A maid of honor takes on a lot of responsibilities. She helps the bride shop for her wedding dress, plan the bachelorette party, and everything in between.
Have you ever been a maid of honor before? Do you have a feeling you may be one soon?
If so, then you need to learn about some of your expected duties before taking on the important role.
The following is a checklist of duties every maid of honor should prepare for the big day!
Duties and Responsibilities before the Big Day
1. Be there to assist the bride with any tasks she needs help with.
As a maid of honor, the bride will need you throughout the entire planning process, from the sending of wedding invitations to picking cake flavors.
There are some cases, however, where the bride may hire a wedding planner or handle most of the responsibilities herself.
Whichever the case, remember it’s your duty as a maid of honor to lend a helping hand to the bride.
2. Be present when the bride is shopping for her wedding dress.
The bride may ask you to accompany her when shopping for a wedding dress. If she does, make sure to give her your undivided attention and honest opinion.
3. Assist the bride in choosing the bridesmaid dresses.
Helping the bride pick her dress is the first step. Next, you will need to make sure that all bridesmaids have their dresses and accessories.
Other tasks could require your assistance include arranging traveling and hotel accommodations, and confirming hair and makeup appointments for the bridal party.
4. Help to host the bridal shower.
Hosting a bridal shower is arguably the most important duty of a maid of honor. From choosing a venue to picking décor, ordering food to sending invitations, planning a bridal party takes a lot of coordinating.
It’s also your responsibility to write down all the gift items the bride will receive. This will be helpful when the bride writes her thank-you notes.
Duties and Responsibilities during Pre-Ceremony
1. Help the bride and bridal party dress.
It’s your responsibility to make sure that the bride and the entire bridal party look excellent on the wedding day.
2. Prepare an emergency kit.
It’s always good to be prepared. Having a supply of pain relievers, bandaids, fashion tape, and safety pins can help avoid a mini-emergency that could ruin an otherwise perfect day.
3. Keep the mood light.
It’s recommended to make sure that the bride is relaxed on her big day. Just do whatever it takes to ensure the crew is happy.
4. Ensure everyone is where they need to be on time.
Ask the wedding planner of the bride for the wedding ceremony timeline. This will help you ensure that everything is on schedule.
Duties and Responsibilities during the Main Ceremony
1. Walk down the aisle.
The bride walking down the aisle is always one of the highlights of a wedding. You’ll be the last of the bride’s attendants to walk down the aisle, either alone or with the best man.
2. Make any needed adjustments to the bride’s veil and dress.
Remember, it’s your duty to make sure that the bride is looking her best. Once she steps to the altar, ensure that she looks her best before the commencement of the ceremony.
3. Hold both your own and that of your bride’s bouquets.
As the chief assistant to the bride, you’ll need to hold her bouquet of flowers, especially during the ring exchange.
4. Witness the signing of the marriage certificate.
Once the ceremony is over, the newlyweds and the officiant will sign their names on the marriage license. Witnesses will also be needed. Generally, these witnesses are the best man and the maid of honor.
Duties and Responsibilities during the Reception
1. Greet guests as they enter the reception.
If there is a line to enter the reception, you’ll need to stand with the groom and greet all the guests. These days, however, an increasing number of couples are choosing not to have receiving lines.
2. Walk with the best man to the reception.
You’ll most likely enter with the best man. You can decide to dance, stroll or strut as you enter the reception. That will be entirely your call.
3. Bustle the bride’s gown.
Bustling the bride’s gown allows the bride to move around after the ceremony with ease. This ensures the dress doesn’t get soiled, as a bustle pulls the back of the dress off the ground.
If it will be your first time, ask the seamstress or the bridal salon for a tutorial.
4. Help answer questions and direct guests.
Some guests may need some clarification during the ceremony.
Such questions may include:
Where can I put my gift?
When is the cake cutting?
Where is the guest book?
5. Take care of the wedding gifts.
Make sure that all the gifts collected are put in the correct location to avoid them getting lost.
As the maid of honor, you’ll be the bride’s right woman. Having a checklist that will help keep everything organized will definitely come in handy.