The chief bridesmaid is usually a sister or close friend of the bride. However, if she is already married herself or if the bride is a widow and is re-marrying, her title becomes Matron of Honour. She will liaise closely with the bride during all the wedding preparations and help look after the other bridesmaids, flower girl and page boys.
6 months before the wedding day
Discuss the plans with the bride, groom and best man
Discuss the dress or outfit with the bride, especially if being made. Ascertain who will pay for the outfit.
4 months before the wedding day
Help the bride to choose her dress and the bridesmaids dresses.
1 week before the wedding day
Attend the wedding rehearsal if required.
The day before the wedding
Collect any hired clothing and accessories.
On the wedding day
Ensure bouquets are ready for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girl.
Help the bride with her hair, make-up and dress.
Help the other bridesmaids, flower girl and page boys get dressed and give them any final instructions on their duties.
Leave for the ceremony 10 minutes before the bride.
At the church
Arrange the bride's dress and veil.
Follow behind the bride and her father up the aisle.
Hold the bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
Witness the signing of the register if required.
Leave the church accompanied by the best man after the bride and groom.
Depart for the reception with any other bridesmaids and best man after the bride and groom.
At the reception
Stand in the receiving line and greet the guests.
Help to display and record gifts received.
Distribute slices of the wedding cake to the guests.
Have the first dance with the best man.
Help the bride change into her going away outfit.
Take care of her dress and accessories if required.
After the wedding
Return any hired clothing and accessories.