Help and Advice for your
The chief bridesmaid is usually a sister or close
friend of the bride.
She will liaise closely with the bride during all
the wedding preparations and help look after the
other bridesmaids, flower girl and page boys.
Although being asked to become a
bridesmaid is an
honor in itself. If the chosen bridesmaid is already
married or is remarrying then her title becomes the
Matron of honor. The chief bridesmaid is chosen as the
bride's main moral support during a very emotional
point in her life
We speak to lots of brides and bridesmaids before, during and after
their events and over time have built up a repository
of information that will be sure to help you get to
grips with this task and some of the worries you
might be having before the big day.
9 months before the day.
- Help the bride to choose her dress
and the bridesmaids dresses, understand what colors
and theme she chooses.
6 months before the day.
- Discuss the wedding plans with the bride, groom
and best man
- Discuss the dress or
outfit with the bride, especially if being made.
Ascertain who will pay for the outfits.
Discuss the plans with
the bride, groom and best man and chief bridesmaid
Discuss the dress or outfit with the bride,
especially if being made. Ascertain who will pay for
1 week before
- Confirm final travel arrangements with the best
man and any other ushers, including the time of
arrival at the church or registry office.
- Obtain for the best
man a list of family and guests who should be
personally escorted to their seats.
- Attend the wedding
rehearsal if required.
- Have your hair cut.
- Obtain large
Attend the wedding rehearsal if
The day before
- Collect any hired clothing and accessories.
On the day
- Ensure bouquets are ready for the bride,
bridesmaids and flower girl.
- Help the bride with
her hair, make-up and dress.
- Help the other
bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys to get
dressed and give them any final instructions on
- Leave for the
ceremony 10 minutes before the bride.
Receive any final instructions from the
Get dressed and help any younger attendants.
Leave for the ceremony 10 minutes before the bride.
At the church
- Arrange the bride's dress and veil.
- Follow behind the bride and her father up the
- Hold the bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
- Witness the signing of the register if required.
- Leave the church accompanied by the best man after
the bride and groom.
- Depart for the
reception with any other bridesmaids and best man
after the bride and groom.
Follow behind the chief bridesmaid or
matron of honour up the aisle.
Leave the church after the chief bridesmaid.
Depart for the reception with the chief bridesmaid
and any other bridesmaids.
At the reception
- Stand in the receiving line
and greet the guests.
- Help to display and record gifts
- Distribute slices of the wedding cake
to the guests.
- Have the first dance with the best
- Help the bride change into her going
- Take care of her dress and
accessories if required.
Stand in the receiving line and greet
the guests, if required.
Distribute slices of the wedding cake to the guests.
After the wedding
- Return any hired
clothing and accessories.
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