If one of your best friends is getting married in a far off, exotic location, and has asked you to be a bridesmaid, you are probably incredibly excited! After all, one of the only things better than being a bridesmaid is getting a fantastic vacation into the bargain! Of course, one of your duties as a bridesmaid is to help the bride cope with the stresses of the wedding and lend a hand wherever you can, and there are just as many things you can do to be a great bridesmaid when the wedding is far from home as when it is nearby! Here are some tips for being a good bridesmaid at your friend’s destination wedding:
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Look After the Dress!
One of the scariest things for many brides getting married at an unfamiliar location is that something will happen to their dress. They have gone to a lot of trouble to choose the perfect wedding dress and so the idea of it getting lost or damaged, or even just being too creased to look right for the big day can be a real source of sleepless nights for destination brides. A big way you can help, then, is to take looking after the dress off of the bride’s hands. This also means you can help her keep the dress a secret from the groom if she wants to – something many destination brides have to forgo out of necessity. You’ll be taking care of your own carefully chosen bridesmaid dress for the wedding anyway, so why not volunteer to handle the wedding gown too?
Keep the Other Guests Occupied
A bridesmaid has a key role in the wedding party, and so it is perfectly reasonable for you to take the lead in organizing things for everybody to do at the location or resort, such as where to eat and where to go for drinks the night before the wedding! You can also try and find activities to keep the other guests busy and help them get the most out of their trips – you have time to research this kind of thing and make arrangements, but the bride doesn’t, so it could be a great way to help her ensure her guests all have a lovely time without taking up her ‘bride time’.
Give Them Some Space After the Wedding
A destination wedding can mean a lot of great things but one aspect many couples who choose this kind of wedding say with hindsight was a negative is that they never get the same amount of alone time on their vacation as couples who have a traditional wedding and honeymoon do. Another way you can help them have the best wedding possible is to give them some space after the wedding to have some romantic time together, and to encourage other guests to do the same.
A bridesmaid can be just as big a help to a bride at a destination wedding as at any other, so make sure you look for ways you