Bridal parties are comprised of a pretty eclectic group of individuals. While they share the common thread of a relationship with you, the bride, they may have little else in common. They represent various stages of your life. You love them all for different reasons, because they have vastly differing characters. Look below for the ten personalities that are sure to arise in your bridal party and try to determine who is who!
1. The Flood Works
After you get married, some things are never the same. This bridesmaid continually thinks about all that will change after you get married. She sentimentally approaches every occasion like it you will never do it again, saying things like, “This is the last time we will eat at this restaurant before you are married” and “Next time we go to the beach, you will be a married woman.” She keeps a box of tissues nearby at all times.
2. The Veteran
She’s been through this before. She’s served as a bridesmaid in about four weddings, a maid of honor in at least two of them, and was even a flower girl multiple times as a child. This bridesmaid is happy that you have found your soulmate, but is unfazed by the aspects of weddings that tend to excite bridesmaids. As the rest of your bridal party anticipates your bachelorette party and freaks out over whether or not it will rain on your wedding, the veteran sits back with a knowing smile on her face.
3. The Planner
This bridesmaid takes the planning of your wedding into her own hands. She goes above and beyond in every aspect of the wedding planning process. She will pull together 30 swatches of potential options for your reception tablecloths. She’ll email you a PowerPoint presentation she created that outlines the pros and cons of an A-line wedding dress silhouette. Her needlessly extreme preparations come from genuine excitement for you and your big day.
4. The Life of the Party
This bridesmaid takes full advantage of the many festivities associated with weddings. She created a group chat titled “bridal PARTAYYYYY.” She thinks it’s appropriate to bring a bottle of wine every time you hang out, even if it’s not a wedding-related event. You appreciate that this individual ensures that your wedding is a celebratory event, but sometimes wish she would tone it down.
5. The Worrywart
This bridesmaid stresses about every aspect of the wedding. She is constantly bombarding you with questions: What if it rains? What if I don’t lose enough weight to fit into this dress? What if no one asks me to dance? What if there’s not enough cake for everyone? Even though she means well, this bridesmaid often forgets about the purpose and the focus on your wedding. While she makes you worry about things you never even thought of before, she also helps to ensure that every aspect of your wedding is seamless and prepared for every potential obstacle.
6. The Single, and Ready to Mingle
Weddings are both the best and worst possible environments for singles. The event is chock full of other singles, looking fine, having a good time, and infected by the romance of the day. The ready-to-mingle bridesmaid makes the most of this opportunity and is convinced that she will meet her future husband at your wedding.
7. The Photographer
Between the bridal party, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding itself and other various events, weddings are full of photo opportunities. This bridesmaid is sure to document every picture-worthy moment with her phone camera. She is constantly snapping pictures of food, decorations, and venues. She isn’t afraid to ask strangers to take group pictures of the whole bridal party. She will spend a whole hour deciding on an Instagram caption, after compiling suggestions from each of the other bridesmaids. While all this effort can be a bit overwhelming, you will have access to all the pictures you will ever need because of this bridesmaid.
8. The Comedian
You never knew there were so many wedding puns, knock-knock jokes, and riddles. This bridesmaid pulls out every joke in the book, sarcastically approaching even the most serious of events and tasks. She helps to relieve stress and maintain the right perspective throughout wedding planning, not allowing you to take minor struggles too seriously.
9. The Mom
This bridesmaid serves as the honorary mom for the entire bridal party. She is a bit older and wiser than the rest of the group and provides a foundation of moral support. She is a listening ear when you start to get cold feet. She is a shoulder to cry on when things don’t go as planned. She’s always prepared to whip out a Bible verse, quote, and general wisdom right when you need it most.
10. The Complainer
She thinks the dresses are horrid, the colors are ugly, and the groomsmen are annoying. And she lets everyone know exactly what is on her mind. She loves you and is genuinely excited for your big day, but has no filter when she dislikes something. Her brutal honesty is helpful in some parts of the wedding planning process, but sometimes you wish she would just keep her mouth shut.
You are bound to have some, if not all, of the above personalities represented in your bridal party. Try to determine which of your bridesmaids fit each of the above personality categories. Invite your bridesmaids to join in — use the topic for entertainment and to openly discuss the positives and negatives of their personality type. Enjoy!