This National Bridesmaid Day, we asked you to submit your most heartwarming bridesmaid stories, and, holy cow, you all really came through! You shared stories of sisterhood, both biological and spiritual. You shared stories of strength, humor, laughter, resilience, and love. Your enduring friendships are a beacon for us here at Birdy Grey. It's the reason we do what we do.
We’re inspired that so many of you took the time to shout out your pals. So, without further ado, here are just a few of the hundreds of stories you all submitted for National Bridesmaid Day.
My MOH is my big sister, Emily! She is my best friend, my voice of reason, my role model. We can communicate with just a look — which drives our mom nuts! She hates not knowing what we’re saying. And we can make each other laugh even in the hardest of times. Emily has embraced my fiancé, Luke, as a brother, even asking him to officiate her wedding last September. Throughout wedding planning, Em has answered every random text about flowers, listened to every crazy idea I’ve had, and supported me when I stressed myself out. I don’t know what I’d do without her and I’m so thankful she’s my sister and MOH!!
My maid of honor has been my rock for four years now. She helped me get out of an abusive relationship and has been here for every step of me meeting and falling in love with my future husband! I can’t imagine sharing my journey with anyone else. I think she loves my fiancé almost as much as I do! 🤍
I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll say first that my bridesmaids are like sisters to me. I’ve met them at all different stages in my life, and they mean the world to me. It was a no-brainer who was going to stand by my side on the big day. My maid of honor has been there since high school. She’s a beautiful person with a big heart and has been my rock since freshman year of high school.
I’ve known my two bridesmaids since high school as well, and they have been through so much with me. My other five bridesmaids are my grad school family. When I left NJ to move to LA, I knew no one. Going to grad school at USC, I met incredible people that I can call family. I am so blessed for all of them. I care for them so much, and they deserve the world. I’m so grateful for them.
My bridesmaid Amanda has been the biggest cheerleader throughout my fiancé and my relationship since day 1. She has been the friend I needed in California, while my fiancé lived in Chicago. Long-distance relationships are really tough! I owe so much to her and her support for Chris (my fiancé) and I. It also means so much that she will be flying across the country to be part of my bridal party on my special day.
My wedding would not be complete without my bridal party. My MOH is my best friend Colleen. We met at three months old and have been best friends ever since, even though we only ever went to preschool together. We’ve known each other through every phase of life, and I know she will support me as I start my marriage.
I have been friends with my bridesmaid Nicole since the first week of high school. We used to have many “couch talks,” imagining how our futures would turn out, and now we are living it. I supported her through marriage and becoming a mom, and I know she will support me at my wedding.
I met my bridesmaid Kate through work 10 years ago. She is a special education teacher with a heart of gold. We love going to country concerts or taking trips to the beach, and she is a wonderful and supportive friend. My bridesmaid Dayna officially became my sister-in-law last year, but she has felt like a sister for much longer. She has been a close friend since the day I met her and a welcome addition to the family. I was a bridesmaid (or MOH) for all of my bridesmaids, and I know they will go above and beyond to support me through my wedding and to continue to support me throughout my life.
My maid of honor has been my best friend since we were juniors in high school, when we were big One Direction fans. These days we keep up that tradition by going to Harry Styles concerts together <3. In fact, we first saw One Direction together when they OPENED for Big Time Rush. That shows how old we are!!! 🥲 I love this queen so much, and I’m so lucky to have her in my life. We share the same interests in music, video games, and beer/cocktails, especially. I can’t imagine a better bestie!
On every bride’s wedding day, she wants her besties to stand by her side. While this still holds true for me, my girls, I believe, are the reason I am who I am today. My maid of honor is my sister. She and I have been through it all together. We lost our mom to colon cancer at the ages of 12 and 14. Our dad's grief was so bad that he turned to other ways to cope and left my sister and I to fend for ourselves. Being the older sister she is, she made sure I was always fed, always ready for school — and helped me with my homework. She kept me on track when she didn’t have to. To keep it short, I am simply honored to have Catherine as my maid of honor.
I will also have three of my cousins stand by my side: Nikki, Hillary and Haylie. These three, without probably even knowing it, have made a huge impact on my life. In my worst years in high school, they were there for me. They always, ALWAYS checked in on me. They took me out to eat, to go shopping, and other fun things, just so I wouldn’t crawl into a hole and stay in bed for days.
I truly don’t know where I’d be now if they didn’t do the things they did. Last, but certainly not least: my best friends Taylor and Daisy. These two have been my besties for almost 15 years. Really, they are my sisters. They know me better than I know myself. They’ve seen every high and every low. They cheered me on when I succeeded and pushed me forward when I failed. It’s not often that people stay best friends with people they met in elementary school, but I think God knew what he was doing when he put us all together. These women have changed my life. I simply could not get married without them by my side.
