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Are You a Bridesmaid? These Are Your Wedding Duties

Introducing the D Weddings ABCs of Etiquette: Sure, you can flip through Emily Post’s bible of good manners, but what do Dallas brides, planners, and guests expect when it comes to local wedding etiquette? Dallas wedding experts tell us how to graciously navigate every wedding-day situation.

Ah, the bridesmaid—a timeless tradition that shouldn’t have to mean stress and awkward situations. Molly Rasmussen of Pop Parties gives us a checklist of ’maid duties. “You should expect to have a financial obligation of somewhere between $500 and $1,000—maybe more if there is travel involved for the bachelorette or you live out of town,” she says. Wondering what’s not on your plate? “It is appropriate for the bride and her family to cover hair and makeup services for all of the bridesmaids and women in the wedding party,” she says. “If that is not financially feasible for the family, maybe offer to pay for one service and have the bridesmaids cover the other, depending on their total out-of-pocket already.”

‘Maids Orders: Your Checklist

  • Purchase bridesmaid dress and accessories
  • Split the cost of the bachelorette party with other bridesmaids
  • Attend engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding day
  • Purchase a wedding gift for the new couple

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