Getting Your Bridesmaid Look Just Right for Wedding Day

 In Dresses, Makeup, and Hair

You already have a good idea of just how important being a great bridesmaid is. You have your bridesmaid duties to perform, which usually means helping the bride in every way possible. Making the experience as stress free as can be for her. It also means being an entertainer, quick thinker, counselor, dress-holder (when the bride needs to visit the little girl’s room), and more. However, you also need to make sure you get your bridesmaid look just right. You need to look appropriate for the big day, and you want to feel your best, but in no way should your goal be to out-do the bride! It’s her special day and she should take center stage. Here’s more about getting your bridesmaid look right:

Getting Your Bridesmaid Look Right for Wedding Day.

Be Diplomatic About Your Dress

Assuming the bride takes you dress shopping with her, you will need to be as diplomatic as possible about it. If there are multiple bridesmaids, you’ll all have to agree on something, as well as avoid annoying the bride by complaining about the style/color. She’s going to want something that she feels fits in well with her wedding theme. In some cases you may simply have to grin and bear a dress that you don’t like.

That being said, some brides may be very thoughtful and agree to let everybody wear a dress they choose. She may decide the style, allowing the bridesmaids to choose a color. A more popular trend lately is the bride picks a color and the bridesmaids can choose the style. Either way, keep in mind some are more flexible than others, and only you know the bride best! Just try to be as diplomatic as you can.

Bridesmaids and Bride Showing Off Shoes.

Take Your Wedding Day Prep Seriously

Once you have your dress out of the way, you need to take your wedding day prep seriously. Booking hair color and cut a few weeks before is a good idea. A cut will keep your hair looking healthy. A color will disguise any roots, which is something that can be noticeable if you haven’t had them done in a while.

Your eyebrows frame your face, so make sure you keep up with your usual maintenance. If you usually have them waxed and tinted, don’t go to somebody new to save a quick buck! Go to somebody you can trust and have been to before. Your brows make all the difference.

If you generally fake tan for special occasions, do this a few days before the wedding. In general, take care of your skin in advance too. You’re going to want to go for a natural look with your makeup, so your skin should be glowing. Begin a great regime in the weeks leading up to the wedding, that includes drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated! Maybe even treat yourself to a facial, if you’ve been before and know it helps your skin.

Your nails should also look neat and tidyYou don’t have to go to a pro for this, but they will make your nails look their best. There are a lot of nice gel nail polished you can buy in an array of colors too. Just make sure you wait until a day or two before the wedding to paint your nails.

Bridesmaid Getting Read in Mirror.

Ask The Bride Anything You Are Unsure Of

Just remember that now is NOT the time to go for that drastic haircut or try a skin regimen you’ve never tried before. You wouldn’t want to risk a skin reaction a few days before the wedding. Plus the bride will want you to look as much like your usual self as possible.

If you’re unsure of whether you’re allowed color on your nails, what sort of makeup you should go for, or even what sort of jewelry you’re supposed to wear, make sure you ask. Everybody needs to be on the same page!

Suggest Another Room For the Bridesmaids To Get Ready

This is a tip straight from a wedding photographer: suggest another room for the bridesmaids to get ready, if the bride hasn’t arranged one already. This will help get amazing candid “getting ready photos” from the wedding photographer, so it’s in the bride’s best interest. With lots of bridesmaids, makeup artists, hair stylists, and everything that comes with them, the room becomes too small and it’s a struggle to take pictures. By having a separate room, the photographer can plan better. It’s in your interests too, as you can focus on getting yourself ready on time.

Know What Time You’re Expected To Be Ready

Knowing what time you’re expected to be ready is especially important if you’re going to be taking pictures with the bride. You might be asked to zip up her dress or help her to finalize her look. This will mean you must be ready before her. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time so that you’re not rushing your hair or makeup, and ensure you don’t get stressed if the look doesn’t seem to be going to plan. Don’t make this about you!

Now you know how to get your bridesmaid look just right. You can have peace of mind and really enjoy the day!

What do you think of these tips? Share with us in the comments.

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  • KD Harris

    These are some great tips for bridesmaid’s looks on the big day! 🙂

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      Thank you! There are always so many things to consider. It’s best to be prepared.

  • Ayanna

    Great tips! I will be a bridesmaid for the first time in my brother’s wedding and need all the tips I can get. I love the idea of making sure there is a separate room for the bridesmaids to get ready, so everyone has enough space.

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      It’s so exciting! I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures as a bridesmaid 🙂

  • Brittany

    What a great idea for a post. Great tips! Will have to save for when the time comes around.

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      Thank you! Glad you found them helpful.

  • The Frenchie Mummy

    so true not to try something new! It would be so stressful!

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      I cut off 6 inches of my hair before my best friend’s wedding. I asked first! It was because my hair is thick and she was having a July wedding.

  • Taylor Reese

    LOVE all your tips!! they are right on!


    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      Thank you Taylor!

  • Courtney Buechle

    I love this post, it was so helpful. As an assistant event planner I know just how much impact these tips can have on a bride on her day! Love it!

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      I appreciate that Courtney!

  • Kelsey

    These were such great tips! Thank for sharing! xo

    • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

      Always happy to share!

  • Reply

    Love these tips 🙂 especially ask questions if needed. That is never done enough.

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