Ultimate Checklist for your Bridesmaids


Planning and/or participating in a wedding can be a daunting task. Traditionally, wedding party members all have very distinct roles to assist with the process and make life easier for you and your groom. Use this easy checklist to help get a grip on what the role of your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids includes! Of course, you can customize this list to meet the unique needs for your wedding party.

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Maid (Matron) of Honor
  • Assists bride in choosing a bridal gown as well as in choosing attendants' gowns and jewelry.
  • Purchase gown and accessories that she will be wearing.
  • Helps bride address invitations.
  • Plan and host bridal shower.
  • Plan and host the bachelorette party.
  • Records gifts received at showers as well as collecting all ribbons and bows for making the rehearsal bouquets.
  • Helps the bride assemble and decorate wedding favors.
  • Helps bride and bride's family decorate the reception hall, if necessary.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive with at least 2 hours early to assist the bride in dressing.
  • Organize bridesmaids and their gowns.
  • Arrange bride's veil and train before and throughout the ceremony.
  • Hold groom's ring during the ceremony if its not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Signs the wedding certificate as an official witness.
  • Stands to the left of the groom in the receiving line.
  • Dances when the music starts at the reception and asks other guests to dance.
  • Be gracious and serve as an auxiliary hostess at the reception.

Bridesmaids
  • Purchase gowns and accessories to wear in the wedding.
  • Assist Maid (Matron) of Honor in planning and hosting bridal showers.
  • Help with wedding favors.
  • Run errands as needed by the bride.
  • Help decorate the reception hall, if needed.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive early at the wedding dressing site.
  • Walk down the aisle before the Maid (Matron) of Honor, flower girl, and ring bearer.
  • May stand in receiving line, if requested by bride and groom.
  • Dance and be gracious at the reception.

Enjoy the Moments
Enjoy the time you spend selecting gowns together, the fun you'll have at the bridal shower with the girls, as well as the bachelorette party with your bridesmaids. Make sure you have cameras ready to capture everything so you can remember all the details after your wedding.  You will be creating special memories with the friends who are closest to you ... cherish them.

Ask for Help
Enlist your bridesmaids to help in planning (and executing) the rehearsal dinner, as well. There's no need to try to do everything yourself. This can take an enormous amount of stress off you and your groom as the big date approaches.

Have a "No Surprises" Philosophy
Keep the ladies in the loop as much as you can.  Be sure to alert them of any extra expenses for alterations, update them when it's time to meet for trying on dresses, picking out the shoes and selecting the wedding jewelry. Planning the wedding is a lot of fun, but it can also be incredibly stressful for all involved. "No surprises" is the best way to keep everyone on the same page and running smoothly for your big day!

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Thank Them Appropriately
Your bridesmaids will bend over backward to help make your wedding absolutely incredible. They also incur a pretty big expense on your behalf, including the dress, their shoes, their jewelry, as well their hair and makeup. If you have girls travelling to be part of your wedding party, the expense goes up immensely! It's important thank your bridesmaids and it's appropriate to present them with a thank you gift at your rehearsal dinner. You can select matching gifts for all the girls, or you can select unique gifts (in the same price range) for each. A nice hand written thank you card accompany your gifts is a genuine and appreciated added touch.

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
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