Being a bridesmaid for the very first time can be equal parts exciting and terrifying. Where do you even start? If you're lucky, you can ask a family member or a friend about the process, hoping they dish out all of the details. But in case you're looking for a couple of extra resources to make sure your adventure as a bridesmaid goes smoothly, here are four we recommend you check out.
1. Bridesmaid Dress Sites— to rent, to buy, to sell
A big expense as a bridesmaid is the dress. But you don't have to buy it at the place the bride found it at. Take the style and color and look online to see if you can rent it, buy it, or even sell the dress afterward.
2. Gift Calculator
If you have no idea how much money you should give to a bride, when you're a bridesmaid, use an online wedding gift calculator. They will ask you to plug in information, such as the location of the wedding and how much you've spent so far, and then provide you with an estimate of how much you should give.
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3. A Wedding Planning Timeline
Even if you won't be involved in the wedding planning, as a bridesmaid it's important to know what is going on when. That way, when you're chatting with the bride, you can help her stay on track with the different wedding planning milestones she should be taking on each month.
4. MVP Bridesmaids
If you know someone who has been a bridesmaid a handful of times before, ask them to grab a coffee with you so that you can learn more about the overall adventure and hear some of their stories too.
*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.