Choosing your bridal crew can be tricky – so take a leaf out of our generational guidebook for insight into your potential attendants’ personalities.
Born between the late 1960s and 1980, Generation Xers are open-minded and tolerant. They’re also the first generation to really experiment and find success with technology.
Who she is: Famous Gen Xers include Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham.
The good: Generation X women are independent, resilient, adaptable and have a can-do attitude. They’re fun, quick-witted and artistic, and renowned self-starters and independent thinkers.
The bad: This generation can be impatient, blunt and a little cynical.
The bridesmaid: The Generation X bridesmaid is highly adaptable and won’t be stressed out by any change in plan. She’s dependable and loyal and will have your back; you know that when you give her a task she’ll put her all into it – and her own spin on it. On a bad day, Generation Xers have a tendency to see the glass as half empty, so keep her updated with all the fun aspects of your wedding planning so she feels involved and inspired.
Best tasks for a creative Generation X bridesmaid:
• Advice on your flowers – colours, varieties, arrangements
• Sourcing vintage pieces for your table settings and devising ideas for what to pair them with
• Liaising with suppliers, especially on your big day when you’ll have more pressing concerns
• RSVP follow-ups – she’ll handle them with aplomb.
Gen Y and the Millenials
Born between 1980 and the new millennium, Gen Y and the Millenials are connected, confident and have personalities set to cruise control.
Who she is: Kate Middleton, Scarlett Johansson and Lady Gaga are all members of the Gen Y set, while Millenials include power players Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna.
The good: Social, confident, fun and optimistic, Gen Y women grew up with technology (heck, their parents probably filmed their birth!). With gadgets glued to their side 24/7, Gen Y is never not connected. Millenials are also multitasking pros and can juggle many responsibilities at once. They love being part of a team and collaborating on projects. They’re also totally tech-savvy and know everything there is to know about social media.
The bad: Gen Y and Millenials can be needy, requiring lots of praise for and recognition of their efforts.
The bridesmaid: While good at multitasking, Gen Y and Millenials are also easily distracted, finding their phones hard to resist. Keep your bridesmaid on track by letting her know her specific tasks and role on the day. If your bridesmaid falls in the Gen Y or Millenials category, let her know how important she is to you and the significance of her role as your bridesmaid. Recognising her accomplishments publicly is a great way to show them your appreciation for anything she’s organised for you, such as your hen party. Posting photos of the day on Instagram or Facebook and tagging in your bridesmaid will make her feel valued and happy.
Best tasks for a Generation Y or Millennials bridesmaid:
• Researching wedding apps that could be useful for your planning
• Helping you collate a comprehensive playlist guaranteed to get guests on the dance floor
• Collecting kooky props for fun in your photo booth or on the dance floor
• Creating a custom hashtag on Instagram for your wedding day for instant photo sharing
• Organising your hen do or post-wedding function.
Also known as ‘post-Millenials’, this generation born after the year 2000 are the offspring of Generation X and Y.
Who she is: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Suri Cruise, Apple Martin, Blue Ivy Carter.
The good: Likely to be your mini-maid or a flower girl, given their youth Generation Z are yet to be defined, but you can bet they’ll have the technology smarts of their predecessors and be well-connected, well-educated and worldy.
The bad: The potential exists for Gen Z to be a little over-indulged and addicted to their favourite gadgets.
The bridesmaid: Keep a Generation Z flower girl or bridesmaid happy with gadgets galore to play with on the day while she’s getting dressed, having her hair done and waiting for the ceremony to begin. As with all little ones, tummies are a priority, so ensure a raft of tempting snacks (though go easy on the sugar) are on hand to keep her full, energetic and happy.
Best tasks for a Generation Z bridesmaid:
• Collecting wildflowers for your table settings
• Picking petals from family gardens and ripping up paper for confetti, then placing them into paper cones for your grand exit from the church or ceremony
• Painting artworks to add a pop of colour and personality to table settings or wedding favours
• Collating a scrapbook of ideas she thinks are pretty or fun to inspire her look as bridesmaid or flower girl and your wedding day – food, favours, flowers. Their ideas could put a youthful slant on your day, characterised by innocence and beauty.