Summer’s here, the beaches are open again, and the sun sets at 8pm – you know what that means! It’s wedding season! People are taking advantage of this lovely weather to host one of the most important events of their lives, their wedding day! And you’re probably invited to at least one wedding this summer. Maybe you’re even a bridesmaid or groomsman. (You probably are, considering you’re reading this right now.) While it sounds like a big responsibility, don’t worry – this guide is going to help you absolutely crush your role. Side note: you’re probably going to need a hair stylist or makeup artist. Thank me later.
- Be reliable: Be available to help the couple whenever they may need you. Planning a wedding can be really stressful, so be sure you’re able to help them out. Keep any promises made, show up on time and follow through on any responsibilities you’ve taken on.
- Be a good listener: Listen to what the couple wants and needs for their special day. Be open to their ideas and be willing to offer support, advice, and even suggestions when needed. Disagreements are bound to happen, so try to offer a rational point of view to satisfy both sides.
- Be a positive influence: Try to stay positive throughout the planning process, even if things get stressful. Offer a helping hand or a listening ear to anyone who may need it.
- Dress appropriately: Make sure you understand the dress code and stick to it, but be sure to look fabulous while doing so. And ladies, please do not wear white.
- Participate in the celebrations: Be present for all the celebrations leading up to the wedding! Attend the bachelor/bachelorette party, the engagement ceremony, and any other event that’s being organized.
- Help the couple enjoy their wedding day: Try to assist them in any way you can and make sure they have everything they need. People tend to get really stressed right before the wedding (see this article on cold feet and how to deal with it), so try to make sure everything runs smoothly. Does the bride need help with her dress? Does the groom need help with his tie?
- Be prepared: Make sure to pack any necessary items like tissues, a sewing kit, or a first-aid kit, and be ready to help with any last-minute needs. If anything does go wrong, being prepared can help relieve a lot of stress and make the day go smoothly. Bumblebee Linens has a full list of things you should bring!
- Celebrate: Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate! Have fun! Your friends have chosen you to be a bridesmaid/groomsman for a reason! They want to highlight how special you are to them, so enjoy the day and have fun!