Most brides will want to have at least one bridesmaid with them on their wedding day. Bridesmaids, flower girls, matron of honour, gal pals; whatever you want to call them they can be an invaluable support for this very special day. It is lovely for little girls to have the chance to be bridesmaids, and it is an experience that they will probably always remember, but it is also a way to show your appreciation to your closest friends, by making them an important part of your day.
Choose your bridesmaids carefully and ensure that you explain their duties and your expectations, just in case it all seems a bit much. Some friends who you may be close to would be horrified at being in such a high profile role, so have a chat with any prospective bridesmaids before making your final choice, and don’t forget to take account of your budget. If you are planning to foot the bill for everything and expect to have the final say on the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses then make this clear, and equally you should let them know if they are expected to pay for their own dress or accessories, so there are no misunderstandings!
There are beautiful cards and little gifts to help you ask the question and most people will be delighted to be considered for the role. It is usual to purchase small gifts for the bridesmaids and flower girls so factor in this cost when you are choosing how many to have, as it can quickly get expensive with dresses, shoes, accessories, flowers and so on for each one. If you are having family members and friends who have not met each other, ensure that they can get to know each other in the run up to the wedding so they feel relaxed on the day, and you will have one less thing to worry about!