I finally got round to watching this film over the weekend with some friends and we couldn’t stop laughing as we all recognised ourselves in some way, shape or form.
I have been a bridesmaid 10 times (yes really) and have seen countless Brides make huge mistakes when it comes to bridesmaids and what they expect.
As with the film, Bridesmaids are all individuals and therefore throw up all sorts of unique problems. There are “fantastic bridesmaids” who are fun, caring and nothing is too much trouble to make your day great. There’s the “it’s all about me bridesmaids” who don’t care what you want as long as they have their choice of everything, the “doesn’t really want to be there bridesmaid” who only accepted because she couldn’t think of a good enough excuse and finally, but worse of all, the rogue bridesmaid.
The rogue bridesmaid will not turn up to appointments for fittings, will change all decisions at the last moment and then won’t care if she does a Gok Wan on her dress 10 minutes before you are due to leave for the ceremony.
So Brides please choose your Bridesmaids very carefully but, and this is really important, you have a duty to be realistic about your Bridesmaids capabilities. Don’t forget that on the big day Bridesmaids will need to be preened and photographed and will be nervous too – so don’t expect them to be able to complete a large to do list of extra jobs. They just won’t be able to fit it all in. Equally don’t expect your usually unorganised best friend to suddenly turn into a super task ticking fiend who can get your hen do sorted in three weeks flat and don’t make any of your girls pay for their outfits unless you’ve discussed this upfront when asking them to be involved.
Think carefully about what you want from your Bridesmaids and who out of all your loved ones will fit the bill. Pick Bridesmaids who will be totally reliable and above all help you have fun. It is after all what us girls are good at.
Research material and image: Bridesmaids: The Movie