Ask the Experts: "My Bridesmaid is MIA! What Should I Do?"

Welcome to our latest installment of “Ask the Experts,” where our contributor team of wedding planners solves readers' most pressing wedding-planning dilemmas! This week, Tracie Domino from Tracie Domino Events and Vikki Marsee from All You Need is Love Events weigh in on what to do in case a bridesmaid is missing in action. Do you have a question that you'd like to submit? Fill out this form, and we'll do our best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Q. “What if one of your bridesmaids hasn't helped you do anything for the entire year you've spent planning your wedding? How are you supposed to deal with bridesmaids that don't pull their weight or carry any responsibility, especially when they are family?” — BG reader Tabitha

Tracie Answers:

“Hi Tabitha! This is a common question we hear from our clients. I am wondering, what expectations did you describe when you asked her to be your bridesmaid? Recently, the bridesmaid title has often meant helping to plan your shower, attend your bachelorette party, help you get ready on your wedding day and stand at the altar with you. Many of today’s bridesmaids are working women, spread throughout the country, who might not have time to help with DIY projects and other activities that used to be common for bridesmaids to complete.