Duties of a good bridesmaid

Help her narrow choices for decorations and favors. Also, make sure the decorations are in on time for the wedding, shower and bachelorette parties.

Pre-wedding duties

• Help her narrow choices for decorations and favors. Also, make sure the decorations are in on time for the wedding, shower and bachelorette parties.

• Pick up the bridesmaid dresses in a reasonable amount of time in case of additional fittings.

• If the groom is not interested in registering for gifts with the bride, offer to accompany her.

• Devising a seating arrangement can be a difficult process that you can help with. Draw out the tables and move people around until you have a close-to-perfect fit. Bring this drawing to the wedding just in case there are any mix-ups.

• Be a good communicator. Friends will appreciate if you help confirm plans for showers and parties as well as wedding-day information.

• Help where needed during the rehearsal dinner. Many times the bride, groom and their families are pre-occupied and forget about things, which is where you can save the day by being supportive.

• If you have good penmanship, volunteer to help address the invitations.

Wedding day duties

• The bride may want privacy on the big day. Take a minute and ask her if she needs some quiet time.

• You may be asked to be a witness in the signing of the marriage license.

• Before walking down the aisle, take a few deep breaths. Remember to walk slowly.

• Keep your eyes open for the unexpected, such as a vase of flowers falling over. If you are close enough, fix what needs to be fixed so the bride, groom and their families can focus on the ceremony.

• Take lots of photos. Share them with the couple after the event.

• Ask if the bride needs anything, such as food or water, all the way up to when she walks down the aisle.

• Provide moral support. Be a good listener throughout the process.㪒

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass