The chief bridesmaid is usually a sister or close friend of the bride. However,
if she is already married herself or if the bride is a widow and is re-marrying,
her title becomes Matron of Honour. She will liaise closely with the bride during
all the wedding preparations and help look after the other bridesmaids, flower girl
and page boys.
Help the bride to choose her dress and the bridesmaids dresses.
Discuss the 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 outfit.
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 umbrellas.
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 their duties.
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 aisle.
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
At the reception
Stand in the receiving line and greet the guests.
Help to display and record gifts received.
Distribute slices of the wedding cake to the guests.
Have the first dance with the best man.
Help the bride change into her going away outfit.
Take care of her dress and accessories if required.
After the wedding
Return any hired clothing and accessories.