Being part of a friend’s bridal party is certain to seem like a lot of fun and can be a great honor. But, the process of helping to organize a wedding isn’t always straightforward and there are often plenty of bumps and disagreements along the way. Here are a few useful things to consider about being a bridesmaid:
Understand your duties
The role of the bridesmaid can vary with brides having very different expectations. Try to find out early on what you will be expected to do, and also how often you will need to be available to help.
Organize a fab bachelorette party
The bridesmaids are likely to be asked to help the maid of honor in the process of organizing the bachelorette party. The timing of the event can vary and may be held four or five weeks before the special day or left until the last weekend before the wedding. The party should be organized with a theme that matches the bride’s personality and something fun for everyone to enjoy.
Expect to spend money
There is a great chance that being a bridesmaid means spending money. The costs involved may relate to pooling funds with other members of the bridal party to plan the bachelorette party, as well as cover the cost of your hair, make up and dress for the special day. Also, there is the cost of travel to consider if you don’t live close to the bride.
Only accept the role if completely interested
Don’t accept the role of bridesmaid simply because you were asked. It can be time-consuming and take up several months of your time. Also, there are times that are certain to be very stressful, so it is only worthwhile while taking on the responsibility if 100% committed to helping your friend or family member. A bridesmaid will take on a lot of roles, such as invitation writing, organizing things and dress shopping.
Don’t get difficult about the dress
The bride may already have a clear idea of the dresses to be worn by the bridal party. So, if it is a style that doesn’t match your particular tastes, you really want to simply grin and bear it. It is only for the one day and you should do what is necessary to keep the bride happy.
However, there are occasions when it is possible to object, such as those times when you are expected to foot the bill for the dress. If an ultra-expensive dress has been chosen and you can’t really afford it, you can politely ask to buy an alternative in a similar style, but much cheaper.