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Bridesmaids Duties:The Guide To Helping the Bride

Updated: Mar 18

Congratulations, you're a Bridesmaid. Being a bridesmaid is such a big honor and so much fun. But depending on the couple you're doing it for, and the kind of wedding they're having, it can also be a lot of hard work. Most of the job though, is just about showing up, and showing an interest! I've rounded up the ultimate list of bridesmaid duties - while you won't be required to do everything on the list (I hope!) do your share, you're on your way to securing your status as the best bridesmaid ever!

Bridesmaid Duties Before the Wedding

  • Plan the hen party - we've lots of features to help with this one!

  • Create a text group with the bride and all the bridesmaids (you might want one with groomsmen too, depending on the structure of the wedding party)

  • Check in with the couple regularly - offer practical help as often as you can

  • Visit the wedding venue if required - help make decisions on layout and decor

  • Help with any wedding DIY sessions

  • Make yourself available for wedding dress shopping and fittings where possible

  • Make yourself available for bridesmaid dress shopping and fittings - do some leg-work in finding dresses

  • Listen to any wedding planning woes - be supportive and enthusiastic

  • Turn all pre-wedding events into an excuse for cake and/or cocktails

  • Book some pre-wedding pampering - tan, nails, waxing, facials etc

  • Get a wedding gift

Bridesmaid Duties on the Wedding Morning

  • Wake up early, try to be prepped and on time

  • Help keep the atmosphere in the room upbeat - tunes on!

  • Make sure the bride eats breakfast

  • Ensure the hair and makeup is running on time

  • Introduce yourself as a point person to any key people, like the photographer, videographer or venue coordinator

  • Keep an eye on the time throughout the morning

  • Field any questions and keep any issues away from the couple

  • Make sure the prep room doesn't get too hot or crowded, it should be a fun, calm space for the bride

  • Help the bride into her dress, and assist with shoes and jewelry

Bridesmaid Duties on the Week of the Wedding

  • If you can, try to take a couple of days off work so you're available to help out

  • Attend any rehearsals, dinners, or beauty appointments

  • Help with transport, last minute errands and wedding set-up

  • Make sure you have the shoes, accessories, and underwear you need

  • Help the bride to pack

  • Prep an on-the-day emergency kit

  • Prep a wedding morning playlist and buy in some bubbly - here's one we prepared earlier!

  • Help diffuse any pre-wedding stress or tensions

  • Get a list of suppliers and their contact info for the day

  • Look over the wedding timeline. Save it on your phone

Bridesmaid Duties on the Wedding Morning


  • Wake up early, try to be prepped and on time

  • Help keep the atmosphere in the room upbeat - tunes on!

  • Make sure the bride eats breakfast

  • Ensure the hair and makeup is running on time

  • Introduce yourself as a point person to any key people, like the photographer, videographer or venue coordinator

  • Keep an eye on the time throughout the morning

  • Field any questions and keep any issues away from the couple

  • Make sure the prep room doesn't get too hot or crowded, it should be a fun, calm space for the bride

  • Help the bride into her dress, and assist with shoes and jewelry

Bridesmaid Duties on the Wedding Day

  • Help her in and out of cars, or down stairs if she needs assistance

  • Fix her dress and veil throughout the day, such as at the top of the aisle, or when posing for photos

  • Take her bouquet for the ceremony

  • Arrange for cans or a 'Just Married' sign to be on the back of the wedding car

  • Help round family members up for photos

  • Pay any suppliers you've been asked to

  • Carry an emergency kit and the bride's lipstick - let her know if she needs touch-ups

  • Assist her going to the bathroom, if required - here's how it works!

  • Make a speech - we love it when a woman takes the mic

  • Get guests to sign the guestbook or visit the photo booth

  • Be first on the dance floor and encourage others to keep it filled for the night!

  • Arrange for candles, rose petals and bubbly in the honeymoon suite

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