A bridesmaid is generally a close personal friend, sister or relative of the bride who is asked by the bride to be in the wedding party. She is an important part of the wedding and pre-wedding activities. The head or chief bridesmaid is know as the Maid/Matron of Honor and on the wedding day she is mainly responsible for assisting the bride: holds her flowers, helps keep the wedding gown and train in order, helps the bride to the restroom, provides support prior to and on the day of the wedding & makes sure all is going well from the brides perspective. Some of the duties of all bridesmaids are: attend & participate in the wedding ceremony, attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, purchase and wear a gown in the color and style chosen by the bride, hosting a bridal shower or bachelorette party before the wedding, assist the bride in shopping for dresses/gowns/shoes, help address invitations, assists the bride in dressing before the wedding, and any other tasks that may be requested by the bride. There is often some financial expense involved in being a bridesmaid: bridesmaid gown, shoes, hair styling, travel & accommodations and other expenses relevant to the shower, wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Online stores that specialize in wedding apparel, party supplies and departments within stores that specialize in weddings, generally have coupons, discounts, special offers, promotions, sales for bridesmaid items.