(Closed) Personal Attendant…a must?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve never even heard of this.  What is this person supposed to do?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t think you do? How complicated is your gown?

My salon offered an attendant but they were way out of my budget and unnecessary since my cousin recorded a video of the bustling process.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I *loved* having my PA with me. It totally depends on your region/circle, though. Some people have never heard of personal attendants, but in my area it’s an honor position and very common/expected. It’s not a paid-position, it’s listed in the program under the bridesmaids.

Mine was a good younger friend (teen) who was awesome about keeping an eye on all the things I needed (she fed me, carried my make-up, helped me change, held the marriage cert. until we signed it, etc.). She had a bag with all of my goodies, and helped grab things I forgot, organized stuff and people, and was just there to give me a bottle of water when I looked frazzled, haha. The bridesmaids were all pretty busy keeping their own things organized and such, and I know my helper was a lifesaver on the day of. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@BetterSherm:  Our planner has an assistant that is supposed to help out with stuff like this too. I’ll really need him since my MOH will have an infant to take care of.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BetterSherm: The church we used had a coordinator, as did the reception venue. So the church gal took care of directing people when to walk, etc, and the venue coordinator had the staff ready half an hour after our wedding start time just in case people came early. From my understanding of PAs around here, it’s more of a family friend type of thing where they help you out with little things (had my shoes, helped me figure out the bathroom sitch (lol), ran to tell my mom when we were ready for pictures, etc). 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I never heard of this position before I was on WeddingBee. It’s not common where I live.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@BetterSherm:  Oh so like a day or coordinator.  yes we had a day of coordinator who we paid for her services. She had 4 assistants with her on the day of the wedding to basically run the whole thing.  One assistant was permanently assigned to me to make sure I had everything I needed, (lip gloss, drinking straw, fan, etc).  She was awesome. 

I guess we don’t have personal attendents in our area because I’d never heard of this and haven’t seen someone performing this function at weddings i’ve been involved in.  Sounds like a super not fun way to spend the day, (unless you’re getting paid).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

The one that VW offered is $150 an hour with a minimum of 6 hours. Holy crap!!! No frickin way. I guess it would make more sense if we didn’t have a planner or coordinator but eek.

 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My venue had a DOC for when we were there, but I had so many bridesmaids (6 of them) that she was almost unnecessary.  I think it kind of depends on your situation!  My girls were all willing to do whatever they could to help, so it worked out great for me.

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