Bridesmaids Guide for a foreign bride
I have a silly little question about bridesmaids
I'm from Germany, where we traditionally don't really have bridesmaids at our weddings and just one "witness", and I am getting married to my British partner in August (in England, festival wedding style).
I personally love the whole concept of bridesmaids, especially as emotional support on the day and hopefully for a little bit of help before the wedding as well. I have chosen 3 wonderful friends of mine as well as my sister, 2 of which live in Germany (sister and bridesmaid 1) and two of them live in London. The distance situation might potentially be a little bit tricky, as I'd feel really bad to constantly ask my German bridesmaids to come over to London for dress fittings, hen do, etc.
And that's exactly the problem I'm having right now:
1. I really don't know much about the actual roles of bridesmaids which makes me feel a little bit insecure right now, I have also never been a bridesmaid so I have no point of reference really as to how this all works.
2. I'm awful asking people for favours. I'm the sort of "do it all yourself" person because I don't want to put lots of work on other people and potentially piss them off. On the other hand, I also don't want them to feel left out and like they can't contribute anything to the wedding.
It would be amazing if a few of you could give me a little bit of bridesmaid education
What exactly is the job of a bridesmaid and what are the general traditions? What are good jobs to give to your bridesmaids, who pays the bridesmaids dresses, did you give your bridesmaids little gifts afterwards as a thank you?
It would be amazing to hear a few tips of what to look out for and I seriously hope I didn't make myself sound like I am a person with no human interaction skills, haha. I'm just learning, and at the same time I also have to somehow "educate" my two German bridesmaids about the whole thing who also have no clue
Thanks so much!!