Being a bridesmaid is an important role in a wedding. You are there because the bride trusts you and you mean enough to her that she asked you to share in the most important day of her life. That is a huge honor. But with that comes responsibility. A commitment to being by her side as much as you can during this time. You will be attending dress shopping, engagement parties, bridal showers, perhaps even helping in the planning of these events. You will be a part of the bride's main support system through out the planning process. You are there for her to laugh, vent and cry with. You are there to help her make decisions if she asks, and to give her an honest opinion. But most importantly, you are there to be the bride's friend, confidant and partner .
I personally love being a bridesmaid as much as I love being a wedding planner, and want to share my process of being a bridesmaid.I was first a bridesmaid for my cousin back in 2005. As I was only 15, and lived in a different state, I didn't have to do much other than show up that day! However, being in a wedding as a bridesmaid gave me a different perspective of weddings. Another push in the direction of becoming a wedding planner.
Then, in 2011, I had the opportunity to be a bridesmaid once again! Brittney and I met when she supervised me during my time as a lifeguard at Great Wolf Lodge. We got to talking one day and learned that we both had aspirations to be in the wedding industry. We have been together ever since as friends and fellow wedding professionals. I was so honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid, and so excited to have the opportunity to put my wedding planning skills to work! I was able to play a bigger part this time around as I was 21 (whoo!) and lived just down the road from Brittney. I attended the dress shopping with Brittney and her family, I helped prepare the DIY wedding invitations, and had so so so much fun while doing it. I learned so much from my time being a bridesmaid at Brittney and Daniel's wedding and it confirmed that being in the wedding industry was where I was meant to be.
Now, for my third round of duties, I am lucky to be best friends with the Bride and the Groom!! Jurrand and I met our freshman year of college at CNU and remained friends throughout our college career. I saw Jurrand meet, date and break up with several women before landing Carter. When I first met Carter, and saw the way Jurrand looked at her, I knew he had found the gal that was going to stick. Shortly after being introduced to Carter, we knew we were soul sisters- we just had too much in common! I was EXTREMELY excited when Jurrand told me his plans to take Carter to DC and propose. Shortly after the proposal, I also said YES to being a bridesmaid.
I will be documenting my duties as a bridesmaid this time around. We just knocked dress shopping off our list and I can not wait to tell you all about that. So, stay tuned for the rest of the "Reporting for Duty" series over the course of the next year!