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Being a bridesmaid can be a whole lot of fun, but it can also be a whole lot of work. If you're a rookie bridesmaid, your biggest headache will be figuring out exactly what you should be doing and when you should be doing it. If you've been lucky enough to be asked to be in a bridal party more than a couple of times, this time around you might be looking for fresh ideas and inspiration for everything from bridal shower planning to maid of honor duties.
Whatever you're looking for, if you're looking for a little extra help in the form of a good read as you gear up for your bridesmaid duties, you need to check out these five resources STAT!
1. The Everything Bridesmaid Book
Author: Holly Lefevre
Available at Amazon, $9.91
Whether you're on the hunt for bachelorette party planning tips, wedding ceremony etiquette knowledge or just how to get through being a bridesmaid without being too stressed on the wedding day, this book can be your go-to manual for advice. It's also small enough that it packs easily, in case you need some quick intel at the bridal shower, the bachelorette party or even in the final days leading up to the wedding.
2. The Bridesmaid Guide
Author: Kate Chynoweth
Available at Amazon, $10.50
If you're looking for fun ways to bring modern-day traditions to your gig as a bridesmaid, this book will be your new best friend. You'll learn how to incorporate social media, see templates for bridal shower invitations and party games, plus have all your burning bridesmaid questions answered in one place.
See More: 8 Ways to Be the Best Bridesmaid Ever, According to Seasoned Bridesmaids
3. The Quintessential Wedding Guide - Maid of Honor
Author: Heidi L Holmes
Available at Amazon, $13.62
If you've been given the ultimate role of being the bride's maid of honor - or perhaps you started off as a bridesmaid and suddenly found yourself вЂњpromotedвЂќ - you may need a guide that breaks down the MOH role in even greater detail. This book will teach you how to be a first-rate maid of honor with вЂњflair, style and grace.вЂќ
4. The Bridesmaid
Author: Hailey Abbott
Available at Amazon, $7.99
If you're looking for a fun and sweet read, this fictional novel follows the story of a girl who is totally uninterested in weddings, but has been asked to be a bridesmaid at her sister's wedding - and she's scared her sister will turn into a massive bridezilla.
5. The Newlywed's Instructional Manual
Author: Caroline Tiger
Available at Amazon, $13.99
Though you're not the one getting hitched, it could still be a good idea to order this book. You'll learn some secrets to a happy marriage that you can share with the couple, and it could also be a good resource for bridal shower games or your MOH speech. Plus, you can gift the book to the couple after you've read it!
OhвЂ¦ and one more thing. (Shameless plug alert!) If you're looking for real-life advice about being a bridesmaid, I wrote a just such a book, called Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), that is full of my most memorable stories. I hope you enjoy it!
Jen Glantz the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire). She frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.