Deciding who will be in your bridal party can be a tricky decision, and we think it’s important to have a group of women standing beside you who love and support you on your special day. If you choose to have one, your Maid of Honor is just that and a little more – an extra special leading lady in your life that has the honor of assisting you throughout the wedding planning process. We know you love your MOH. She is your right wing gal, the complete package that always saves the day with a smile on her face.
In our ever changing culture of weddings, MOH duties are a little less structured than they may have been in the past. This may lead to miscommunications, frustrations and overall unnecessary stress if the two of you aren’t on the same page. You trust that she will fulfill the Maid of Honor Roll perfectly. But what exactly does that mean?
We hope you can use this blog as a conversation starter with your BFF. We’ve crafted a list under the inspiration of two stellar blogs (Wedding Wire and LaurenConrad.com) and our own personal experience. What are the traditional MOH duties? What role would you like your MOH to fill during this exciting time? Read on, share, blog, tweet, take notes, and as always, reach out with comments and suggestions.
Pre- Wedding Duties
- Be a point person and aware of all wedding details at a moment’s notice (things move fast around here!)
- Lend a helping hand and ear to the bride
- Attend wedding dress shopping and fittings when invited
- Provide feedback on wedding planning details
- Help organize hair and makeup for the bridal party
- Responsible for wedding travel, attire, and accessories costs
- Plan and/or host the bridal shower and bachelorette party
- Help with favors and address invitations
- Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
Wedding Ceremony Duties
- Keep the bride cool, calm, and collected
- Prepare a wedding day emergency kit for last minute emergencies
- Arrange the bride’s train and veil upon her arrival to the altar
- Be the keeper of bride’s bouquet and groom’s wedding ring during the ceremony (**The Best Man should hang onto the bride’s ring)
- Witness and sign the Marriage Certificate
- Bustle the bride’s train and remove veil before dancing. This includes being a bathroom buddy for those large dresses!
- Toast the bride and groom with a speech (either during the reception or the rehearsal dinner)
- Make sure the bride eats and drinks (this is an important one)!
- Act as air traffic control for the bride, wedding planner (we will love you for this), and family
- Encourage guests to get on the dance floor during the reception
- Help out with any last details at the end of the night, (ie. transporting gifts, gathering lost items left at the venue)
We hope this is a great jumping off point for you and your Maid of Honor – to be more informed and equally aligned on each other’s expectations. Thank you to all you wedding rockstars out there – we adore you.
To our gentlemen – stay tuned later this week for a list of Best Man duties!
| Feature Photo: Laura Murray Photography |