The Bridesmaids

A bridesmaid is usually a sister of the bride or groom or a close friend of the bride. Older bridesmaids will liaise with the bride and chief bridesmaid during the wedding preparations and help with the choice of dresses. Younger ones will not be expect to take an active part in the planning stage but their mothers may get involved instead.

6 months

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 the outfit.

1 week before

Attend the wedding rehearsal if required.

The day before

Collect any hired clothing and accessories.

On the day

Receive any final instructions from the chief bridesmaid.
Get dressed and help any younger attendants.
Leave for the ceremony 10 minutes before the bride.

At the church

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, if required.
Distribute slices of the wedding cake to the guests.

After the wedding

Return any hired clothing and accessories.