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Bridesmaids: The Bridesmaid’s Bill of Rights

Here are your own laws to live by…

Photo: Meghan Doll Photography, Minneapolis

-You have the right to freedom of speech -- sort of: If asked by the bride whether you like something, you may respond honestly. If not asked, you must forever hold your peace.

-You have the power to act with the bride’s best interests in mind. If a troubling situation arises, you have the authority to direct the photographer, bounce rowdy guests, or ask the DJ to cease playing "Macarena."

-You have the right to weigh in on your dress. You also have the right to hope with all your heart that the bride chooses one that you find less than terrifying. However, in the event your dream does not come true, you have no right to complain for a single second.

-You have the right to veto cruel and unusual underwear: a Wonderbra that gives you porn-star cleavage, Spanx that cut off your circulation, panty hose the color of a bad sunburn.

-You shall not be forced by the bride to permanently alter your appearance for the sake of looking good in the wedding pictures. This includes, but is not limited to, dyeing your hair, removing tattoos, or getting a nose job.

-You have the right to call it quits on assemble-400-DIY-favors duty, but only after putting in enough hours to make your glue-gun-hand hurt. Don’t forget, the bride needs your help (and she also considers these things "fun").

-You have the right to keep your other job, your other friends, and, yes, your other interests while undergoing your tour of duty. While your loving bride may occasionally forget this important fact, you will remind her nicely.

-You are relieved from your duties after the bride and groom head out on the honeymoon. If you want to do more, you can. But technically, you’re free at last!

Bride……………………………………………………………..X
Bridesmaid…………………………………………………….X





Excerpted from The Knot Bridesmaid Handbook