Being a bridesmaid is a great honor! While it also comes with responsibility, it will also be a memorable experience to share with the bride and the bridesmaids. Of course you’ll want to help make the bride’s wedding day fun and joyous, and that all begins with being a good bridesmaid yourself. Here are a few etiquette tips on how to be a great bridesmaid.
Chances are that some of the bridesmaids may not know each other. It’s important to start off on the right foot and introduce yourself, start an email or text chain and get the communication between the group established. It’s much easier to partner together and be a team player once you get to know each other. The bride will appreciate that the effort for everyone to come together to help her plan her special day!
Obviously the bride values you as a person–and whether it is your humor, understanding nature, or optimistic personality, there is something you bring to the table she values. Stay cheerful and surround her with positivity. Things may go wrong, but how you handle and react will set the tone for the bride. Regardless if it’s unpredictable weather or last minute jitters, keep enthusiastic and help her feel relaxed! The bride will definitely appreciate optimism and sense of humor throughout the planning process.
The bride may ask your opinion about various things throughout the planning process. It is okay to be honest, but if you see that your response is causing distress, back off and ask what she thinks. Remember the main mantra is “What would the bride want?” Every decision and detail should reflect the couple’s personality, style, favorite things and personal choices. Even if you don’t agree with some of the things she wants, you should remember that your loyalty is to her, and it’s the job of the bridesmaids to make her feel good about the wedding.
When the bride or maid of honor reaches out about an idea or details, jump on it now. It’s a gift to the bride when you show a genuine interest in her wedding details. Offer to help, attend appointments and be punctual with responding. Pay attention to the bride and be present – this is a really exciting time for her and staying off your phone and having fun together is meaningful!
With teamwork and an enthusiastic attitude, you’ll no doubt ace how to be a great bridesmaid! It’s the little touches that takes a great bridesmaid to the next level of awesomeness. And those touches don’t have to cost a thing.
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