You've probably heard the old stereotype of the bitter bridesmaid who wishes she were the one in the white wedding dress. But at OneWed.com we know that just like modern brides, modern bridesmaids are strong, savvy women ready to pitch in and do what needs doing... if only someone would tell them what needs doing!
Every bride is different and has different needs and expectations. Make sure to check in with your bride often and find out what she wants or needs from you. Some brides just want a fab bachelorette party, others need a hand to hold every step of the way.
We've put together a basic list of the sorts of things the maid of honor and bridesmaids are often asked to do. The details are up to you and your bride.
Before the wedding
Help the bride shop for her dress and accessories
If you're lucky, help her choose the bridesmaids' dresses
Be a sounding board for the bride
Help the bride with any DIY projects
Plan and host a bridal shower and a bachelorette party (don't forget to use OneWed's Wedding Pre-Party to make this easier)
The wedding day
Help the bride get dressed and ready
Hold the bride's dress while she pees (yes, we're serious)
Collect and carry an emergency kit for the bride
Straighten the bride's dress, train and veil before the ceremony
Be cheerful, upbeat and calm even if she stresses out
Walk nicely down the aisle
Stand at the altar without fidgeting
Keep the drama to a minimum
Stand in the receiving line, if asked
Give a toast or speech, if asked
Help bustle her train, or change outfits if necessary