If you think all you have to do is to show up for the wedding looking pretty after you’ve been given the pleasure of being the maid of honor, then you better think again.
One of your best friends is about to walk down the aisle with her sweet heart, and having the title as maid of honor is quite a big deal. It shows you’re their right-hand woman, the one that they truly love and want by their side at all times. Every wedding is different, but, there are some essential maid of honor duties you’re going to have to do no matter what wedding you’re supposed to be officiating at.
Maid of honor duties
You’ll need to go with the bride to shop for the wedding dress, for bridesmaids’ dresses, for fittings and other essentials. The bride-to-be isn’t going to be able to do it all by herself. As a maid of honor, you need to be there to support her and help her make the right decisions when she’s getting stressed out or is uncertain of what to do.
Wedding planning support
In most cases, men aren’t too interested in planning the wedding and if her fiancé isn’t helping her pick the flowers or invitations, it means as the maid of honor, you have to help her pick out invitations, deciding on a color scheme, seating charts, choosing the venue, the cake, and others.
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- Help her with some cost-saving projects
Some brides want to make their wedding more personalized to save money. You can help her to make decorative vases to save cost of hiring someone.
Bridal shower and bachelorette party
As the maid of honor, you’re in charge of the bridal shower and bachelorette party. The soon-to-be bride may not want one, but if she does, you’ll have to coordinate the budget, travel, activities, and invitations.
Be at the rehearsals
You’ll need to be at every rehearsal. At the rehearsals, you’ll need to provide your contact information to the guests, just in case they have any questions about the wedding or what they’re supposed to do on the big day.
Have an emergency kit handy
What if bridesmaid’s dog accidentally chewed on her wedding dress on the big day? You can quickly salvage the situation because you brought your emergency kit. This kit saves you from stressing out when the bride has tears streaming down her face. This is what you need in your emergency kit: mini sewing kit, bobby pins, clear nail polish, double sided tape, lotion, tissues, a copy of her vows, deodorant, mints, stain remover, floss, face wipes, lipstick, oil blotters, mascara, bottle of water, and tampons. Ensure you make a checklist and have all these items in a bag the day before the wedding.
Pick-up supplies for the wedding
If the cake won’t be delivered to the venue, then you’ll need to go pick it up. That also includes the flowers and other decorations. Basically, you’ll be acting as the courier during the morning of the wedding.
Keep the party alive
You need to ensure everyone is getting their hair and makeup done on the day of the wedding. You need to be certain all the bridesmaids have their dresses, and everyone is staying on schedule. Also, you may need to check in with the groom’s party every once in a while. You may spot an important thing that the guys have overlooked.
Keep it in check at the ceremony
You would need to hand out the ring pillows, bouquets, corsages, ring pillows, and boutonnieres to the wedding party, before the ceremony. Also, this may be the most important task, make sure you have the groom’s ring.
Help the bride get ready before and after the wedding
You would have to help her get into that love princess dress, put on her accessories, and even remind her to pee. Also, after the ceremony, you need to make sure that she’s eating and drinking. Many brides forget to eat and stay hydrated during the wedding because they’re feeling anxious, excited, and stressed.