Today our friends over at Wedding Prep Gals are here to help you figure out how to handle when one of your bridesmaids decides to drop out. It’s something we never hope happens but it’s best to be prepared if it does!

“You’re knee-deep in wedding plans. You’re figuring out dress fittings, bridesmaid gifts, jewelry, veil, and a million other details. Suddenly, out of the blue, one of your bridesmaids calls you and tells you she can no longer be part of your big day.

Emotions can run rampant, especially related to a wedding and relationships with the ones you love. Fortunately, there is a multitude of ways to cope with a bridesmaid drop out. Take a deep breath, let it go, and keep your face toward the sunshine.

There are a variety of reasons that someone has to drop out of a wedding; life happens. Cost, life events, date conflicts, added responsibility, and social factors are all causes for someone to re-evaluate their participation in a big event.

Try not to take it personally. People’s decisions are more a reflection of themselves than of anyone else. Know that your attitude determines your outcomes, and stand tall.

Stay Positive
The best thing to do when plans change is to assume there was a bigger reason for it and to keep moving forward. Your friend or relative probably feels terrible that she can no longer be a part of your wedding. Instead of being upset and starting a conflict, you might offer support and acknowledge that she needs to do what’s best for her.

Now What?
You’re down a bridesmaid. Do you replace her? Is that callous? Is it smart? The decision depends entirely on your particular set of circumstances. If you’re fairly close to your wedding and you’ve already ordered dresses, shoes, jewelry, bridesmaids kimono robes and that sort of thing, you might go without.

Having an odd pairing of groomsmen and bridesmaids is completely acceptable, and nobody will notice the little things like an extra name in the program. People are going to be focused on you, not on her absence.

Keep It Moving
Update anyone who needs to know about the change of plans, like a groom, groomsman who may now be stag, caterer, wedding planner, or other parties. Keep it graceful and let them know that due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be one less in the bridal party. No need to belabor the rationale with details.

Enjoy Your Day
Regardless of any changing plans, remember that the day is all about you, your love, and your person. Understand that this whole day will end up being a mere blip on the screen of life. Keep smiling and take care to radiate your love onto each person you interact with.

Losing a bridesmaid can be an upsetting experience. Take heart, and know that the show will go on. The day is bigger than just one person. Regardless of changes, your wedding will be the experience of a lifetime.”


Wedding Prep Gals offers robes for bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Grandmother of the Bride (or Groom), and more. Their satin bridal robes are made in the USA using high quality fabrics that aren’t see-through and a flattering design with an attached belt and an inside tie — so they keep up with you through makeup sessions and bridal party photo shoots! These are bridal party gifts that are fun as well as luxurious. Besides offering their original satin bridal robe design in a wide variety of colors, they also offer floral brides robes in a kimono style and luxurious cotton velour robes.