How To Be A Bridesmaid 101

I’ve been in my fair share of weddings.

What’s that saying, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride?” Amen to that sister friend. Sometimes it’s hard to be a bridesmaid and also a perpetual single, but I have created a how-to guide for bridesmaids on all walks of life:

  1. Always be prepared. Pack safety pins and band-aids and feminine products — you want to be prepared like a Boy Scout. You never know what emergency might arise.
  2. Find your zen. When tensions arise and the bride or the bride’s mother or whoever gets testy, find your inner zen and coast through the issue. You may even calm others down in the process.
  3. This too shall pass. Whenever a slip-up arises, bounce back with resiliency and just move on. It will resolve itself given time and a little bit of collective brain power.
  4. Don’t be afraid to let loose. Especially on the dance floor: you walked the aisle, you stood next to the couple, you held the flowers. Now is the time to celebrate!
  5. It’s about the bride. You may be tired of talking about baby’s breath and trying to draw distinction from what seem like identical colors, but in the end: it’s the bride’s day. Not yours.

Each wedding brings forth its own bundle of joys and happy tears and giddiness. They also bring tests and trials and tricky moments. At the end of the day, it is always an honor to stand by my friends’ sides as they make the biggest and best decisions of their lives.


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