Being a bridesmaid is an honor and a lot of fun, but there is some work involved with the title so make sure you know what you are committing to before you accept.
There are always the well-known duties of standing in a row at the altar with all the other bridesmaids, wearing the matching dress. There is the day of beauty regimen for hair and makeup. Then of course you will need to run any last minute errands and favors for the bride, and don’t forget wedding day essentials like bustling the bridal gown, and other necessary help with a large gown.
The day of the wedding is not the only day of duties for bridesmaids though. There are also parties to throw. Bridesmaids these days tend to take over the bachelorette party planning and aunts or friends of the bride’s mother often plan a shower, but if no one offers, this too falls to the bridesmaids.
Of course as we travel and move further away, weddings more frequently include at least one flight for the ceremony, if not more for shower and parties. Then, of course there is the hotel room and possibly rental car as well. Keep this in mind as you are budgeting.
If you live close to the bride she might ask you to join her for appointments like cake tastings or dress fittings. These can be a lot of fun while supporting the bride, since cake is delicious and the bride will be grateful that you shared it with her.