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The Joys of Being a Bridesmaid

One of the best parts of being a bridesmaid is the time leading up to your best friend’s wedding. Often seen as the most important day of a woman’s life, it’s no surprise that brides strive for a perfect, and memorable experience for everyone. And the driving force behind the process? The bridesmaids. To a bride, heroes wear matching chiffon to conquer the overwhelming details and priceless memories of creating a wedding that will keep the guests talking for years. Here, we break down some of the most quintessential and amazing experiences of being a bridesmaid.

Adam J. Clark Photography


No matter the situation, it’s always vital to have someone we can genuinely rely on. As the most dependable woman in a bride’s eyes, a bridesmaid can be assigned anything from little tasks to stressful requests. Whether it’s babysitting the photography crew or being emotionally available for the bride, the responsibilities of a bridesmaid can alleviate a tremendous amount of stress and ensure the perfect day for the bride.

Cassie Xie Photography

Partners in Crime

Whether it’s the bachelorette or bridal showers, planning events can be stressful for everyone, and almost any professional bridesmaid knows that prepping Cinderella for her big day is no easy feat. However, on top of booking flights and assembling decor themes, wedding preparations can be made fun by spending quality time with the bride and accompanying her to wedding expos to spark some gorgeous inspiration for the big day.

Ryan Greenleaf Photography

Let’s Play Dress Up

From pastels to jewel tones, the bridesmaid dresses can be the finishing touches that pull the color palette together. Whether the bride chooses to go with bold or soft, taking a trip to the bridal salon with the crew is one of the most exciting and fun experiences. While not all the colors and fabrics will meet everyone’s needs, with patience and collaboration, every bridesmaid will be saying yes to the dress.

Sweet Bay Photography

Can I Get a Witness?!?

While nominating swatches of silk and chiffon can be exciting and all, being able to witness pure love and bliss is probably one of the best parts of being a bridesmaid. In fact, it’s the type of love you can actually feel a strong personal connection with. Admittedly, we’ve all dreamed of our wedding days with our best friends ever since childhood, and finally getting to celebrate this prime milestone with your best friend feels almost unreal until you reach the altar. Words just can’t describe the power of nostalgia and tears a bridesmaid feels.

Hazy Lane Studios

Being Asked is a Huge Honor

Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned bridesmaid, two of the most relatable yet beautiful emotions for a bridesmaid are prestige and honor. The bride chose you to stand by her side as she takes her vows and begins a new chapter in her life. Nothing is more genuine than the relationship between a bridesmaid and the bride, especially when it comes to easing nerves, reminiscing about old times, and making the journey towards holy matrimony.

Green Vintage Photography

A bridesmaid’s presence is paramount to the bride. When something goes unexpectedly, or the pressure builds up, the bridesmaid will always be there to stand by her side. As a bridesmaid, you go through so much to ensure the perfect day for her, which is the most assuring feeling for a bride. Just remember, one day you will be the one at the altar and she will be there by your side. The journey is all about investing in life’s vital experiences, so have fun with it and enjoy the endless memories with your bridal party!

Katie White Photography

"We loved our wedding at Elliston! Our event coordinator Madeline was AMAZING. On the day of the wedding food was actually better than our menu tasting!! The staff was amazing and made sure everyone taking portraits after the wedding got a chance to try the hors d'oeuvres. So the venue is beautiful, the staff were very responsive, polite and easy to work with, food was great, and to top it off it was one of the most affordable bay area wedding venues. I want to make a shout out to Madeline who was beyond amazing on the day of. If anything went wrong, I didn't hear about it. She was always easy to get a hold of and on the day of placed all my decor perfectly. I even left placement of some stuff up to her and it turned out great! I can't recommend Madeline and Elliston enough." - Pam & Ian - June 24, 2017