I don't think I would be the woman I am today without the wonderful humans I get to call my bridal party. Katie (my MOH) is the kindest soul I've ever met, and she inspires me with her strength and compassion in every situation. She has been my best friend, ride or die, shoulder to cry on, hype woman, and voice of reason for over 20 years now. We've grown up together and been by each other's sides since first grade. Katie has been the best MOH I could ask for, especially as I plan a Colorado wedding from Georgia. I cannot wait to have her by my side on my wedding day, just like I stood by her on her wedding day.
Rachael (a bridesmaid) is an absolute ray of sunshine embodied. We have also been friends for over 20 years, and she has seen me through the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Her smile is contagious and she brings positivity and reason to any situation. Her heart is kind and genuine. She is a fighter and fearlessly pursues whatever she sets her mind to. Rachael inspires me to be the best version of myself, no matter how hard it may be.
Kat (a bridesmaid) and I met as coworkers in undergrad. Our friendship has spanned seven years now, and we have watched each other grow as individuals through so many phases of life. It has brought me so much joy to watch her transition into motherhood, and we are sharing the wedding-planning process together, as we are both getting married this year. Her undying companionship, brutal honesty, sweet-times laughs, and the amazing adventures we've had together make me excited to have her by my side for the wedding day, as we each transition into this new chapter of our lives. I am so grateful for their presence in my life, and it is an absolute honor to have their support by my side as I commit myself to the love of my life.
I’m entering as a bridesmaid, and bragging about the bride! She’s picked an amazing crew, and I can’t wait to celebrate with the team. We are all so excited to wear Birdy Grey and look absolutely banging in some of the new styles coming out!
My bridesmaids are my rock throughout this, especially Jessica! We BOTH are actually planning our weddings at the same time. Mine is in October and hers is in September 😅. We are basically going through the process together, and it has been so helpful. Also, one other big plus is that we are both going with Birdy Grey for our dresses :). I'm so, so excited to see everything fall into place and can’t wait to see how pretty the dresses are on our big days.
I could definitely write a novel for each and every one of my bridesmaids and my maid of honor. But today I will be writing about my BridesMAN, my best friend Afiq. Afiq and I met in college through one of my bridesmaids, May. We were like three peas in a pod. I couldn’t get through college without them. Fast forward to seven or eight years later, I couldn’t see my wedding day without Afiq there beside me. Now, the thing is Afiq was a Malaysian citizen, so he was here studying and working in the US on student and work visas. During the wedding planning process, his status in America was unknown. We did not know if he was going to be able to renew his visa or if he’d have to leave the country. His visa was not renewed, and he ended up accepting a position and moving to Thailand a few months ago. Just last week, Afiq texted me that he got approved for a travelers visa to come back to America to be in my wedding! I am extremely blessed and thankful. I love my bride squad and I can’t wait to celebrate with them on my big day!
My wedding is in August of 2023. Unfortunately, my mom just passed away at 53 years old. Through this tough time in my life, my bridesmaids have been my rocks. Anything I needed, they were there and by my side. I cannot tell you how much my girls have done to be the stability I needed in an uncertain time. They even helped me with the decision to still have the wedding despite my mom not being here to make it. My girls mean the world, and they are the most genuine souls!
My MOH/bridesmaid squad is best described as the most badass and caring group of women around. My sister (MOH) is a product manager that has been working on increasing the safety features of Fitbit, so that women of all backgrounds can feel safer walking/running/being outside in their own neighborhoods.
Two of my bridesmaids are future physicians: One hopes to do critical care for kids and older adults, while the other is going to be a compassionate family medicine doc. These women have all made macro and micro changes in the lives of all that are lucky enough to feel their light. They inspire me to be my best self (a future ER doc) every day, and they offer an unconditional love and belief in my abilities that I have not always possessed myself. I loved getting a chance to brag about them here!
My maid of honor and I have been best friends since the eighth grade. We met on a Spanish class trip to Costa Rica, and have been inseparable ever since! Even after attending different colleges, and living in different cities for years, we have never lost touch or our special bond. Now we are both back living in the same city, our hometown. And what perfect timing for her to help me plan my big day! We even attended prom together, and I truly could not imagine my wedding day with anyone else standing by my side. She has always supported me and my relationship with my fiancé.
My other bridesmaids include my sister, my future sister-in-law, and a few of my close friends from college — truly just an outstanding and supportive group of women. I feel so lucky! We have already decided on a mix of the sage and sea glass chiffon bridesmaid dresses for my girls, a beautiful color pallet and selection of dresses. I'm so looking forward to my big day, and being a part of the Birdy Grey family!