Category: maid of honor

Trend Alert: Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

You’ve heard of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, but have you heard of the maid of honor wearing a different dress? It’s a fun new trend that’s happening now and is a way to have her stand out from the bridesmaids. Here are a visuals to show you how it looks!

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

maid of honor wearing a different dress

via oi

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

photo: sarah ashley peters

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

photo: judy pak via style me pretty

This one is especially fun because the MOH gets to wear a gold sequin dress. I want.

Maid of Honor Wearing a Different Dress

photo: megan w

So, loves… what do you think of this trend?

is your maid of honor wearing a different dress?

Maid of Honor Duties: 12 Mistakes to Avoid

Maid of Honor: this post’s for you! You were selected as the bride’s right-hand lady and there are a handful of maid of honor duties she’ll need you to tackle on the wedding day. The last thing you want to do is forget to do these important tasks, so listen up as we present the twelve maid of honor mistakes to avoid on the wedding day. You are totally going to win at this MOH thing; here are just a few things to keep in mind…

maid of honor and bridesmaids at ceremony // maid of honor duties

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Maid of Honor Duties

12 Mistakes to Avoid

MOH Mistake #1. Forgetting to be her BFF.

She picked you because you’re her bestie. Her rock. Be there for her. In a sea full of craziness and stress, be the anchor. Make her laugh. Tell her how awesome she is and how much she rocks that wedding gown. And remind her to enjoy the day, because it really does go way too fast.

MOH Mistake #2. Forgetting two rules of the dress.

If her dress has a train, make sure it stays fluffed out throughout the ceremony. Also, learn how her dress bustles in the back to help her at the reception. You might also need to hold her dress when she goes to the restroom.

maid of honor duties: bustling gown for bride

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MOH Mistake #3. Not being on lipstick / food-in-teeth / underwear showing / hair flyaways / garlic breath patrol.

Lipstick on the teeth? Food in the teeth? Mint required? Be that spot checker she needs because she’ll be talking to a LOT of people. Spinach looks good in no one’s mouth. Also, if not you, who?

MOH Mistake #4. Not reminding the bride about the marriage license.

For real. You’d be surprised how many people forget to get one three days in advance.

MOH Mistake #5. Falling behind schedule.

Keep the crew on schedule, especially in the morning when getting ready. You don’t want the bride hurrying to get to the ceremony on time, with her hair half-done.

MOH Mistake #6. Not keeping a list of important numbers.

Have important numbers on hand for wedding vendors and anyone else you may need to contact. This is just in case something happens (flowers don’t show, DJ is late, etc.) It helps to be on it before the bride even notices.

MOH Mistake #7. Forgetting to drop off decor or items to the ceremony and/or reception, if needed.

This might include aisle decor setup for the ceremony, the aisle runner, signage, or reception decor like escort cards, place cards, card box, etc. This is typically required if the bride does not have a wedding planner. And, this is really only if the bride asks you to do so.

MOH Mistake #8. Not helping with the dress.

Getting the dress on is not an easy task, especially for a nervous bride. Make sure she has the essentials on hand before you begin (hosiery, accessories, undergarments).

maid of honor helping bride get wedding dress on // maid of honor duties

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MOH Mistake #9. Not being her gatekeeper.

Be true to the bride’s wishes: if she doesn’t want someone to see her before the wedding (like the groom), make sure he sure as heck doesn’t.

MOH Mistake #10. Forgetting to write + rehearse your speech.

During the reception, it’s customary for the Best Man speech and Maid of Honor speech to take place. Make sure you have yours written out on paper (at least jot a few notes if you have it memorized) and don’t wing it.

maid of honor hugging bride at reception // maid of honor duties

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MOH Mistake #11. Not going with the flow.

There are few times in life where you really, really need to keep your you-know-what together and this is one of those times. If the cake falls apart, figure out how to get a sheet cake delivered from the grocery store stat, etc.

MOH Mistake #12. Not dropping it like it’s hot.

Not a good dancer? Turns out today’s the day to prove yourself wrong because she’ll need you out there to help her get her dance on! Hey, the fast songs are easy, just keep moving. That’s what I do.

bride dancing at reception // maid of honor duties: get out there and dance with her

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What maid of honor duties would you add to our list? Have you been a maid of honor in the past? If so, which duties were the most important in your opinion?

xo
-Emma

Ask Emmaline: “What Should I Gift to My MOH?”

