How to be the Best Bridesmaid Ever!

 In Advice, Professionals Confess!

You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid and you know everything that is expected of you for this honored task. In fact, you know you’re going to rock the basic duties and want to step up your game. Lucky for you we know exactly what you need to do to be the best bridesmaid ever!

Tips for How to Be the Best Bridesmaid Ever

Be the Bride’s Eyes and Ears

“A photographer will be around most of the day, there are so many memories to capture. Having a bridesmaid who is familiar with wedding guests and can help keep things energetic, fun, and on schedule is every bride AND photographer’s dream! Having another bridesmaid on the look out for the little things the day of the wedding is also so important. Keep on eye on the bride and when she needs her bouquet held, train picked up, a tissue, makeup/hair fix. Bridesmaids have a big role of keeping the bride a priority and helping create lasting memories and beautiful photographs to look back on!” – Courtney, Owner of Courtney June Photography

Golden Oak Farms Bridesmaids and Bride Clinking Glasses.

 Get Assistance From Professionals

“Event planners aren’t just for the bride and the wedding day. Bridesmaids can use an event planner for coordinating the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or a dress shopping brunch.  A wedding planner can help you find the perfect location for the guest list, help you design a theme around the event, provide insight into cost and deals/promotions going on, and help with choosing ideal vendor partners for the event.  They have experience with all types/styles of events, so utilize their expertise to help you throw a stress-free, fun event for the group.” – Jaime Engebretson. Owner of J’aime Events

Let Them Eat Cake!

“Now, more than ever, adding color, texture, and other fun elements to wedding cakes really lets the unique personalities of a couple shine through.  These same rules apply to wedding shower or bachelorette cakes too!  Bridesmaids will find working with a cake designer is a fun way to provide the party day with something totally unique.  The only caveat is that the more details, and the higher quality baker you pick, the higher the price.  HOWEVER, a good cake designer will be able to make suggestions based on your budget that might help you save a bit, if cost is the biggest concern. They’ll show you how you can REALLY add flair and personality to a centerpiece cake!” – Michelle Engebretson, Owner of Happy Caker Bake Shop

Golden Oaks Farm Styled Shoot Bride and Bridesmaids Cheers

Make Friends With The Vendors

“Our farm is a big place with over 100 beautiful acres!  So being the point of contact for the happy couple, as a trusted bridesmaid, would be wonderful. We have an onsite event host that would be delighted to establish this type of relationship with members of the bridal party.  This ensures the couple isn’t caught up in logistics and can truly enjoy their special day!” – Kelly Dennis, Owner of Golden Oak Farm

Golden Oak Farms Bridesmaids and Bride Hanging Dresses.

Be Picture Ready

“Too often when bridesmaids enter the wedding ceremony, they carry their flowers too high — up by their chest. The perfect way to showcase your dress and bouquet is to position your flowers at your waist and tip them forward slightly. This technique will emphasize the flowers rather than the underside of the bouquet. One exception is if you have embellishments at your waist. In that case, carry your bouquet lower, not higher.” – Lynette Dorfner, Owner of Lynette’s Touch of Design

Bride and Bridesmaid Opening Gifts

Give Her a Unique Wedding Gift

“Being a bridesmaid is an honor. Yes, you’re running around trying to get things organized and keep the bride calm, but you’re doing it because you love and value her. It can be difficult to express your appreciation for the blushing bride individually. A group gift is the perfect way to show her that you care. By grouping together, you can provide something thoughtful, grandiose, and unique that expresses your collective love for her. For something truly unique, consider renting a luxurious bridal suite that will give her a bridal experience she will never forget.

This gift offers the bride and bridal party a beautiful space to get ready in while surrounding her with luxuory and comfort. These days, most bridal parties take candid photos that show them spending time together and getting ready for the wedding ceremony. Of course, these pictures are all the more special if they are taken in a beautiful bridal suite. Hiring an aesthetically pleasing space for the pre-wedding celebrations is a gift that the bride will always remember through the beauty of her pre-wedding snapshots.” – Heidi Mathson, Owner of Dream Day Dressing Rooms

Golden Oaks Farm Styled Shoot Bridesmaids Jumping on the Bed

Make the Wedding Day Prep Fun

“Make the time you guys spend getting hair and makeup done fun! I love when bridesmaids bring their favorite tunes and crank them up while they’re getting ready. It really sets a fun and relaxing mood for everyone, and is a great stress reliever for the bride too.” – Jody Winter, Owner of Winter Artistry

Golden Oaks Farm Styled Shoot Bride and Bridesmaids Laughing

Keep Things Positive

“Having the honor of being a bridesmaid is so special and can come with so many responsibilities. I think the best part is watching the bride enjoy special moments and helping to keep the day positive and energetic. There is a marriage to witness, but mostly you’re there to help a really special friend ensure she feels beautiful and has the best day of her life.” – Stephanie Fleek, Owner of Oh Sugar Studio

What do you think of these tips for being the best bridesmaid ever? Do you have any others to add to the list? Share with us in the comments.

Special thanks to the following for contributing to this guest post:

Styling and Coordination: J’aime Events / @jaimeevents
Venue: Golden Oak Farm / @goldenoakfarm
Photographer: Courtney June Photography / @courtneyjunephotography
Bridal Gown: Annika Bridal Boutique / @annikabridal
Tuxes: The Black Tux / @theblacktux
Make-up: Winter Artistry / @winterartistry
Hair: Natalie Lanners Make-up and Hair Artistry / @njlanners
Robes/Shawl: Oh Sugar Bride / @ohsugarbride
Bridal hangers/Hand lettering: Danika by Design / @danikabydesign
Bridesmaid Jewelry: Style by Cia / @stylebycia
Cake Design: Happy Caker Bakeshop / @happycakerbakeshop
Furniture: Dream Day Dressing Rooms / @dreamdaydressingrooms
Invitations: Chalk and Home / @chalkandhome
Florals: Lynette’s Touch of Design

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  • jnmeeker

    I love love love this!!!! Great advice from amazing vendors and SUPER lovely images Courtney!!

  • theweddingcat

    Keeping things positive is MAJOR!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      It sounds so easy but with all the moving pieces of your own life it can be hard not to complain a little here or there to the bride. So yes, it’s a good reminder to just smile and put your best foot forward.

  • eilarva

    Great advice. Bridesmaids need to help keep brides calm and help them have fun!

  • Sarah Althouse

    Aww very sweet! if I ever get asked to be a bridesmaid again (most of my friends are married!) I will definitely keep these in mind 🙂

  • Jordan

    I loved being a bridesmaid for my sister and my best friend last summer. Throwing bridal showers, helping with planning, keeping up with details on the wedding day – everything about it was fun for me! These are great tips!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      Thanks! Glad to hear you had an awesome bridesmaid experience.

  • Ola

    Great tips and photos. It’s important for bridesmaids to know that they too can contribute to a bride’s special day in subtle, but helpful ways.

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      Yes! Get creative. You don’t always have to spend a ton of money.

  • Brittany Daoud

    Super cute post! Every bridesmaid should read this!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      Awww thank you so much. That’s a sweet compliment.

  • Nicole Banuelos

    This is such great advice.. I don’t think people who have not yet been married understand how stressful planning the event can be. These are gorgeous pictures by the way!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      It’s so true. Until you’ve experienced it you can’t even imagine the amount of to dos on your list.

  • April Kitchens

    I haven’t been asked to be a bridesmaid yet, hopefully soon! This was a fun post.

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      Thanks! My first time being a bridesmaid I was 32. Then 6 months later I was asked again. It’s fun but my one friend was a bridesmaid in 8 weddings one year. Yikes!

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