Things I Learned as a Bridesmaid9:49 AM
|#1 Tip: Bring your best friend with you!!|
Truth be told, my only knowledge about bridesmaids and weddings in general came from obsessively scrolling through wedding photography blogs.
I was woefully unprepared. Fortunately for you, I'm revealing all the things you need to know as a bridesmaid right here, right now!
2. Never get your dress altered at the original store. My friend's wedding alterations cost more than half of the actual price of her wedding dress. Go with a local seamstress who actually knows her stuff for a fraction of the cost!
3. Double-check with your friend about what "formal" means. It will save you and your boyfriend the embarrassment of showing up dressed to the nines while everyone else lounges around in jeans and maxi dresses.
4. Moleskin is a lifesaver for stiff shoes that give you blisters. Actually, just go barefoot for most of the day.
5. If you need to use the restroom in a wedding gown, sit on the toilet backwards...or bring a friend with you. Yeah, just sit on the toilet backwards.
6. Get more than four hours of sleep before the ceremony. The yawns get harder to stifle after a while. And you'll turn into a crabby, weepy mess on and off stage.
7. There's a ton of waiting as a bridesmaid -- mostly in cold, secluded places with nothing to do after you eat two rice krispy treats, one brownie, and two sandwiches.
8. If you have an opportunity to get your hair and makeup done professionally, take it up! It's so much fun.
|That, ladies and gentlemen, is not photoshop.|
That's what my face looks like with three layers of makeup.
10. The price of hairspray that keeps my curls perfect all day is twenty minutes of combing out snarls.
11. You can't sit cross-legged in bridesmaid dresses. Oh, I tried. And I succeeded, But I kept thinking of all the wrinkles forming beneath my criss-cross apple sauce.
13. Bring paper towels to wipe off the bouquets that should be sitting in water.
14. Oh, and bring that book you've been wanting to finish. There's tons of time while the bride gets her family photos.
15. A good photographer makes the day go smoother. Check her out at www.selahphotography.net!
16. Get everything written down in your venue contract instead of relying on verbal assent. Otherwise, the crabby custodians will kick you out of every room they possibly can.
17. If you're considering scrapping the veil, don't. It's the most beautiful wedding day accessory.
18. Holding bouquets gives your shoulder muscles a workout. I had no idea that holding a bouquet for a half hour ceremony could kill my shoulders so much! Bring a personal masseuse...or just subtly roll your shoulders during the prayers.
19. Weddings are a great time to have a cold. Everyone will mistake your sniffles for sentimentality.
20. Wedding ceremonies seem to go on forever when you're standing in the same place holding a bouquet the entire time. (Don't be fidgety like me. I would say I ruined the wedding film, but I was furthest away from the bride. And I'm short. Nobody saw me.)
21. Go through the reception line twice to sneak another hug from your bff/the new bride. You won't get to see much of your bride throughout the day -- savor those moments!
22. Never, ever follow each other to the new site for wedding party photos. Give people the address. If you do have to follow each other, don't be the last car. You'll get stuck at two red lights and end up pulling over into a side street, where your tired, stressed rage will erupt at your boyfriend via phone who's patiently looking up the address of the place to which you have no idea you're going.
23. Obey traffic laws, no matter how stressed you are at being abandoned in a big city. I almost got t-boned, accidentally ran a red light, and considered the speed limit relative as I zoomed after the disappearing line of cars.
24. Wear your glasses if you're driving around frantically looking for the reception hall. Otherwise you'll drive right past it because you can't read the sign.
25. Actually talk to your friends and family while at the reception instead of half-sleeping on your boyfriend's shoulder.
26. When giving a speech in your bride's honor, pick only one of the three separate speeches you quickly prepared in your mind at 7 AM that morning. Do not merge them all into one long, jumbled, giggle-ridden mess.
27. Get more than fifteen hours of sleep over the wedding weekend, or face the consequences:
Have you ever been in the wedding party?
What are the things you'll do differently in your own wedding?