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The 4 Roles of a Bridesmaid

May 22nd, 2013 by Jeannine

The 4 Roles of a Bridesmaid

Being a part of the bridal party comes with more responsibility than you think. It’s not just about standing up for your best friend at the most important moment of their lives, there are a few other duties and responsibilities that may be bestowed upon you.

  • Support System – Part of being a bridesmaid or groomsman is being there for your friend during the planning process, either as a sounding board for advice, an extra helping hand for wedding errands, or a shoulder to lean on when things aren’t going quite as planned.
  • Party Planner – You gotta send off your friend into wedding bliss the right way so you are responsible for planning the bridal shower, stag or stagette. These may be financially demanding so it’s something to consider before saying yes to the bride or groom. At the end of the night when the guest of honour can’t seem to stand on their own feet, make sure you take care of them and that they’re safe and sound.
  • Speech Writer – This usually just concerns the Maid of Honour and Best Man but depending on what the bride and groom want, you may be asked to say a few words. These speeches are some of the highlights of the wedding and I highly encourage you take your time and write a proper, meaningful speech. Remember, you don’t have to be funny so don’t let that pressure you… and please let’s not embarrass the bride and groom unless you know they can handle it :)
  • Personal Assistant – The bride and groom will have lots on their mind on the big day, it’s up to you to make sure nothing gets left behind or forgotten. Prepare what’s coming up next or help clean up before leaving for the next area. Make sure someone gets food and water for the group too. It’ll be a long day, everyone needs to fuel up.

Lastly, remember that this is your friend’s big day. If she wants certain things for her wedding you may not particularly agree with, provide constructive criticism or just keep it to yourself. The bride needs all the support she can get in the months, weeks, even days leading up to her wedding.

Feature photo courtesy Pure White Studio

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