Marriages are the most happening events in any part of the world. The bride and groom get busiest of all, their parents are busier than most others. Most others! Are there any more people concerned with the weddings, besides the priests, relatives, friends and invitees; and the caterers, decorators, tailors and hoteliers? There are. The bridesmaid and groomsman are two more people who are excited about the marriage. Bridesmaid is also called the maid or matron of honor. She accompanies the bride during her marriage, just as the groomsman accompanies the bridegroom. The more the merrier. There can be more than one Bridesmaid for a wedding.
Prepare yourself for the blushes at various instances in a pretty dress, decent make-up and a lot of happiness. Wedding is a happy event. If your friend invites you to be her bridesmaid or if your parents convey your cousin’s parents’ wish to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, jump with a joyous yes. Partake of others’ happiness to create your own for your wedding.
Roles & Responsibilities
The role of a bridesmaid is important because she is a close friend or relative of the bride and gets preferences in terms of new dress, gifts and presence during vows. She must be young and unmarried to be a bridesmaid.
Bridesmaids are present in the wedding right from the beginning. They accompany the bride in all ceremonies that take place before, during and after the wedding. They help the bride with getting her dressed. They also help with bridal make-up and jewelry. Bridesmaids often accompany the bride in shopping too.
The bridesmaids should be present in the bridal shower and luncheon.
The junior bridesmaids are required to attend the wedding and nothing more is a duty. The chief bridesmaid (s) may be asked to be witness (es) while signing the marriage document after the ceremony.
The bridesmaids should be prepared to be counselor cum personal assistant and assist the bride in her marriage preparations like wedding dress, carrying her veil, prayer books, and rings (chief bridesmaid).
A word of caution – Don’t get yourself an expensive dress if the bride is not sponsoring you a new dress.
Say no in the beginning if you are not sure of being present in the wedding.
Bridesmaids are as glamorous as the bride in a wedding, if not more. As a bridesmaid, you get a lot of attention and care during the wedding from the family of bride, guests, relatives and friends.
Bridesmaids get invited to gala Bachelorette parties, relaxing spa, brunch and sumptuous wedding dinner! You can expect to get expensive gifts like dresses, shoes, trinkets, books, mementos, engraved antiques, chocolates or flowers from bride’s family. It’s a common practice all over the world whether it is UK or USA or India or Africa or China. Gifts are also given in the form of wedding photos framed on large sizes.
You don’t have to worry a dime about the wedding just as the bride or groom does carry a lot of prenuptial stress.
You are free to wear a dress of any color – brown, pink, blue – and not necessarily white. You can also dress up with make-up and jewelry and be sure that nobody else in the wedding looks as pretty as you and the bride.
Earlier, the clothes and travel expenses were borne by bride’s family. It is now not an obligation but more of a gratitude shown by bride. The bride presents gifts to the bridesmaids who are her friends and cousins, standing by her side in her marriage.
Bridesmaids get the complete experience of a wedding and the joys of marriage. Is it like getting yourself acquainted with the event of marriage or is it just fun? It’s a combination of both.
Unlike a marriage where one is expected to wed once in lifetime, you can be a bridesmaid as many times as you want!!! You can go on dreaming about it.
Being a bridesmaid prepares you for your D-Day too!!!