The Darling Nomadess: How to be the Best Bridesmaid (+Giveaway!)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to be the Best Bridesmaid (+Giveaway!)

Thank you to VersaSpa for sponsoring today's discussion.

This past weekend both of my younger sisters became married women! It was a crazy, insane, fun-filled weekend and thankfully, there were no wedding emergencies! Amiee celebrated her wedding on Saturday and Brittney's nuptials were Monday morning. If there's one thing I took away from this weekend was to really consider who you select as your bridesmaids, especially your Maid of Honor. They can make or break your big day! With a young bride, comes young bridesmaids who may not know what is involved in their newfound duties! Here are just a few things to do to help you be the best bridesmaid you can be!

Show up! Show up to as many of the pre-wedding events as possible. These events are important to your bride and she chose you to be there with her! Also, don't bail out early on the events that are important to the bride…like setting up the church for the wedding, the bachelorette party, bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, you should be at all of these events!

Be positive. A lot of things can go wrong leading up to the wedding and on the big day! Your positivity will be appreciated by the bride as she goes into fight or flight mode over the details of the day!

Offer to help. Some brides, like my sisters, wanted to completely DIY their weddings. There are lots of centerpieces, crafts, and various events to create and plan! Utilize any special skills you have to contribute to team bride! I ended up taking photos of everyone getting ready, crafting some decor, and doing hair and makeup!

In my natural habitat doing hair and makeup

Look good. The big day has arrived and you will appear in a billion and one photos. The bride will most likely be making a scrapbook of some sorts so she can reminisce on her day in years to come. Do your best to look your best for those pictures. The bride is doing hair and makeup trial runs leading up to the wedding and you should be to! Find the makeup that looks great on you and the hairstyle that works for your hair type. Bonus points if you get your nails done and head to your local tanning spa to get a spray tan!

For Amiee's wedding, all of her bridesmaids have a gorgeous tan glow. Then there was pasty-white me. To ensure I didn't appear ghost-like in Amiee's bridal party photos, I headed to my local Tan Pro USA to try out the VersaSpa spray tanning system.

I found it super easy to use as it had a guide inside the room on how to pose and when! At first, the color looks a bit splotchy but then evened out as the day went on. The only complaint I had was I wish I knew to apply A LOT of the barrier cream to the palms of my hands. I had applied it to my knees, ankles, wrists, and hands. While my knees and ankles turned out even in color, my palms and wrists absorbed it all and were so ridiculously tan. Thankfully, I my pageant experiences have taught me how to deal with these sorts of mishaps!

TIP: If you get streaks or too much color on your body when using a spray tan or self-tanner, apply lemon juice to a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball on the area you need to fix. Wah-la! Problem solved!

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Have you ever been a bridesmaid? What tips would you add to this list? 

With Love,


  1. I love the spray tan "oops" tip....that is a tip that everyone should know!

  2. I think it's best to keep your opinion to yourself unless you've been asked. I found that unsolicited advice could really ruin my good mood when I was planning our wedding.

  3. Ah I remember the lemon juice trick from Wedding Planner! haha These are all great tips!

  4. Great tips I always feel bridesmaids that have never been a bride don't realize all the stress a bride can be under and all the help and support really do help!

  5. thanks for these tips! I'm going to be a bridesmaid this weekend :)

  6. i love this post! i know i'll be a bridezilla one day, and I hope i can pick maids that can deal with that :)

  7. I've never been a bridesmaid before, but several of my friends are about to get engaged and were just getting to that period in our lives where everyone is getting married. I'm definitely going to pin this to look back on in the future.

    I have spray tanned once before and had a pretty good darn experience and would love to do it again.

  8. Great tips! I hadn't heard the lemon juice one before.

  9. These are some wonderful tips! I will be pinning this, since I will be a bridesmaid in a couple of years for my sister-in-law. :)

  10. I don't know if I could handle being a bridesmaid again. I've only done so once before. It was overwhelming to walk in a bridal store to make a purchase for a wedding that was not my own.

  11. Great tips! Having a bad bridesmaid is the worse for a bride on her wedding day! I'm back on bm duty soon, for my 3rd time! I actually kind of love it, but I'm a sucker for a wedding :)

  12. I have never been a bridesmaid, but I am sure the day will come. I don't know why but it makes me super nervous haha

  13. Definitely some great tips! I will be in a wedding next May and the wedding frenzy is already starting - definitely can't wait!

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  14. certainly some awesome tips here!

  15. Being a bridesmaid is so much harder than everyone thinks. It is so hard sometimes to remember that yes, you may not like what you have to wear or what you are doing for the Bachelorette party, but it's not your day! It's your best friend or sister's day, and you do what they want!


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