Post # 1
I am going to be my friend’s bridesmaid this fall. This is my first time as a bridesmaid and I’m wedding illiterate in general anyway.
I know I have to arrive early. But what about my boyfriend? Does he arrive early with me and then hang around awkwardly until the wedding starts, or do we arrive separately? He’s not “officially” invited but the bride said we are allowed to have plus-ones.
Post # 3
I’d have him meet me there. He should just show up as a regular guest, have a seat and see you at the reception. Trust me, he won’t want to be hanging around on the sidelines and the bride/groom might not want him there either.
Post # 4
Yeah, your bf will not want to be hanging around with you all taking pictures and getting ready. Have him go to the wedding with a group of your friends or your parents (if they are invited), and then meet him afterward at the reception.
Post # 5
Have him arrive separately. He won’t want to have to hang around by himself during wedding-party things.
Post # 6
I agree, have him meet you there. As someone who had to tag along for pre-wedding pictures at a wedding this spring, it got pretty boring and rather awkward! My fiance was an usher, but the wedding was half an hour away from my fiance’s house, and an hour and a half away from mine… and I would have been the only one staying behind. So I kind of had to go, and the bride and groom didn’t mind… But it was still rather awkward
Post # 7
When I was a bridesmaid I had been dating my Boyfriend or Best Friend for about 6 months. I had to be at the venue about 4 hours before the ceremony. Luckily my mom was also invited to the wedding, so they arrived at the ceremony together and went to the reception together. This gave him someone to hang out with.
I’d have him just arrive like a regular guest, and then head to the reception like a regular guest. If he doesn’t know anyone at the wedding try to find a way to introduce him to a guest (or another bridesmaid’s plus 1) before the ceremony. Guys don’t always care about having a friend, but it might help.