Bridesmaids have a wide range of official roles and duties to give support to the bride on the big day. Whether it is providing invaluable moral support, throwing a top hen party or helping her into her wedding dress, there are many things to keep the bridesmaids busy. Here are a few of the main roles and duties:
Plan the hen party
The bridesmaids are able to give a certain degree of input when it comes to planning events leading up to the wedding, such as the bridal shower and hen party. Even though the maid of honor is in charge, you may be asked to present ideas or suggestions to help organize the fun and entertaining events.
With the average cost of the weddings in the region of $35,000, you can’t always expect the bride-to-be to cover all expenses related to the big day. This may include the dress for the bridesmaids. In situations like this it will be necessary to fund your own gown. In addition to the actual dress, also make sure to scout for wedding accessories like jewelry and shoes. Try to break in any new shoes before the big day to avoid aching feet or blisters. Splitting the bill may also apply to other areas, such as hen parties that are taking place a long distance from home or even abroad.
Attend pre-wedding events
A typical responsibility of the bridesmaids is to make sure they are available to attend any pre-wedding events, such as rehearsals, hen party, bridal shower, etc. Other occasions to be helpful include shopping for the wedding dress or other supplies, as well as to attend any crisis planning meetings.
Bridesmaids are expected to take on a supportive role at the wedding ceremony. Most brides will have the inevitable pre-wedding nerves, and you can help by being a calming influence. At the ceremony, the bridesmaids help the bride out of the car and make sure the dress still looks on-point.
The supportive role can continue at the reception where you help guests find their seats, invite everyone to sign the guest book, and make sure everyone is having a good time. Also, a bridesmaid can help to keep a note of the gifts received at bridal showers or other parties to make it easier for the bride and groom to write thank-you notes
Overall, try to be a gracious and tactful bridesmaid that does not complain and is more than willing to give assistance when asked.