Your close friend has asked you to be a bridesmaid and you’ve excitedly accepted!

Here’s a list of things to expect now that you’re a bridesmaid.

Be Her Sounding Board

While planning a wedding is a fun and exciting time, it can also be a very emotional and stressful time. The bride will need her best friend’s emotional support in the months leading up to the wedding and especially the day of her wedding. Let her know that you’re there to listen or to help when she needs you.

Cover Certain Expenses

Being in a wedding can be expensive! Figure out what you can afford and be upfront with the bride about it. Traditionally, you will be expected to pay or at least contribute to the following expenses:

  • Your bridesmaid dress, shoes, jewelry and other accessories
  • Wedding day hair, nails and makeup
  • Accommodations for the wedding night
  • Wedding gift
  • Shower gift
  • Bridal shower
  • Bachelorette party

Pitch in on Wedding Related Tasks

The bride is going to be overwhelmed with all the things that go into planning a wedding. It’s helpful if you offer to do specific things such as helping with a DIY project or addressing the invitations. Even if you run a small errand for the bride, she will greatly appreciate it!

Plan and Attend Pre-wedding Events

As a bridesmaid, there are multiple events leading up to the wedding that you are expected to attend (and even plan for some) such as the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Traditionally, the bridesmaids are in charge of planning and paying for the bachelorette party. You’ll want to talk with the bride and get ideas of what she wants before you start the planning process.

It is possible that you will also be responsible for the planning and paying for the bridal shower as well. Although, sometimes the bride’s family will plan and pay for the event. If that’s the case, you’ll want to let the family member in charge know that you are available to help plan or set up the party if they need you!

You will only be expected to show up to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, no planning necessary!

Be Hands on Day of Wedding

There are a variety of ways that you can help out the day of the wedding. The bride may ask you to help get the flower girl down the aisle, hold onto the rings, help her with her dress or veil. It’s good to let the bride know that you are there to assist in any way she may need. Depending on her dress, she may need help going to the bathroom! It’s also your job to help keep the bride calm and soothe any pre-wedding jitters.

Have Fun!

Lastly, enjoy it! Your friend just GOT MARRIED! The happy couple wants everyone to have a great time at their wedding. So get out there and dance!