There are some highs and some really unexpected lows to being a bridesmaid. One moment you're on one hell of an emotional high, the next it will totally suck - yeah, your moods can get pretty irrational.
But when things get a little tense with your demanding bride, we've got one piece of advice: smile and nod, it's your duty... and make sure she never EVER knows if you're pissed off.
So if you've been asked to be a bridesmaid, here are the stages you need to be prepared for...
1. You find out she's engaged
You finally get 'the call' - cut to you squealing down your phone for 10 straight minutes.
2. The paranoia sets in
It's been like a month already, did all those drunken talks about being her bridesmaid mean nothing?!?! What if you're not even invited. Shiiiiiit.
3. You find out YOU ARE A BRIDESMAID
More squealing. More crying. You didn't know you could feel these kinds of EMOTIONS.
4. Then there's the drah-mah
Your friend phones to say she's not been asked.... You've suddenly got reeeeeally bad signal.
5. The 'Bridesmaids' Facebook groups start
You'll start to despise the words "OMG I'm SO excited" more than you'll ever know.
6. You begin dress shopping
You'll L-O-V-E this. So much pastel, so little time.
7. Yah, you're DONE with dress shopping
Two hours in there's been tears, tantrums and a whole lotta body shaming. You quickly become aware that finding something that fits you all perfectly - juuuust ain't gonna happen.
8. You weigh up the competition
You come to accept there's no way in hell you'll look as hot as her 6ft blonde bombshell of a sister.
9. But then... You find the dress
And remember why you loved dress shopping! Yay!
10. The bachelorette party emails start rolling in
Phew - you're glad someone's taking the lead...
11. Then the joy fades. Fast.
If you get one more email about freaking goody bags you'll lose your sh*t.
12. Things start to spiral
Burlesque class? Life drawing? Spa day? GLEE dance class? Nights out... AND stripper?
13. Aaaaaaand it starts to get expensive
Whoever decided a bachelorette party needed to be the WHOLE weekend needs to be shot.
14. Then you go and...
BEST. WEEKEND. EVERRRR.
15. You get the Pinterest 'Wedding Inspiration' board invite
And it's the best distraction you will have in your life for a long, long time.
16. Then comes the backlash
Why isn't this MY wedding!
17. You get sick of the ENDLESS craft talk
Who wants to get married now?
18. You notice there's a lot more to pay for than a dress
Do you pay for your shoes/manicure/bag/hair? Does she? How much does this stuff cost exactly?
19. You realise you've officially spent your savings on this wedding
Yep, that vacation in September - NOT gonna happen.
20. Then you remember the present...
You're faced with the dilemma of getting the cheapest thing you can get that 'means something' or selling your house.
21. You get enraged
Does she even KNOW how much you're spending on her?!? UGH!
22. Then you get to the rehearsal
And all rage disappears and you remember the reason you were excited in the first place; Love!
23. The big day finally comes
And it was totally perfect. You love your bride so much. Thank god she made you a bridesmaid!
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