First time bridesmaid? Keep these things in mind.

First time bridesmaid? Keep these things in mind.

First time bridesmaid? Keep these things in mind. 

You just got asked by your sister to be her bridesmaid at her wedding. It’s something you both have been dreaming about since you were little girls. You are excited but at the same time, worried because you’ve never been a bridesmaid before and you don’t know what to expect. So let’s talk about the things you should know about being a first-time bridesmaid. 


Being a bridesmaid can be very time consuming. You are tasked with a million different duties from planning the bridal shower to the bachelorette party and you probably don’t even know where to start. But this is exactly why you have a whole squad of girls doing it with you! Gather all the bridesmaids and figure out a way to delegate your tasks. Everyone can be responsible for different things and just check in with each other from time to time. This may not necessarily save you a significant amount of time, but at least you’ll be able to clear out your schedule and plan ahead of time. 


If you didn’t know already, being a bridesmaid can be very costly, so it might not be that bad of an idea to plan out your budget ahead of time. Make sure all the bridesmaids are on the same page in terms of how much you’re willing to spend on each party, the dresses, and set up an emergency fund for any additional expenses that might come your way.  

Patience, Patience, Patience! 

This tale is as old as time, brides turn into bridezillas leading up to the wedding. Well this is only because it is one of the biggest days of their lives! Keep in mind that the bride is under a lot of pressure and is probably stressing out at this point. So be patient, be available, and be ready to take on any additional tasks she asks you to do. Listen to her needs and really understand what it is that she wants. She may not need you to help make some of the big decisions she’s facing, but she sure need someone to talk to and go through this process with her. 

Keep Calm and Carry On

Being a first time bridesmaid should be exciting. Enjoy this experience and make it a good one. The day will come sooner and more hectic than you expect, but if you plan accordingly everything will fall right into place. Don’t stress over it too much, and just remember, it is as much of a big day for the bride as it is for you. After all you are her bridesmaid and she wants you to be by her side when she says “I do”.

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