The Brides Guide to
Bridesmaids, Choosing the right Dress, Event planning and
Planning your wedding is not easy. Everyone has advice. Everyone
has an opinion. And that's just the people you know! If you were
to read just half the books, pamphlets, web sites, etc. written
in the last half-century about wedding etiquette and protocol,
you'd be reading and planning until your retirement! So how do
you choose whose advice to heed and what resources are most
Unfortunately, we can't help you with the first part of that
question: You'll have to wage your own battles with Grandma
Grace, Aunt Ellen and cousin George over the seating
arrangements. We can, however, point you to the most helpful
resources: books, magazines and web sites that tell you what you
need to know, not what you need to do. We restrict our
discussion to what we know best information and tips on
"managing" your bridesmaids. We refrain from telling you what to
do, because your creativity and imagination are what will make
your wedding celebration memorable. We'll just provide a little
help along the way.
As a bride-to-be, wedding chief executive and senior creative
officer, you'll be faced with a barrage of questions, comments
and suggestions from your bridesmaids. Your "staff" will look to
you for help, direction and sometimes even dispute resolution.
We hope that after reading this book, like a seasoned CEO,
you'll have the background, context and knowledge to manage your
bridesmaids effectively and easily. So, without further ado, The
Bride's Guide to Bridesmaids.
Although there is a tremendous amount of literature on how to be
a "good" bride, there is a noticeable lack of information about
bridesmaids. Even if you were a bridesmaid in another wedding,
did the bride explain to you what your role was, what she
expected from you, and where you could help? As a bride
yourself, you will find that establishing your bridesmaids'
responsibilities up front is the most effective way to be on top
of everything. Perhaps your biggest questions surround the
bridesmaid dress, fittings and finding the right fabric.
Whatever your questions are about managing your bridesmaids, we
can help you find the answers.
We open with a brief discussion of the bridesmaid tradition, and
then move on to modern day rituals, expectations and tendencies.
As we move from the past to the present, we'll lay out what you
need to know to run the show in the days leading up to your
wedding, including a detailed list of your bridesmaids'
responsibilities. Finally, we step into the future, outlining
the important information you'll need to organize your
bridesmaids and enjoy the wonderful celebration on your wedding