As a bridesmaid, you pretty much have a front-row seat for all the wedding-day action. You'll spend the morning getting ready with the bride, watch her walk down the aisle, calm her nerves if she gets the jitters, see her say "I do," and celebrate the day away. When all is said and done, chances are there are a few things you wish she knew. Here, real bridesmaids share what they wish brides knew on the wedding day.
"I wish she listened to us all, although it's easier said than done, that everything was going to be perfect. I saw her stress out so much before her wedding day, especially the morning of, and everything was fantastic. I know it's hard for brides to relax, but hindsight is 20/20." —Tara, 28
"That after all the planning and last-minute wedding-day stress, she didn't forget to have fun and, most importantly, enjoy the first day of the greatest adventure she is about to take with her prince!" —Samantha, 25
"I wish that my sister knew how beautiful she looked on her wedding day, and how obvious it was how happy they are together. I know the photos and video captured the day, but not everything is always tangible or explainable. I'll always remember how she looked that day." —Elizabeth, 29
"I was a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding with my other cousins. I wish that on her wedding day, she knew how loved she was by every one of us. We don't see each other that often, and we're not really a mushy family—but that day brought all of us together to celebrate her and her husband's love, but also our family." —Ashley, 28
"I wish that her florist had told her that deep-red roses would bleed onto her white wedding gown if held too closely in the summer heat." —Erica, 29
"I wish that my best friend knew that her vision that she planned for came together literally picture-perfect—every little detail. She was a little anxious, as it was a destination wedding, which can sometimes be filled with some stressors and disappointments, but it was a perfect day." —Christine, 30
"I think I wish she had known to eat! Our pre-wedding pampering was champagne fueled, and before the ceremony she was a little tipsy. Luckily it was nothing that a quick sandwich and coffee couldn't fix." —Jessica, 31