The bridesmaids are usually the bride’s female family members or closest friends, but she may choose to include some of the groom’s female relatives too. She may have a maid of honour to keep all the bridesmaids organised. Bridesmaid duties include supporting the bride practically and emotionally in the run up to the wedding.
How many bridesmaids can I have?
There is no set limit on the amount of bridesmaids a bride can have, but if you are paying for the outfits then it’s wise to make sure you keep it to an amount you can afford.
Can a bridesmaid be too young?
A young bridesmaid – usually younger than eight years old – may be more suited to the role of flower girl. Flower girls typically wear ivory or white dresses and scatter petals as they walk down the aisle ahead of the bride and bridesmaids.
Bridesmaids’ duties in the run up to the wedding:
6 months to go
Now is the time to attend dress fittings and discuss hair styles and accessories. Find out who is funding the extra details and whether the bride wants all the bridesmaids to match. Bridesmaid duties can also include help with DIY tasks such as writing and sending invitations, making favours and working on the seating plan.
3 months to go
Focus on the bachelorette party. The maid of honour should take care of most of the planning, but be available to assist her and to attend!
One week to go
The bridesmaids may need to attend a wedding rehearsal. Practise your ceremony reading, if you’ve been asked to give one.
On the day
The bridesmaids should help the bride get ready on the morning of the wedding, and be able to assist younger members of the wedding party with getting ready too.
During the ceremony
Just before you head down the aisle, make sure the bride looks her best!
At the reception
Outside of the venue, greet the guests and show them where to go
Assist with passing out slices of wedding cake to the guests
After the ceremony
Be available to organise and greet guests, help the bride with any makeup fixes and get guests on the dance floor!