TJC’s top bridesmaid survival tips

Wedding season is here, which could mean that you’re getting ready to stand by your best friend’s side on their special day as a bridesmaid. While being a bridesmaid is a lot of fun and a great honour, there is quite a lot that you’ll need to deal with during a wedding.

Being prepared for the big day and having everything you might need ready to go will help you be the best bridesmaid you can be, ensure the bride has an amazing day and make sure you have a lot of fun too.

To help you out, we’ve put together your ultimate bridesmaid survival guide, so read on to find out what you need to know:

Stay organised

As a bridesmaid, it is important to remain as organised as possible to take stress off the bride where you can. This means knowing where people should be and when so you can help get the day moving as it should.

Before the wedding, work out a schedule with the bride and groom and write it down. You should also include a checklist of anything you will need to do on the day.

This will mean that you can refer to your schedule and your list during the wedding and keep things going smoothly – even if some things have gone wrong!

Be patient

Weddings are stressful for brides, so you need to be patient if your friend starts to go a bit bridezilla. She just wants to make sure her special day is as she imagined it during all the months of planning.

You just have to be patient and help her where you can. Be prepared for a lot of calming down and reassuring, especially when she is getting ready to head down the aisle. Patience really is a virtue when you’re a bridesmaid!

Pack a bag

While you may be heading down the aisle with just a bouquet in hand, you should also have someone take your handbag to the wedding for you so you have everything you need just in case.

As well as your makeup and phone, you should make sure your bag has things like plasters, paracetamol, a portable phone charger, small sewing kit and flat shoes in it. This will ensure you’re covered for a number of eventualities and can come to the rescue in the instance that your bride’s shoes rub her feet, she has a headache or there is a dress disaster.

Stay hydrated

Weddings are long days anyway, but they can be longer if you’re a bridesmaid and are running around. This is why it is important to have a bottle of water to hand so you can stay hydrated and keep the bride hydrated too.

While you can have an alcoholic drink, it’s important not to overdo it so you are at the ready in case the bride needs you, so sticking to water or soft drinks throughout most of the day is a good idea.

Remember it isn’t about you

You may be a member of the wedding party but the day is all about the bride and groom, so it’s important to remember this. You aren’t going to be the centre of attention and, therefore, should ensure you avoid adding drama to the day.

Everything about the day is for the bride and groom, so you should do your best to make sure it stays that way.

Enjoy the day

The bride will want to know that you have enjoyed yourself along with everyone else, so make sure you do have fun and take some time to relax.

Usually, once the ceremony is over and people have made the speeches, there isn’t a lot for you to do. This is the perfect chance for you to mingle, have a dance and some fun, even if you do keep one eye on the happy couple.

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