Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bridesmaids Duties and Responsibilities

From people who know!

The duties of a bridesmaid varies in different parts of the country and in different cultures, but there are some basic duties that hold true regardless. In the early part of the planning stages, offer to help choose the bridesmaid dresses. Of course, you will also pay for your dress, shoes, and accessories. As a bridesmaid, you will co-host with the other bridesmaids a shower and a bachelorette party. Attend as many parties given for the couple as feasible. Assist the bride on her wedding day whether it is to bustle her dress, bring her a glass of champagne, or passing a note to the groom! Fortunately today there are a number of good books on the market about how to be a bridesmaid. You may want to go to your local bookstore and look through them. Keep in mind that you do not have to do EVERYTHING that is listed in the books, just use it as a guideline and let common sense dictate. Regarding gifts for the bride (and groom, remember him?). Most store registries list the wedding date, not the shower date, although the gifts on the registry can be given at the showers and as wedding gifts. So feel free to peruse these for that perfect present to be give an the shower. Being a bridesmaid can be quite expensive, buying the dress, shoes, taking vacation time if it is a destination wedding, and attending a number of showers. A gracious bride does not expect a gift from their bridesmaids at EVERY shower. Many bridesmaids get together and give one FABULOUS shower or wedding gift. In many areas, it is acceptable to give only a shower gift, and not a wedding gift. Again, ask around about the local customs, and let graciousness and common sense be your guide.

1 comment:

  1. Never knew that bridesmaids have so many duties! Thanks for the information.