13 January 2014
The Chief Bridesmaid
One of the most important choices a bride-to-be has to make is selecting her chief bridesmaid.
As chief bridesmaid you are the bride's right hand woman – a source of advice, support, sympathy and supplier of alcohol, where necessary. It is an honour to be asked, even if you are the bride's only sister and would never have spoken to her again if she hadn't given you the job!
From the day you are appointed right through to the wedding day itself, you will be kept busy, and may end up carrying out jobs you'd never thought about until asked by the bride. Try to perform all your tasks with a smile.
Chief bridesmaid duties may include some or all of the following
Help to arrange anything and everything, from transport and stationery through to decorations and entertainment.
Be a good listener, a source of laughter or a shoulder to cry on, depending on the bride's mood at the time.
Help to choose suitable bridesmaid outfits if invited, but remember that the bride's word is final.
Attend all relevant dress fittings with the other bridesmaids.
Attend any Wedding rehearsals with the other bridesmaids.
Organise the hen night – and ensure that the bride survives it.
Help the Bride to get prepared on the big day.
Ensure that all the bridesmaids are ready in good time for the trip to the church.
Travel to the wedding ceremony venue along with the mother of the bride and the other bridesmaids.
Help the bride lok her best when she has arrived for the ceremony.
Hold the bride’s bouquet during the wedding service.
Keep an eye on any flower girls or page boys, and make sure that they are behaving themselves. A wedding ceremony can seem a long time to a small person.
Form part of the exit procession after the wedding ceremony, walking alongside the best man.
Dance with the best man as part of the first dance, even if you can't stand him.
Dance with all the groomsmen during the reception, though not all at the same time!
Help the bride prepare to go away on her honeymoon, and look after her dress whilst she’s gone.
As chief bridesmaid you will certainly be in for a busy time, but you will have the reward of knowing that you are helping to make the day even more special