- Assist the maid-of-honor however possible. See how can you release her loads.
- Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Be specific about what areas you want to help with and are able to help with. For instance, you can help collect wedding inspiration, help shop for bridesmaids dresses, assist with invitations, etc.
- Sort out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other wedding accessory essentials.
- Purchase your own attire, transportation, and accessories.
- Help the bride plan day-of beauty and spa treatments… be sure the day will flow beautifully by having a plan, and a schedule, that will be simple to adhere to.
- Work alongside the maid-of-honor to plan, co-host and contribute to the cost of the bridal shower and bachelorette party, along with the other bridesmaids.
- If the maid-of-honor isn’t already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes).
- Help maintain RSVP lists, if the maid-of-honor isn’t doing this.
- Help with any tasks the bride might need assistance with, from planning decor to preparing favors.
- Purchase a wedding present for the bride. Get the other bridesmaids involved to come up with one extraordinary knock-her-socks-off wedding gift.
- Be a trooper, no matter how stressful the ordeal becomes. Try not to complain about the bridesmaid dress. Be gracious and tactful.
During the Event(s):
- Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Be punctual and polite.
- On the day of the wedding, run last-minute errands. Be on hand to confirm flower delivery times, meet and greet the ceremony officiant, or satisfy junk food cravings.
- Do your best to politely and helpfully keep everyone on schedule. This will minimize the bride’s stress levels and ensure that everyone is in the right place at the right time. If a planner is present for this purpose, then by all means, relinquish to the responsibility to the professional!
- Greet guests at the reception and encourage mingling. Introduce guests, make sure they know where the bar is located, and invite them to sign the guest book.
- If you have been asked to give a speech, be sure to have one prepared and with you for the appropriate time.
- Help ensure that the bride and groom have enough space to eat and enjoy the reception! If necessary, try to intercept some of the guests to give the bride and groom a moment or two to breathe.
- Assist the maid-of-honor in helping everyone get out on the dance floor.
- Provide plenty of emotional support throughout the entire wedding day process.
- Lead the way in sending the bride and groom off!
- Be sure that the bride has all of her accessories (clutch, wrap, bags, etc) with her when she leaves.
- Make sure that you know wether the bride expects you to take care of any last-minute items after she has gone. For instance, if certain items need to be returned to the bride’s home or if any special decor items may need to be safely stored.
- Ensure that gifts and cards are stored at the location specified by the bride so that she and her groom can return home to all the sweet well-wishes of their family and friends!