Posted on June 9, 2014
So you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid, and while you are so honored, the prospect of participating is so daunting that you want to run for the hills.
The truth is that there is no shortage of extreme reasons that would prevent you from being a bridesmaid, but most of the time it just comes down to overall logistics and economics. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with turning down the invitation, but it’s a decision that should be handled with a great deal of thought and care. The last thing you want is the fear of spending $250 on a bridesmaid dress to be the reason why a friendship comes to an end.
Most brides will understand and realize that there is nothing gratifying about having someone participate in the festivities who doesn’t want, or can’t afford, to be there. The key is to respectfully decline, while outlining the reasons why and expressing your sincerest regret. Offer to participate in another capacity or to help with other aspects of the wedding. Unless, of course, you hate the bitch. Then just so “No, thank you.”
What reasons have you given for saying no to being a bridesmaid?