Bridesmaid Duties and Responsibilities

Bridesmaid duties are somewhat similar to the maid of honor duties. Let me start by telling you who are bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids are the ladies who are willing and able to give it all up for the sake of the bride on her wedding day, through good times and bad.

Becoming a fantastic bridesmaid takes more than just a pretty dress. It takes the term "friendship to a whole new level.

Being a part of a bridal party as one of the bridesmaids is a dream for some females...

...that is if they have no intention of ever becoming a bride of course!

It is about finding creative ways to celebrate your friendship with the bride. That being said, are you ready to accept the full responsibility of performing the bridesmaid duties? If so, let me let you in on a whole host of these duties.


Before I let you in on the duties let m share this with you. It is in deed a great honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid and also one that should not be taken lightly. However, before you accept the role of being a bridesmaid you must ask yourself if you will be able to fulfill all the obligations, including costs associated with it!

Knowing Who pays for what is a gray area that should be cleared up right from the get-go with no surprises. Reason being, this is the one area that causes the most hard feelings when it comes down to the meat of the matter.

With all of that out of the way...

Here is a list of what the bride will expect of you as part of your bridesmaid duties:

  • Bridesmaids are a collection of the most important women in the bride's life. It may be that you do not like all the others, but you do need to get along for the sake of the bride (your friend). So the tip is to leave all pettiness and immaturity at home. Be gracious even if it kills you to.

  • Assisting with the shopping - clothes, jewelry, food (if doing own catering)etc.

  • Hair and make up expenses are usually paid by the bridesmaids. If the Bride wants everyone to be made up together, then the Bride should cover part or all of the costs.

  • Help address the invitations.

  • Assist with the creation of the wedding favors if they will be self-made.

  • Assist the maid of honor with the bridal shower planning.

  • Help to spread the word about the couple's bridal registry, even though this is sometimes mentioned in the wedding invitation.

  • Help with the coordination of the out of town guests by arranging transportation and accommodation, and preparing a welcome basket for them.

  • Collect all the gifts and envelopes at the reception and make sure they are kept safe.

  • Assist the bride with any demands on the wedding day as well as before the special day.

  • Being a part of the photo shoot to be included in the wedding album.

  • Walking down the aisle with one of the groomsmen

In the same way that the bride expects some responsibilities from you, you too should expect the following from the bride:

  • You will need to be kept up-to-date on all the wedding day plans.

  • You should be given a checklist of what will be required of you. This is a great way to clarify every one's expectations.

  • The bride should show you Kindness. She should be nice and try to be accommodating because the bridesmaid duties are not easy to accomplish all the time.

The above list of duties and responsibilities is to serve as a guide and can be increased or decreased as you may desire. So do not think that you are obliged to to all that is listed. Some may apply to you while others may not.

So take your time to get your list of bridesmaid duties documented and be sure to perform them to the best of your ability while having fun doing so!

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