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Ready to Say Yes to Being A Bridesmaid? Here’s What You Need to Know

Updated: Feb 9

Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it's also a big responsibility. When it comes to the responsibilities of a bridesmaid, there are two distinct categories. There are the duties that you’ll be expected to perform before the wedding and then there are the duties that you’ll be expected to perform on the wedding day. Let’s take a look at each in detail.

There are some common ideas on this list like planning the bachelorette party and keeping the bride calm on wedding day, but there are definitely a few things that I didn't even know were a "thing" read on and be armed with the information you need to make the best decision for you.

Pre-Wedding Events

One of the most important responsibilities of a bridesmaid is attending pre-wedding events such as the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and the rehearsal dinner. The bridal shower and rehearsal dinner are important for the bride and groom, as well as the bridal party, because they give everyone a chance to come together and celebrate and get on the same page for the big day. As a bridesmaid, it’s your job to not only attend these events, but also to help with the planning and execution if needed. You’ll likely be asked to help with decorating and coordinating some of these events. However, if they have a planner, they should be able to help with this as well.

Attending the bridal shower is one of the most important duties of a bridesmaid. This is an opportunity to celebrate the bride prior to the wedding day. The shower is wildly different than celebrating a bachelorette party because parents and grandparents of the couple will likely attend. We will talk about the differences between a wedding shower and a bachelorette party below.

Photography: Andi Bravo Photography

Assisting with Wedding Details

The bride will likely need your help in the many months leading up to the wedding. This can include anything from helping her pick out her wedding dress to maybe even helping her make centerpieces for the reception tables and go shopping for other wedding details (think getting ready outfits for wedding day and bouquet drop-off for preservation). It’s important to be available to help out when you can. You don’t need to take on the entire planning process, as the couple will likely have hired a planner, but you do need to be there for the bride when she asks for your help and be willing and able to be there for her. Besides, asking for help is hard in general, so pair that with the stress and pressure of planning a wedding and it's even harder to ask for help. If she's asking, she likely really needs it or really values your opinion.

Bachelorette Party and Wedding Day

The bachelorette party is another important event that the bridesmaids are expected to attend and plan. The bach party is one of the most anticipated events of the entire wedding process. They are usually celebrated between the bridesmaids and the bride separately away from the bride's partner. These parties have more of a wild, lighthearted, and sometimes a little raunchy vibe and matching tshirts and swag. This is a chance for the bride and her besties to let loose and have some fun before the big day. Ya know, one last fling until the ring. As a bridesmaid, it’s your job to make sure the bride has the best time, feels truly loved, and is excited for wedding day.

On the day of the wedding, the bridesmaids have an important role to play. This includes helping the bride get ready, keeping the bride calm and collected, and helping with any last minute details or emergencies. Making sure all the bridesmaids have their getting ready robes or pjs, their dresses, accessories, etc is vital! You do not want someone to forget something and cause any extra stress. It’s important to be on time to your getting ready location, hair and makeup appointment, and to be prepared to handle any unexpected issues that may arise because I promise, there will be some.

Photography: Rachelle Lynn Co.