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You may have helped the bride cross the finish line with her own personal checklist of tasks, but right before you celebrate your bridesmaid duties coming to an end with an epic night of champagne toasts and your finest dance moves, here's a list of 9 things you should remember to do before taking your first step down the aisle as a bridesmaid.
1. Go to the bathroom
The ceremony can last anywhere from 30 minutes to close to two hours. Make sure you make a quick trip to the bathroom before walking down the aisle so you can avoid doing the "OMG, I have to pee ASAP" dance.
2. Stuff your bra with tissues
If ever there was time you could get away with doing this, now is it! You may find yourself shedding some happy tears up there at the altar, so come prepared with a tissue or two or you'll be ugly crying into the bridesmaid's hair in front of you.
3. Reapply lipstick
Put on one more layer of color since you may not get another chance to do so until halfway through the party.
4. Give the bride a sip of water
Keep her hydrated before she takes her first step down the runway of love.
5. Line shoes with Band-Aids
If you feel the blisters starting to sprout on your feet, line your shoes and feet with precautionary Band-Aids. It'll keep you comfy while you have to stand in them for the ceremony.
6. Eat a protein bar or take a swig of an energy drink
No one likes watching a sleepy bridesmaid standing up there at the altar. Plus, yawns are contagious.
7. Silence your mobile device
Leave it in your purse somewhere safe. Avoid taking it with you as you walk down your aisle. Avoid the urge to pull it out and snap a selfie mid-ceremony.
8. Help shake it off
When the bridal party is lined up waiting to enter the ceremony, encourage everyone to bust out their favorite dance move. This will help those nerves disappear.
9. Take a deep breath
This is the moment you've been waiting for. The one you spent the past nine months preparing for. Enjoy it. Remember it forever.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.