Hello, loves! We receive TONS of emails from brides-to-be (+ grooms, too!) for wedding planning advice, etiquette, and questions on where to find DIY supplies or handmade wedding items. Today, we’re sharing an exclusive “Ask Emmaline” question from bride-to-be, Jessica, who wants to know what she should gift to her fabulous MOH (Maid of Honor). Read on to find out more…

maid of honor gift - pink chalcedony necklace

Jessica asks,

Dear Emmaline, My Maid of Honor has been such a huge help to me while planning my wedding. She emails me with ideas for my upcoming August rustic/chic wedding, she goes shopping with me for DIY projects, and she has a huge bachelorette party planned that is everything I could dream of! She is SO busy with school and work but always finds the time in her schedule to make planning my wedding a priority. I’d like to give her a gift on the wedding day as a token of my appreciation for all of her help but I want to find something unique. Do you have any suggestions?

Jessica, your friend sounds like she’s got this MOH job down pat! When you have a Maid of Honor that is willing to help with every detail along the way, the planning process is more enjoyable (and less stressful). A sweet gift is a great way to say thank you and show her how much you appreciate her help. One of the best Maid of Honor gift ideas is jewelry because it can be custom-made just for her and she can enjoy wearing it for years to come. Plus, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love to add a new piece of jewelry to her collection! To inspire you, here are a few of my (Emma here!) newest personal favorites by the lovely Andrea Bonelli. Her jewelry pieces are handmade and completely custom for a gift your MOH will treasure for years to come!

maid of honor gift - earrings

maid of honor gift - moon necklace

maid of honor gift - deep red necklace

maid of honor gift - pebble earrings

maid of honor gift - silver or gold necklace

Maid of Honor Gift Idea

If you like what you’ve seen above, you’ll love Andrea’s entire shop! And… Andrea even offers giveaways on her blog. You can enter for a chance to win these earrings (shown below) if you enter by January 31st. I’m even trying to win them! Click here to enter now!

andrea bonelli jewelry giveaway

Andrea Bonelli is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace.

* Need additional Maid of Honor gift ideas? You can find TONS in The Marketplace! Also, check out 50 Must-Have Bridesmaid Gifts.

Happy Planning!


-E.

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Top 15 Best Friends Necklaces for your MOH

Happy Tuesday! Back in the day, I (Emma here!) would attend roller skating parties with my grade school. They were the place to be. At these roller skating parties, we, fifth and sixth graders, would play arcade games and win tickets to cash in for candy or toys. One of the prized possessions? These dinky, plastic best friend necklaces given to your BFF. Do you remember them? Ah, memories. (And, holy markup: we used to cash in TONS of tickets for these and they only cost the rink a few dollars for hundreds of ‘em!) I love the idea of gifting a similar, “grown-up” version to your MOH or best friend this holiday season. So, I went on the hunt to find the most adorable best friends necklaces… and I think you’ll love what I’ve found! Read on to see the top fifteen that made the list…

Best Friends Necklaces

1. Puzzle Pieces

best friends necklaces

by steampunk funk

best friends necklaces

by steampunk funk

2. Classic Heart Best Friends Necklaces in Gold

best friends necklaces

by her silver lining

I also love this “Sisters Forever” heart necklace…

best friends necklaces

3. Best Friend Circle

best friend necklaces

by brooklyn charm

4. Half Heart Locket Necklaces

best friend necklaces

by fancy pop

best friend necklaces
by fancy pop

5. You & Me Heart Necklaces

best friend necklaces

by spiffing jewelry

6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Necklaces

peanut butter and jelly necklaces best friends

by a lil bit of cute

7. Best Friend Heart Necklaces with Angel Wings

best friend necklaces

by revelle rose jewelry

8. Circular Necklaces (with Bling)

best friend necklaces

by silvine designs

9. Lucky Horseshoes

best friend necklaces

by philanthropic panda

10. Owl Always Be Your Best Friend

best friends necklaces

by friendly gesture

11. Time Passes But Friendship Remains

This necklace is written in French… Le Tems Passe L’Amitie Reste which means Time Passes But Friendship Remains and includes an hourglass and angel wings.

best friends necklaces

by rqp studio

12. I’ll See Ya… Not If I See You First

best friends necklaces

by tabby cat design

13. Besties Necklace

best friends necklaces

by jewelmint

For a Trio of Best Friends:

14. Fork, Spoon, and Knife

best friends necklaces

by jac and elsie

15. Rock, Paper, and Scissors

best friends necklaces

by jac and elsie

Happy Planning!


-E.

Which one is your favorite? Share below!

P.S. Find more great ideas for bridesmaid gifts in The Handcrafted Wedding, in stores now!