After the bride has carefully chosen the style, the fabric, or even just the color of the bridesmaid dress that she'd like you to grab onto and wear as you stand beside her as she twirls around her fiancé, it will be your task to head to the store and try it on. So before you step foot in that polyester or chiffon gown, make sure you come prepared by bringing along these 5 things.
1. Bra options
Since you're not sure how the dress will fit, bring along a couple of different bra options to see which one is most comfortable and works best with the dress.
2. A bag of shoes
The bride may ask you to pick up a special pair shoes that are a certain style or color, but for now, bring a few different shoe options to try the dress on with. That way, you can give her a heads up on what shoes you think work the best with this dress.
3. Your make up bag
Since on the day of the wedding, you'll be all dolled up with a face of makeup and your hair pinned back, you can jump forward into how the dress will actually look on by splashing on some lipstick and blush when you go to try the dress on.
4. Your credit card
Most bridesmaid dress stores will ask you to purchase the dress many months before the wedding, since it takes some time for them to order it, so come prepared with your credit card in case you're ready to purchase the dress on the spot.
5. A good attitude
Even if you're not madly in love with the dress the bride has picked out, attempt to be positive about it. Go in there knowing you can add your own splash of personality to the dress with makeup, accessories, and even an evening bag.
*Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of *Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author ofAll My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.