Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How to Treat Your Bridesmaids

I always hear stories of brides taking advantage of their maid-of-honor and bridesmaids - asking them to act more like their wedding planner than their support system.

I recently caught the movie 27 Dresses on cable. The main character, Jane, is a bridesmaid or MOH in 27 weddings. At each one, including her sister’s, she's acting more like a wedding planner and not a bridesmaid or MOH.

So let me just say this: Your bridesmaid and MOH should not be your wedding planner – unless of course that’s what she does for a living and has offered to work with you as your wedding planner.

It is NOT fair for you to expect your ‘maids to schedule appointments with vendors for you or do any research for you, unless they offer. Of course you can bring them with you dress shopping and to meet with a vendor, but they are NOT your private army of wedding planners.

Here’s a list of the main bridesmaid and maid-of-honor responsibilities:
  • Plan and host the bridal shower and bachelorette party

  • Shop for and buy the bridesmaid dress and accessories the bride selects without complaining

  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

  • If the bride asks – help with wrapping favors, binding programs, stuffing invitation envelopes, etc...

  • Show up on time on the wedding day with a positive attitude

  • Help the bride get ready

  • Walk down the aisle without complaining about the order or who she is paired with

  • Take part in the ceremony if the bride asks

  • Dance and have a great time at the reception


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