Although many exceed the minimum, the bridesmaids' required duties are very limited. They are required to attend the wedding ceremony and to assist the bride on the day of the wedding. Bridesmaids in Europe and North America are often asked to assist the bride with planning the wedding and a wedding reception. In modern times, a bridesmaid is also typically asked to play a role in planning wedding-related events, such as a bridal shower or bachelorette party if there are any.
The duties and costs of being a bridesmaid are parsed out between a bride and her attendants in a variety of ways. Since modern bridesmaids, unlike their historical counterparts, can no longer rely on having their clothes and travel expenses paid for by the bride's family, and are sometimes even told they must pay for parties that the bride wants to have before the wedding, it has become customary for the bride to present the bridesmaids with gifts as a sign of gratitude for the support and financial commitment that comes with their roles. It has become equally customary for women who are invited to serve as bridesmaids to first ask about the amount of time, energy, and money that the bride expects from them before accepting this position, and to decline or resign if this is more than they will be able to give.
How to dress your brides maids
Even though the bride is the one who needs to be the one getting all the attention, the bridal party needs to also look fabulous on your wedding day.
You do not want to look back 5 or 10 years back at your wedding album and wonder what the heck are people wearing on my wedding day? Or they were so disappointed or uncomfortable with their looks that they are all frowining and just looking miserable.
Today more and more brides maids are wearing different designs on their dressses unlike before when you all had to match your outfits. Therefore it is important to have them dress in styles, cuts, and materials that suit their body types, shapes and even skin tones if possible.
Do not force them to wear designs that you have picked just because it is your wedding and anyway they are the ones who will be paying for the expenses of those dresses so let them have a good time trying on different outfits to chose their best.
Keep in mind that they are representing you and will be a reflection of your tastes and choice of designs and colors of the dressess.
Your wedding colors and themes are also important when selecting your maids' dressess. Make sure that they do not clash or overshadow the deco with designs or colors that really do not go with your chosen theme.
The same goes for shoes and hairstyles, ensure they are appropriate, comfortable and not too crazy.
Peruse through the many wedding magazines and you will find a wide selection of colors and designs for your maids, the rest is up to you to decide on what is best for your big Day!Editor: fashion geek