A guide to your bridal party and why you need them by your side

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Picking the friends that you want to be part of your bridal party can be hard. You want them to be fun enough to organise a memorable hen party but responsible enough to keep things in check on the big day. A 2016 survey conducted by hitched revealed that brides have on average 3 bridesmaids by their side on the big day. But what are the different types of bridesmaids and what makes them so great?

The Waterfront Hotel, a wedding venue in Bedfordshire, has come up with this fun guide.

The social media addict

She’s always the person behind the tagged photos that appear online the day after a heavy night out and she’s always got her phone in her hand. Ahead of the wedding, this friend has been stalking the photos of her newlywedded Facebook friends to find some of the best suppliers around for flowers and décor. She’s set up a hashtag of your surnames after the engagement party and has been using it when adding photos of your wedding planning progress ever since – a perfect memory bank for you to look back on.

If you want a Snapchat location filter set up for the day, she’d be happy to help! You should warn her first if you’re wanting a private affair though because she’ll have your first dance on a live stream and will have Instagrammed your wedding rings before they’re even on your finger…

The organised one

One study revealed that there are 75 daytime and 101 evening guests that attend the average wedding. With all of these people, you need someone to help you stay organized on the big day while you mingle with family and friends. That’s where this bridesmaid comes in to help.

This bridesmaid is one of those people who just always seem to have it together. She bought you your own wedding planning book but probably used it more than you. This bridesmaid will be the first to make sure everyone is the right place for photos and gathering guests around the dancefloor for your first dance. Once the wedding day is over, you’ll wonder how you could’ve done it without her!

The serial bridesmaid

Don’t worry about anything — this bridesmaid has seen it all before! She can spot the warning signs of a wedding faux pas before they occur – perhaps someone at the party is getting too tipsy or she knows that two guests don’t get along and shouldn’t be placed together in the table plan…

She doesn’t bother you too much about where she should be standing or what the schedule of the day is, she can take a pretty good guess. In fact, you’re likely to be asking her some questions to see how other brides have done it. She knows the local suppliers that you should get in touch with, and the ones to avoid – an ideal friend to have around pre-wedding!

The cry-baby

This bridesmaid has been your bestie since birth and you rarely spend a few days apart. But can someone hand her a tissue? She’s ruining the wedding photos…
It started as soon as you got your hair done, she started to bubble, and after a glass of prosecco it just got worse… This bridesmaid is the one to consult when you’re trying to write your wedding vows – she’ll know all the right words to say. She’s definitely a valued member of your bridal party — just don’t spend too much on her makeup… 

The joker

For her hilarity and creativity, you should put this friend in charge of the hen do – she will organize a night that’s guaranteed to get your bridesmaids to know one another.
Some wedding breakfasts can drag with speech after speech, give your guests some entertainment! You should let your comedienne bridesmaid make a speech on your big day (or at least let her help write it) – she’s got the funniest memories to share and has a way with words that is guaranteed to make your guests giggle.

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