They are the trusted partners of the bride during both the planning and the day of the wedding:
bridesmaids are becoming a more and more topical trend also for Italian weddings (oppure “…becoming a
trend as current today as has never been also for Italian weddings”), together with the well-established
tradition of having the daughters or the nieces of the bride as junior bridesmaids.
But what exactly is their task? And among whom are they to be selected?
To the bridesmaids is given the honour of being by the bride’s side during the big day, but not only! They
will have to advice, support and help her also during the preparations: the choice of the wedding dress, of
the make-up and hairstyle, maybe even the choice of the set-up and of the party favours will be their
But above all, they will have to calm down the bride-to-be in the occasion of the (several) moments of
breakdown…therefore, the bridesmaids are to be chosen with accuracy among the dearest and closest
people to the bride.
There exists no rule for this, it’s strictly a matter of personal choice.
In general, sisters, sisters-in-law, cousins the bride is especially close to are designated to be her
But not only: her best friends also, who are given the honour of having such an important role, will be the
perfect choice. What’s important, is that the bride totally entrusts them and decides to confide in their
crucial advice for her big day.
It’s always better not to exceed in the number of our bridesmaids, and the reason for this is that the larger
their number, the more difficult it will be to agree on the optimal suggestion to give to the bride!
To avoid such a “chaos”, the optimal number should be 4 or a few more, and better if in even numbers, in
order not to cause embarrassing situations in the formation of the procession that will walk the bride down
Another extremely important element to define is the arrangement of the tables during the wedding
reception: do not forget that the bridesmaids will have a prestigious placing in the hall, close to the
newlyweds and their parents.
You could even think about a single table for the newlyweds, their parents, the bridesmaids and the
groomsmen…who knows, this might result in a new wedding!
Hence, if you are planning your wedding and you would love to have your sister or your closest friends by
your side, ask them to be your bridesmaid: they will surely be really happy!