Your Ultimate Guide to Bridesmaid Etiquette


So, you have been invited to be a bridesmaid? Congratulations, that really is a big honor! But, what now? If you have never been a bridesmaid before, this role can be a bit intimidating. However, there is no need to worry, because we have your back. Here is what every new bridesmaid needs to know, in a form of an ultimate guide to bridesmaid etiquette. 


  • Make sure to attend at least one of the pre-wedding functions, unless you live out of town. Try your best to be there whenever you can, within the means of your schedule of course. 
  • Be ready to pay for your attire, even if the dress is unflattering or not really according to your fashion taste and personal preference. 
  • Make sure that you are there to always listen to the bride when she needs to vent, especially during the stress of wedding planning, when the bride may be dealing with a controlling mother-in-law, unresponsive vendors, and many other pressures.
  • Do your best to have fun at the reception. The bride wants you to have a fun time, but she also counts on your and the rest of the bridesmaids to be the party starters that get the party going. 


  • You should not make the bride pay for her own bachelorette party. This party is being thrown for her, and it is generally expected of the bridesmaids to split the cost. 
  • Do not be late for any part of the wedding. Not only is it rude, but it will also just stress the bride even further without the need to. Also, you will be missing all the good fun!
  • Do not get into catfights with the other bridesmaids, even if they are very, very annoying. Always keep in mind that taking the high road is the best option that will save the bride’s nerves, as well as yours.

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