Many of us have been there before. Your best friend or family member has asked you to stand up in her wedding. Standing up in weddings are fun, but that doesn’t mean your role is easy. Some bridesmaids get easily caught up in all the glitz and glamour frenzy that they forget why they were really chosen to stand next to the bride on her special day. Here is a simple list of things you should NOT do.

{ Complain within an earshot of the bride } 
When you sign up to be a bridesmaid you have to remember why you’re doing it: to celebrate your close friend or family member. Each wedding day brings with it many ups and downs and it is not your job to complain about them. Maybe you don’t like the schedule or the dress you have to wear, but it isn’t your day. The last thing the brides needs to hear is you complaining. Plain and simple just don’t do it.

{ Run Late } 
Planning a wedding is not as easy as it looks. The bride has a million and one things running through her head at once. As a bridesmaid it’s your job to make her life easier and that starts with being on time. It is likely that the bride has provided you with a getting ready schedule that way you know when to arrive. If you have trouble being punctual Flora Wu Ellis, CEO of Unveil Events, suggests that the bridesmaids set up a phone chain as a secondary wake-up call to alarms.

{ Forget your dress, shoes and accessories } 
Being a bridesmaid means that you have a lot details to remember. Do yourself and the bride a favor and lay out everything you will need the night before. When we say everything we mean everything: dress, shoes, hair pieces and jewelry you plan to wear. If the ceremony or reception venue has a secure bridal suite then take advantage of dropping off your things at the rehearsal the night before.

{ Mess with the hair and makeup schedule } 
Hair and makeup are two important things for the bridal party. If the bride makes a schedule and your appointment starts at 8:00 am then deal with it. Be punctual for your scheduled time. Trying to change your time with another bridesmaid will just create unnecessary chaos and confusion.

{ Post before the ceremony } 
We know it is exciting to play a special part in your close friend’s big day, but save the Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook posts for later. You may not know how the bride feels about people seeing her in her dress and such before the actual wedding takes place. You do not want to be the one who spoils the big surprise. Also, if you’re on your phone the whole time you are not taking in all of those special moments. Try to put the phone down and be present. It is likely that the bride hired a professional photographer and videographer to capture all of these moments. Leave all that hard work to them.

{ Forget to Dance! } 
Sometimes the dance floor can get a little empty. That is when you need to step in and help get everyone out of their seats. The bridal party can quickly fill the dance floor. You could event coordinate a special dance with the entire bridal party to get everyone going. At the end of the night the bride wants everyone to have fun. Make it your mission to have everyone join in on that fun so the bride will never forget it!

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