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3 Essential Tips for Being a Great Bridesmaid plus 1 for the Bride

Being a great bridesmaid

That’s me on the right as the maid of honor; the beautiful bride on the left is my best friend Tina.

Most of you have probably been or will be asked to take on the role of maid of honor or bridesmaid so I thought I would share a little advice on how to be the best bridesmaid.

I have been a maid of honor three times and a bridesmaid once and I truly enjoyed the experience. Now, you might be thinking, of course you enjoy it you, are in the wedding business. But the reason I enjoyed it so much is because I view it as being included in one of the most memorable times in the life of someone I love. That doesn’t mean I’m not aware of what a major responsibility it is to take on and how expensive it can be.

But hopefully my tips can help make you a great bridesmaid:

  1. Expect to Spend Money – There are expenses that come along with the honor of being a bridesmaid; there’s no getting around it. So, plan ahead. Start saving as soon as possible so you are well prepared when the time comes to buy the dress, the shoes, etc.
  2. Be a Good Bridesmaid – Try to truly see the bride’s vision of her wedding and support it. Don’t force your opinions on the bride. Be agreeable about style choices, wedding design, etc. This is her day not yours.
  3. Do your Best to be Available – Understand the bride in all probability is stressed out and task saturated during the wedding planning process. The best thing you can do for her doesn’t cost any money. Perhaps be there to help pick out her dress, choose flowers, and most importantly provide moral support. But ladies, make sure you keep tip #2 in mind.
  4. Finally, for the Bride – Remember the movie “27 Dresses” when picking out your bridesmaid dresses. Try to choose something that not only compliments your wedding theme but also something that can be used again. Your bridesmaids will appreciate it.

Brides if you are looking for more help on how to work with your bridesmaids check out this post!  How your bridesmaids can help you!

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#1 Organizing your Wedding: Delegate! — Our Wedding Plus on 12.11.09 at 7:20 am

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#2 Tina on 01.29.10 at 8:04 pm

All wonderful comments from someone who was a “top notch” Maid of Honor”. She was true to all of her tips and even carried the lipstick. Helped to make it one of the most wonderful days of my entire life!

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