5 Bridesmaids Responsibilities for the Wedding Day
The big day is approaching, and it’s time to familiarize yourself with the nitty-gritty details of what you need to know for this special occasion. You’ve nailed helping select decorations, pick the wedding dress, and of course, plan a never to be forgotten bachelorette party. Kudos to you! Now, you’re here to continue this positive trend in helping to pull off the most beautiful wedding for an exceptional couple. Let’s jump right into the five responsibilities a bridesmaid has on the wedding day.
- Arrive Early
Arriving on time for any regular event is respectable, but for a wedding, it’s much better etiquette to arrive early; you never know what’s going to be happening when you arrive or what can go wrong while you’re there. As a bridesmaid, you have to exhibit exceptional punctuality, and you’re responsible for making sure you’re where you need to be when you need to be there. Besides, being a little ahead of schedule is always best to create the space for running last-minute errands or handling any obstacles being launched in your direction.
- Have the Emergency Wedding Day Kit Ready
Speaking of obstacles, you’ll want to have an emergency kit ready to go. After all, a wedding is not a wedding if something doesn’t go wrong. Bridesmaids are responsible for keeping energies high, emotions calm, and outfits looking spiffy, all of which are possible with the emergency kit. Prepare a wedding day emergency kit a few days in advance and consider having backups for all items; you can rest assured knowing you’ll be able to combat any mishaps that arise with your emergency kit.
- Keep Your Priorities Straight
Unlike at other weddings where you are not a member of the wedding party, as a bridesmaid, there are certain things you should avoid. Since you will be needed throughout the night, it’s important to not overindulge in the open bar for instance; you’ll want to stay as sober as possible to be a helping hand to the maid of honor, bride, and possibly even the coordinator. Bridesmaids won’t want to be inebriated, especially when giving your speech towards the end of the event in front of everyone.
- Be Available to the Bride
The wedding day is when the bride will rely on her bridesmaids tremendously. She may need you mentally to keep her nerves at bay, in addition to keeping spirits high throughout the event. The bride may also physically call on you to constantly be running around, making sure everyone and everything is precisely where it’s supposed to be when it needs to be. You may also need to be available for the maid of honor, but either way, you need to be prepared to give your all during this day.
- Be Helpful with Guests and Keeping Things on Schedule
For those attending the wedding (remember that guests aren’t involved in the planning), the day’s events can get very confusing, and every meticulously planned detail can easily be overlooked. As a bridesmaid, it’s part of your responsibility to keep the scheduling running as designed. A great way to do this is by familiarizing guests with the itinerary, helping direct them to their appropriate seats or table, and setting them up with everything they need to enjoy themselves and help the wedding succeed. (Such as showing guests where to retrieve their baggy of rice for tossing on the newlyweds or where they can just grab a drink.) Be available and keep in contact with the wedding coordinator to help the schedule run smoothly and be the ultimate bridesmaid by ensuring the rest of the bridesmaids are always aware of what’s to come on the itinerary.
If you’ve made it this far through the wedding planning process, chances are you have a pretty good idea of what it takes to help pull off a great wedding. In case you’re still stuck and want to gain a bit more confidence in a few wedding elements, be sure to visit The Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid.
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