When Jen Glantz reached out to me to do a guest post I jumped at the chance to hear a little of her wedding brain and what she has learned from being a professional bridesmaid. She is the brains behind Bridesmaid for Hire and best selling books All My Friends are Engaged and Always a Bridesmaid for Hire. This is what she learned and how she can help other brides.

There’s so much information out there from wedding experts and vendors about the best tips and tricks when you’re planning a wedding. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all of this information. Instead, brides need some place or somebody they can turn to for honest and often real-time advice. The best place for brides to get that is often from people who were recently married. My advice to any bride-to-be would be to ask a friend what they regret from their wedding and one thing they will never forget about their wedding day. That’s the best two pieces of advice to start off with.

A lot of people are scared that their bride-to-be friend is going to turn into a raging bridezilla and order them around throughout the wedding process. I have noticed that sometimes bridesmaids can get a bit out of control too, ordering around other bridesmaids and even the bride. It’s important that even if you are a type-A kind of person, that when you are a bridesmaid, you try to go with the flow as much as possible. That way the entire group can get along throughout the wedding process.

Before the wedding, a bride may think that she needs a long list of things to be present on the big day in order for her to have fun and be happy, but truly, most brides just need the people they love surrounding them, good music and food, and that’s all on the wedding day. So when you’re planning out your wedding budget, keep that in mind before spending a ton on flowers or even fancy table cloths.