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#sisterofthebride: Bridesmaids duties every sister of the bride should complete for the wedding!

Your sister is someone you definitely want by your side as you plan to tie the knot and more so on the big day. But it’s not all about taking cute pictures and giggling and gossiping during the functions, the sister of the bride has A LOT of work to do!. Imagine her smearing her wedding lehenga with an ice-lolly just moments before her nuptials or she getting cold feet about her career and the guy right on the wedding day itself?! Whom do you think she will be sharing all the honeymoon destination ideas with? That is why your job as a bridesmaid is all the important.

We asked some #sisterofthebrides as to how they calmed the bride and what duties they thought would be appropriate for them when their sister ties the knot in the coming months. And have created a checklist of sorts to help you be well prepared and most of all be there for the bride in the days running up to the wedding, during the wedding celebrations and on the wedding day itself!

Before the wedding

  • Go to all bridal exhibitions and shopping fairs with her (take pictures!)
  • Create a Pinterest board along with her. Also, a Whatsapp group with super close friends to help out when needed.
  • Attend vendor meetings along with her so that when she is panicking later, you have a hold on things
  • Throw her a bachelorette party! (The best part)
  • Smile, agree, smile, nod, throw in an opinion, and if it’s shot down, move on. As opinionated as you may or may not be, you are there to play the supportive, open-to-the-bride’s-crazy-ideas, role. Be honest but don’t push it.
  • Keep an emergency kit ready with makeup essentials, a sewing kit, clips and pins, tissues and also a miniature of tequila!
  • Call up all makeup, hairdressers and bride-related vendors one day prior to the ceremony to re-check appointments.
  • Create a strategy on how to rob the groom’s shoes! (The most fun!)
  • Apply your mehendi one day prior to the actual function so your hands are free.
  • Make sure there is at least one person with her during her mehendi application as she will be unable to do anything that day. From scratching her nose to feeding her food. You could be that person too.
  • Make sure you dance your ass off and be the super star from the bride’s side!
  • Keep her makeup + outfits +jewellery ready for all occasions. Keep the keys to the room + jewellery safe with you at all times.
  • Hold the bride’s phone, know when to give her that call or answer it yourself!

On the wedding day

  • Be a Micro- Manager – Why is the make-up person not here yet? Why is the blouse not fitted? Resolve all these mini-crises! Keep a tab on time, make sure the bride’s up on time!
  • Help her Pee!!! She can’t do it by herself on the wedding day
  • Get ready before everyone does so that you are there for the bride from minute one!
  • Keep all vendor info with you; keep a power- bank, your phone and the bride’s phone with you.
  • Keep the bride cool and collected and also the parents.
  • Always keep an eye on the clock, making sure everyone is fed, dressed and where they need to be on time.
  • Be near or in the mandap with the bride. Help make adjustments as needed, whether it’s placing the dupatta just so for the ceremony, adjusting the cancan in the lehenga for photos or dusting off extra kumkum.
  • Arrange for all the luggage to be transported wherever need be. Wedding night bag in the room and rest of the bags to her in-laws house.
  • The bride is likely going to be running all over the place chatting with guests and catching up. Keep an eye on her throughout all functions and make sure she takes some time to eat, drink, and catch up with her new spouse!
  • Be the punching bag – be there to listen and let her vent her frustrations without judgment or argument. And the butler – the bride will need things, and the closer you get to the wedding day, the more things she will need. You will fetch them. You will do it with a smile on your face.
  • Right from the outfit she will slip into after taking off the lehenga to the matching jewellery, basic makeup products, her phone’s charger, and simple footwear – put it all in a bag carrying essentials for the next day.

Remember girlies, the wedding day requires you to be not a sister, but a bridesmaid- helping her in the most odd or the tiniest errand. But do not get worried by the impending chores and forget to dance your night off as well throughout the wedding festivities.

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