Advice from the Cast of Bridesmaids

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We asked the stars of Judd Apatow's new flick to share what they learned while filming. Want more? Find bonus tips from Melissa McCarthy.

5 Tips on Being a Bridesmaid

1) Do not offer any input on the bridesmaids' dresses unless you are asked. And if you are asked, anything that the bride wants is what you want. Got it? It's just one day—and besides, in certain light, a peach-chartreuse combo is gorgeous.

2) Be sure you look good on the big day—but not too good. I'm not kidding. You have to put in the time and effort for the wedding photos, but you should not look better than the bride, babe! It's her day.

3) If you start to get the feeling that your bride might be asking you to go a tad beyond the call of duty, be really bad at those tasks. I swear, she won't ask you to do them anymore. Use this trick sparingly. You do have to do some work, slacker.

4) Do not use the bridesmaid toast as an opportunity to showcase your own talents. It should be about the bride and the groom. Feel free to tell stories about how you and the bride met, funny times that you have had together, etc. Just be sure she emerges as the heroine in every story, not you.

5) Please be sure to tell the bride she's beautiful. This is one of the most important days in her life. And boy, does she look fantastic.

—Ellie Kemper, Bridesmaids Movie

5 Tips on Being a Bride

1) Be careful in that dress. Wedding gowns are heavy, and you may require the help of others to go to the bathroom. I've also learned it's probably not a good idea to run out into traffic while wearing one.

2) Don't be a bridezilla. [My character,] Lillian, is a "good" bride. She's the cool girl you want to laugh with who will also be there when your life falls apart. You can see by her diverse choice in bridesmaids that she's the kind of person who brings good people together.

3) Give your bridesmaids some input on what they'll wear. I like the idea of going to see the dresses together, not only because it's fun and gets the wedding train moving, but because everyone needs to try things on. We all have different bodies, y'all. I think the ideal situation is to pick a color and have everyone wear a dress that's appropriate for her body type.

4) Pick a dress your girls can wear after the wedding day. Let's be honest: bridesmaids' dresses are never cheap, so if you're paying for it, you'd like to be able to wear it again.

5) Eat something. If I had to give brides one piece of advice, it would be to have a good breakfast! It's gonna be a looong day.

—Maya Rudolph, Bridesmaids Movie

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