If one of your closest friends is getting married, you may be asked to be a bridesmaid. Bridesmaid experiences vary from person to person, but joining a bridal party can be quite a memorable experience. If you’re a bridesmaid, what steps can you take to make the bride’s life easier as she plans her big day?

Stand By Your Bride

A million things can go wrong on the big day, so be there for your bride to help her navigate any last minute changes. Remember, this wedding is not about you: you are playing supporting actress to the leading lady. Be there for her in any way, shape or form necessary.

Do not offer your opinion unless she asks for it. Unsolicited advice could only stress the bride when she already feels overwhelmed planning her big day.

Buy Your Own Attire

Expect to pay in full for your dress and shoes. Generally, the bride chooses the bridesmaid dresses, so you’ll have to wear whatever she tells you to wear. If you can’t afford the dress, you might have to step down from your role and gently inform her the reason why.

The good news is that many brides today offer flexibility as far as bridesmaid dresses go. For instance, you may have to buy a blush pink dress but have the freedom to choose a style most flattering to your body type. Some brides even ask their bridal party to wear a variety of different colored dresses, which makes for a beautiful, multifaceted melange of bridesmaids.

Some brides may want professionals to style your hair and apply your makeup. Ask the bride in advance how she wants your hair and makeup done so that you can budget in advance and book an appointment. Make sure to book your appointment far in advance to ensure that you won’t be scrambling to find a hairstylist or makeup artist last minute.

Party Planning

While the bride toils away with wedding preparation, you and your fellow bridesmaids will need to plan a bridal party and a bachelorette party. If there’s a maid of honor in your bridal party, she will most likely be in charge. Not only are you honoring the bride with these parties, you’re also bonding with your fellow bridesmaids.

Bridal showers are pretty simple and straightforward to plan, but bachelorette parties are a little more involved. Not all brides are party animals, so a Vegas-style party might not suit her tastes. You could always go for a more laid-back weekend at a lake or just have dinner together. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a party perfectly suited to the bride’s unique personality.

Wedding Rehearsal and Dinner

Clear your schedule not just for the wedding day, but for the day before. You will need to attend the wedding rehearsal and dinner with the entire wedding party. During the wedding rehearsal, you’ll get an idea of when to walk the aisle and where to stand. Rehearsal dinners can be super fun and you may get to know some of the other key players in the wedding even better.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be the bridesmaid from heaven. If your bride is overwhelmed from wedding planning, she may need to hire a professional wedding coordinator. With years of experience and a passion for all things bridal, our wedding planners in Pasadena are happy to step in for any necessary wedding planning duties. Contact Wish Wonder Dream today to see how we can help you.