This post is written as the bride. Brides, pass it on to your Maid of Honor so she knows which maid of honor duties you’d (really!) love her to do for your big day.
Hey, Maid of Honor: this is This is your BFF (The Bride) and I wanted to let you know something: you’re really awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I chose you as my leading lady on my wedding day. And with that comes a few maid of honor duties, but I have total confidence you’ll pull it off…
Anyway, here’s the low-down on the Maid of Honor duties I’d really, really appreciate if you could tackle for me.
Maid of Honor Duties
Dear Maid of Honor,
Please help with…
I WANT TO ROCK IT on my wedding day. Help me pick out the perfect dress so I look awesome.
THE BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Please help me with picking out the bridesmaid dresses. I want you and the bridesmaids to love what I pick, and I really don’t want to screw this up; so please offer tips on colors and styles they might like. Dresses by AtomAttire are a great starting point.
And I promise the dresses will be gorgeous.
THE BRIDAL SHOWER + BACHELORETTE PARTY
Here are some popular bachelorette party ideas I love:
If you can help me avoid making these shoe mistakes so my feet aren’t killing me, that would be amazing. Also, if you could help me pick out shoes that look great with my dress (and are also wildly comfortable), I’ll be oh-so-grateful.
THE BRIDEZILLA PACT
If I start to be a Bridezilla, even a little bit, STOP ME. ;) Remind me what the wedding day is all about.
THE NON-OBSESSIVE CLAUSE
When I start obsessing over wedding things, please remind me not to stress out so much. Remind me that everything will be wonderful and to stop freaking out.
This one’s easy: please hold my bouquet during the ceremony.
If I have a train on my gown, please make sure it’s laying properly / fluffed out during the ceremony. This will keep my gown looking its best, especially in my ceremony photos.
CALM MY NERVES
As the bride, I’m freaking out here a little and it’s not even the wedding day yet. Please keep me calm during the ceremony. And I’m also super emotional, and you know I’m going to be lathering on that ultra-waterproof mascara, so please hang on to a tissue to a hankie in case I need it at the ceremony.
THE QUICK FIX
If something goes wrong on my wedding day (i.e. the cake falls over, we run out of favors, the programs get ruined, etc.) please do whatever you can for a quick fix. I’m even happier if you don’t even tell me about it (and we only joke about it years later). :)
HAIR & MAKEUP
You know how I want to look my best for the big day, so… can you please give me suggestions on how I should wear my hair? And please (pleasssssssse) tell me if my run-through for hair and makeup is a total disaster? I’d prefer to know and fix it than go with a look I’m not 100% sure about.
THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING
Please get ready with me and the bridesmaids on the wedding day. And by “get ready” I mean be silly and make incredibly fun memories.
THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
Here’s one of the most important of the maid of honor duties: please witness and sign the marriage certificate.
I know, you hate public speaking… but pleaaaaaaaase give an epic wedding speech at the reception. I trust you’ll bring down the house.
PRO TIP: Here’s some tips to help!
THE FIRST LOOK
Please don’t let my fiance see me before the wedding (unless we’re doing a first look).
Please see to it that the bridesmaids order their dresses on time (and go to fittings).
-Listen to this podcast for tips on bridesmaid dresses
THE EMERGENCY KIT
Please have an emergency kit for the wedding day, just in case something crazy happens with my gown, or I need a breath mint, a lipstick application, or my hair pins are coming undone. Also, I trust that you’ll tell me if I have spinach (or anything else) in my teeth. ;)
THE RIBBON BOUQUET
There’s a tradition where, at the bridal shower, the maid of honor gathers the ribbons and bows that were on the wrapped presents and puts them aside after the bride opens her gifts. Then, she assembles the ribbons together through a paper plate (as the base) to form a ribbon bouquet. This bouquet is carried down the aisle at the rehearsal. Please do it! This contraption makes it really easy to do (but you can also poke holes through a paper plate, tbh).
THE REHEARSAL / REHEARSAL DINNER
Two very important maid of honor duties: please attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
THE GETAWAY CAR
Please decorate our car with the Best Man during the reception for a more fun grand exit!
PRO TIP: Something like a window cling makes it SUPER easy to do.
THE DANCE FLOOR
Please dance with me on the dance floor! And encourage other guests to dance, too!
I know, it might sound like a lot of maid of honor duties… but I swear it means the world to me. Thanks for standing by my side!
P.S. And brides, make sure you say thank you for doing ALL of these amazing things with a great gift!
What Maid of Honor Duties would you add to the list?
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