What is the Role of a Bridesmaid?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”1499″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][ultimate_heading heading_tag=”h1″ alignment=”left” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:20px;tablet:20px;tablet_portrait:18px;mobile_landscape:16px;mobile:16px;” margin_design_tab_text=””]While some choose to have their mothers or another matured woman to be their matron of honor, which is great, traditionally the bridesmaid is a young unwed woman of an age to be married. A junior bridesmaid is one who is clearly too young to wed but is included as an honorary bridesmaid and generally has no official duties. In some areas of the U.S., the junior bridesmaid will wear a white dress as well.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading heading_tag=”h1″ alignment=”left” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:20px;tablet:20px;tablet_portrait:18px;mobile_landscape:16px;mobile:16px;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Modern bridesmaids typically pay for their own dress and travels, unlike their historical counterparts. Sometimes the bridesmaids take it upon themselves to pitch in together to have a party for the bride. This is not an obligation. Since the bride’s family no longer covers these expenses like they did in the past it has become customary for the bride to present her bridesmaids with a gift on the day of the wedding to show her gratitude for their support and financial commitment.

Most brides now talk to their potential bridesmaids and ask them if they are willing to take on the commitment. The potentials will ask how much energy, time, and money that the bride is expecting them to put forth before accepting or declining the position.


[/ultimate_heading][vc_single_image image=”320″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][ultimate_heading heading_tag=”h1″ alignment=”left” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:20px;tablet:20px;tablet_portrait:18px;mobile_landscape:16px;mobile:16px;” margin_design_tab_text=””]The maid of honor, typically a best friend or sister, serves as an official witness for the marriage license. She wears a dress slightly different from the rest of the bridesmaids to be distinguished from the group and her position is right next to the bride. Her typical roles on the day of the wedding include assisting the bride to get dressed, adjusting the dress and train throughout the day. Taking care of texting throughout the day has become common to take the burden off the bride. The maid of honor will let the bride know of anything of importance but keep the small talk from other friends to a minimum. Most maids of honor will offer up some kind, loving words and a toast during the reception.

After the group goes out to help the bride find her dress, some bridesmaids will stay in contact with the bride and make sure everything is going smooth and often ask if there is any way they can help. Others may not call and wait until a couple days before to contact and ask if everything is ready. If you’re the bride and you are looking for help to get a few things done try asking your bridesmaids for help. Every wedding is different and they may not know what needs to be done or specifically what you need to do for your wedding, like helping to address the invitations. Try to be understanding if they are busy and will not be able to assist you.

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