If you've been asked to be a bridesmaid at a friend's or sister's wedding, you'll be called upon to perform several duties to make sure that the wedding day is as special as possible for the bride and groom. Being fully aware of your role and the ways you may be asked to help out will make the wedding planning and ceremony more enjoyable for everyone.
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Organising Pre-Wedding Celebrations
Even though the maid or matron of honour is usually in charge of hosting the bride's wedding shower and hen parties, bridesmaids are also expected to help when it comes to inviting guests, preparing food for parties, and even co-hosting the shower with the maid or matron of honour. Bridesmaids may also be expected to organise some of the details of the wedding ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Bridesmaids are usually in charge of covering the cost of their dresses, shoes, and accessories for the ceremony. The bride may also need help determining the right colour and style of the bridesmaids' dresses. When the bride is shopping for her wedding dress, the bridesmaids will often be asked to accompany the bride on her shopping trips and dress fittings to provide their opinions on her attire.
Even though the bride may have asked hostesses to show guests to their seats for the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids often are expected to partially take on this role at the wedding reception. Bridesmaids are expected to dance with the groomsmen when the DJ announces that everyone is free to get on the dance floor. The bride may also be expecting her bridesmaids to direct guests to the rest room or car park or to provide details about beverages available at the bar.
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