. Instead, show up early with a big smile, warm hug, and an attitude of doing whatever you can to make things run like clockwork.
When you arrive, make sure you have everything with you and come organized. In addition to the things that you know you will need for yourself, you can go one-step further by also coming prepared with things that others, especially the bride might need. For example, bring makeup, safety pins, bobby pins, hairspray, and so on. Additional items often overlooked include phone numbers to various vendors, addresses to the reception, and directions for those that do not know how to get there. All of these things take pressure off the bride so she can focus on getting married.
Other responsibilities that may or may not be expected but certainly appreciated would be helping the bride get dressed. This would mean working with the Maid of Honor to ensure everything is snapped, zipped, buttoned, and put together perfectly. You might also help the bride with her makeup and hair, again relieving her level of stress so her special day is worry-free.
Since you will be having your photograph taken time after time, be sure to keep a big smile on your face. In addition to making great photos, it will also create a fun and relaxed atmosphere for everyone around you. The same would be true when walking down the aisle before the start of the wedding, during the wedding ceremony, and then again when leaving once the ceremony is complete.
Then, once the wedding is over, you can offer to pitch in at the reception, visiting with guests, making sure things are in order, directing people to the various tables of food or the restroom, and any other task. Even things like helping elderly people into the building, unloading gifts and setting them on the gift table, or providing directions to people needing to get back to the freeway.
The key to being a good bridesmaid is never to complain. By having an optimistic attitude and big smile, you create a warm welcome to all guests. This means the bride and the groom can enjoy the wedding more and they will have you to thank. While the bride is getting married and even after the ceremony, you might want to ask the bride occasionally if there is anything you can do to help and if she says yes, do it graciously. Finally, even though there will be a professional photographer on the scene, be sure you take your own camera or disposable cameras so that candid shots can be taken and treasured for life. As the bridesmaid, you have an incredible opportunity to make your friends wedding the most amazing day possible.