Different types of bridesmaids and why you need them around

So you're engaged and starting to make plans for your big day, but who do you ask to be your bridesmaids? Deciding on your bridal party can sometimes be difficult. You will want your bridesmaids to be responsible enough to organise a memorable hen do for you, but fun enough to keep you smiling and your spirits high during a time which is going to get a little stressful. A 2016 survey conducted by hitched revealed that brides have on average 3 bridesmaids by their side on their wedding day, but what are the different types of bridesmaids and what makes each of them so great?

We have teamed up with The Waterfront Hotel, a wedding venue in Bedfordshire, to bring you this light-hearted guide.

The organiser
With 75 daytime and 101 evening guests attending the average wedding, you need someone to help keep things in check on the big day whilst you mingle with family and friends. This is when an organised bridesmaid is a good person to have around!

She’s one of those people who is naturally organised — she bought you your own wedding planning book but probably used it more than you. This bridesmaid will be the first to make sure everyone is the right place for photos and gathering guests around the dance floor for your first dance. Once the wedding day is over, you’ll wonder how you could’ve done it without her! She's fab.

The emotional one

She’s been your best friend for years and you love having her by your side. She's all emotional and has probably cried more than both sets of parents combined...

As soon as you stepped into your wedding dress her eyes started to fill up and it continued from there. This bridesmaid is the one to consult when you’re trying to write your wedding vows – she’ll know all the right words to say. She’s definitely a valued member of your bridal party — just don’t spend too much on her eye makeup, it won't last long anyway…

The comedienne

Let this bridesmaid come up with the theme of the hen do, she’s creative and hilarious and will organise a night that’s guaranteed to get your bridesmaids to know one another.

Although some brides tend to want the speeches at the wedding breakfast to be romantic and a bit soppy, the guests want some entertainment! You should let your comedienne bridesmaid make a speech on your big day (or at least let her help write it) – she’s got the funniest memories to share and has a way with words that is guaranteed to make your guests giggle.

The expert

She’s a serial bridesmaid and has seen it all before. This bridesmaid can spot the warning signs of a wedding faux pas before they occur – perhaps someone at the party is getting too tipsy or she knows that two guests don’t get along and shouldn’t be placed together in the seating plan.

She doesn’t ask much about the day as she’s well aware of what’s coming next; in fact, you’re likely to be asking her some questions to see how other brides have done it. She knows the local suppliers that you should get in touch with, and the ones to avoid – an ideal friend to have around pre-wedding!

The queen of social media

She’s been stalking the photos of her newlywedded Facebook friends to find some of the best industry professionals around for flowers and d├ęcor. She’s set up a hashtag of your surnames after the engagement party and has been using it when adding photos of your wedding planning progress ever since – a perfect memory bank for you to look back on. Double tap for her efforts!

This bridesmaid will set up your very own Snapchat location filter and will encourage all your guests to get involved. You should warn her first if you’re wanting a private affair though because she’ll have your first dance on a live stream and will have Instagrammed your wedding rings before they’re even on your finger…


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