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How to be a Great Bridesmaid

You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid in your good girlfriend’s wedding — you’re thrilled for your gal, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’re already feeling stressed about your role! How much is this gonna cost? What if I don’t like my dress? Will I look good in the photos?

You’ve come to the right place! This post is packed with my very best bridesmaid tips that will not only make you a perfect bridesmaid, but they’ll keep you sane & happy in the process!

Treat yo self

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If you haven’t already done it as a group, go get a mani-pedi before wedding day, babe! Consider asking the bride who she’s hiring for her hair & makeup and ask how much it will cost for you to have them do your hair & makeup that morning. Trust me, having professional hair & makeup will make you feel as confident as Beyoncé in front of the camera!

Remember your why

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I know that being a bridesmaid can begin to feel time-consuming and really tighten your budget and that can feel frustrating. Whenever you begin to have negative feelings about the wedding or resenting the bride, speak this affirmation: “My girl needs me & this will show her how much I love her”.

Keep the Room Clean

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Often times I have to take time away from photographing the bride & her details to move water bottles, tissues, bridesmaids luggage (you. girls. have. so. much. stuff.), and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame during getting ready photos. Designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.

Set a Vibe

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You know your girl better than I do, so bring along a speaker & play the jams you think will get her into the best mood. Some brides want a chill vibe while getting ready & others want all Ariana Grande, but there’s nothing worse than being photographed in an awkwardly quiet room!

Support our Girl

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Advocate for the bride and her feelings on the wedding day, especially if a family member is stressing her out over an unimportant detail. If she’s feeling nervous, be a calming presence and remind her how special her groom is! Also please make sure she eats something before photos!

Help a Sista Out

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Throughout the day, keep an eye on the bride’s dress, making sure it’s not dragging through a dirty spot on the floor and helping bustle when it’s time for the reception. Bonus points for carrying the bride’s lipstick & giving her a touch up when she needs it.

Be Confident

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You may be camera shy, but know that the more you relax in front of the camera, the better your photos will turn out. Carry yourself like the queen that you are & don’t forget to roll those shoulders back to have good posture. During the processional, make sure to hold your bouquet with your hands right at your belly button. Most importantly, smile as you walk down the aisle! Let yourself feel the emotions of the day too – ugly cry, belly laugh, whatever you need to do – don’t hold back!

Toast Tips

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Aim for a three-minute speech—that sounds short until you’re standing in front of 100 people. First, establish how you know the bride. Then add something funny (but not embarrassing) and something sentimental.

Girl, you ready now! Have fun!

Cheers Babe Photo is a Wedding Photographer based in Los Angeles and available worldwide.

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