Confessions Of A Bridesmaid

So… have a mentioned that I have been a bridesmaid seven times? Yep, I said seven. Soon to be eight. I wear it like a badge of honor.

I’ve worn forest green, pale pink, sable brown, navy blue, cherry red, “chambord” (that purply color above),  and slate blue. I’ve sported velvet, satin, tissue taffeta, silk organza, satin jersey, and chiffon.  I’ve carried roses, lilies, calla lilies, roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and more roses. I’ve worn brown shoes, black shoes, silver shoes, white shoes, cream shoes, and pink shoes. I’ve planned bachelorette parties, organized bridal showers, arranged bouquets, done the bride’s makeup, done the mother of the bride’s makeup, held the bride’s dress while she peed, carried a tissue for the bride in my bra, given the maid of honor speech, picked out the first dance song, created slide shows, hidden the champagne from conservative family members, decorated a barn wearing a hair net to shield my coiffed hair from rain, fashioned a peacock-shaped fruit arrangement out of a watermelon and some skewers… and the list goes on. I could make a profession out of it (it’s actually what inspired this blog!) The movie 27 Dresses is sort of my life story, except I’m nowhere close to that number… yet. 😉

Honestly, I feel privileged to have been given this honor eight times over. I’m lucky to be blessed with two sweet sisters and many precious friends to journey through life with.

Mostly, being a bridesmaid is a blessing. Occasionally, it can be a bit of a burden – in my case only where my wallet is concerned. The journey from “will you be my bridesmaid?” to “I do” is often filled with silly moments, laughter, sentiments, stress, and occasional tears. It’s always an adventure.

This post is my intro to a new series called “Confessions of a Bridesmaid.” Partly to share some personal stories with you all (because I love doing that) and partly to give insight into the wedding world from the perspective less often voiced… that of the bridesmaid.

If you have any stories (the good, the bad or the ugly!) of your experiences as a bridesmaid, contact me! I’d love to hear (and possibly share) them. This should be fun.

Laura - March 22, 2012 - 2:44 pm

This is great series to start. Sadly the only weddings I’ve been as a bridesmaid are when my parents remarried. Awkward.

And by the way, you rocked all those dresses! ^_^

Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} - March 26, 2012 - 2:26 pm

WOW 7!! I have been a bridesmaid 4 times and a reader once. I have had a great time at all weddings, but I am not sure if I want to be one again. It is very expensive!! Now I just help people getting married 😉 Love this idea and can’t wait to see more!

bree [capitolromance] - March 27, 2012 - 1:56 pm

LOVE this idea Colleen! I am going to be one for my best friend’s wedding in August, so I kind SORT of relate. Though this is only my second time – seven!? wow!

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