What NOT to do as a Bridesmaid

Its wedding season.
Have you been asked to be a bridesmaid for a wedding?
My friend Rebecca has shared with me a few tips. 

If you are a female, you will probably end up as a bridesmaid in at least one wedding unless you live on the planet Mars.  Let me share some hot tips of what NOT to do.

NOTE:  I never, never would have done any of the below personally.  Nope.  Never.  Not me.  Uh huh. 

1.       When given the great news that you have been honored with the privilege of wearing a dark green dress that is less revealing than a nun’s habit, do not comment that at least the dress will make a great tree skirt at Christmastime.

2.       Do not forget where your adorable Christmas tree skirt came from lest your BFF comes over during future holiday seasons and sees…gasp!...said bridesmaid’s dress under your tree.

3.       Do not get pregnant 8 months before the wedding.  The dress everyone else is ordering in size 2 will have to be ordered for you in the size of “we don’t make that size, but maybe you can buy a second dress and we can take fabric from the second dress and sew it in.”  Yep, that size.

4.       Do not agree to co-plan the bridal shower with your BFF’s other friend.  This is a love triangle.  It will get ugly.  Instead, tell the other woman that she is so smart, so amazing, so crafty that the bridal shower will be much better planned in her inspired hands (genius that she is).  Then, write her a big, fat check for your half of the expense.

5.       Do not forget to RSVP.  Even though you spent your entire retirement on the dress, shoes, jewelry, bridal shower, wedding gift, and have plans to get your hair and nails done before the wedding together, if you forget to RSVP, your frantic friend will call you in a panic a few weeks before the wedding.  “You didn’t RSVP!  You are coming, right?”

6.       Even if you are the world’s pickiest eater and you know that the reception dinner will be something that you hate, and even though you will be starving from not eating all day, do not order a cheese pizza to be delivered to the head table at the reception dinner.  Other guests might come up to you and ask if they can have some of the slices.  This does not please the bride.  Trust me on this. Just trust me.

7.       Don’t dance at the reception like Elaine from Seinfeld.  Even though you’re just joking.  Maybe.

Do you have any other hot tips on what NOT to do?  Share them in the comments below!  I’d love to read them!  And be sure to follow me at www.sheshares.org.  If you liked this post, you’ll like my future posts on the She Laughs page as well!


  1. This was great! Can't WAIT to hear about your wedding, Aleks!

  2. I've not committed any of the seven dont's as listed above, but I did make terrible fun of MYSELF (and mostly my large bosom buddies, "the girls") that eventually resulted in my dismissal from the wedding party. The bride(zilla) and I were already experiencing friendship pains so the action did not surprise me much. What did surprise me, though, was receiving a four-word email three weeks PRIOR to the Big Day that read, "The wedding is off." So, the other lovely ladies did not wear their grape Skittle purple Satin one-shoulder shift dress either.

    You can read all about my BM experience here ---> http://nicoleandkevin.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/the-effect-of-a-post-about-expensive-boobs/

    I would like to point out: I am NOT from Mars. Thank you very much.

    Nicole @ Three 31

  3. Oh gosh: I have considered it an honor and a privilege to be good enough friends with enough people to get invited to their weddings, but not good enough friends to get a spot in the Bridal Party. I'm from Virginia.
    This post had me thanking my starts that I'm not good enough friends with anyone to get asked to wear some ridiculous dress and be a slave for the duration of the engagement. I had a bridal party of 1- my MOH, and she was pretty much granted free reign to do what she wanted when she wanted so long as she showed up in a navy blue dress :)

  4. This is GREAT! I would have to add: don't hurt your back and have emergency surgery ONE WEEK before the wedding. Yep - I did that! The bride and groom were SO gracious, and even planned to have a chair for me to sit in (I wasn't supposed to stand for more than 30 minutes at a time) for the rehearsal and ceremony. But they were definitely wigged out a little bit during that week!

  5. Haha, this is great! although I can't seem to get the part down about NOT getting pregnant before being in a wedding!
    I was 5 weeks postpartum in my sister's, 12 weeks pregnant in one of my BFF's in May, and will be EIGHT months at my friend's in November! Yay! ;)


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