There should be a word that describes the honor, nostalgia, and excitement that comes from watching your dearest friends start their new lives. They all had endearing back stories that were incorporated into their respective weekends: one had known her groom since high school, another was finally ending a long distance relationship, and another had that Corey and Topanga meant-to-be feel from the beginning.
I was a bridesmaid five times and sang, danced, and spoke at each wedding. I'm so lucky to have been a part of these beautiful weekends. Here are some things I learned:
-Have tissues, bobby pins, and the bride's lipstick ready in a tiny kit.
-If the professional photographer isn't available, get photos of the bride and each bridesmaid while she's waiting for the ceremony to start. There's a good chance there won't be time to do that later.
-During that time, take a quick video of her and ask her how she's feeling. Send it to her a couple of weeks later as a surprise.
-It helps to rehearse a speech with a timer to make sure it doesn't run over 5 minutes (studies have shown that any longer is when most audience members become bored).
-The week of the wedding is often the most stressful for the bride. Call her and ask if she wants any help or just needs to vent.
-Get as much sleep as possible before the weekend!
-If she's overwhelmed, be the person who makes her live in the moment. Rely on other bridesmaids or her family members for last minute logistical issues.
-Have a couple of bridesmaids available to help the bride get un-ready after the ceremony. Everyone else will likely be eating or caught up with people and she'll need help getting out of her dress and unpinning her hair.