Calling All Bridesmaids! Be Prepared for Your Duties!!

Bridesmaid Fun and What That Means When You Say “YES”

View More: When a bride asks you to be a part of her big day, it is an honor!  That means you have probably been a big part of her life along the way.  Do your homework and know what you just said yes to. A bride wants her closest friends to be next to her as she says I do!

The bridesmaid is an integral part of any wedding, on hand to comfort, console, multitask, and party hearty at all bridal events. Whether it’s your first bridesmaid gig or your 50th, here’s a cheat sheet of your to-dos.

  • Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Try to be specific when you volunteer. For example, say, “Would you like me to help you shop for bridesmaid dresses/stuff invitations/pack for the honeymoon?” instead of just, “What can I do?”
  • Scout out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other wedding accessories. Pay for the entire ensemble. (Break in your shoes before the wedding day — that will minimize slipping, blisters, and aching tootsies.)
  • Help to plan, cohost, and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party with other bridesmaids.
  • If the maid/matron of honor isn’t already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes); maintain RSVP lists.
  • Attend the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. (Keep abreast of all pre-wedding parties, and go to as many as possible.)
  • Run last-minute errands.
  • Stand in the receiving line at the bride’s request.
  • Serve as auxiliary hostess at the reception by introducing guests, making sure they know where the bar is located, and inviting them to sign the guest book.
  • Hit the dance floor when the music kicks in. Dance with groomsmen during the formal first-dance sequence. Also, be on the lookout for toe-tapping guests who might need encouragement and/or a dance partner.
  • Give the matron/maid of honor a break by helping to carry the bride’s wedding gown train whenever necessary. Bustle the train before dancing begins, and be ready to help fix it if it comes unhooked. Accompany the bride on visits to the restroom, if asked.
  • Purchase a wedding present perhaps with one or several of the other bridesmaids. This provides more buying power, and two heads are better than one when it comes to wedding gift ideas. Sometimes the entire bridesmaid troupe pitches in for one knock-her-socks-off wedding gift.
  • Be a trooper, no matter how stressful the ordeal becomes. Try not to complain about the bridesmaid dress — even if the color is horrendous. Be gracious and tactful.
  • Provide plenty of emotional support during the planning and on the wedding day.

Great Tips provided by: The Knot

The Secret of Gardens

Elegant Garden Reception


Surround yourself with luscious greenery, blooming flowers, lush landscape, soft evening lighting, candles,  and twinkling lights. From the west coast to the east coast, garden weddings and receptions have become the must have for brides. The Hazlehurst House accommodates brides of all budgets in a lush outdoor setting with the comfort of inside options.

Elegant Garden Wedding

Elegant garden reception, at The Hazlehurst House

For the bride who wants to maximize a floral and décor budget, selecting a venue that has lush landscaping can save thousands!!!  Pairing simple and natural centerpieces with lush outdoor gardens is a smart way to utilize a floral budget.

Wedding Cake, Elegant Garden Wedding

Under the arbor can be utilized as a ceremony location, at The Hazlehurst House.

Elegan garden reception at The Hazlehrust House

Elegant garden reception in late April.

Garden Weddings

The Garden Wall in full bloom. Makes for the perfect ceremony location at The Hazlehurst House

The Hazlehurst House Gardens

Picture Perfect. Beautiful Bride surrounded by a lush garden!

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