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Maid of Honor dutiesMaid of Honor Duties
As the Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor, you have one of the most important roles in making sure the bride's and groom's wedding is a success. Many times the groom will not help out as much as the bride would like which is why your role is so important! Below we have listed some of the top maid of honor duties to make the process more manageable and creative:

Pre Wedding

maid of honorHelp in going with the bride to look at different locations for the wedding. Many times the Bride needs help in choosing where to have the ceremony and party besides what day and time to have the wedding. Ask if you can participate in this process since it can be a very stressful.

maid of honorHelp the bride choose her wedding invitations as well as possibly address the invitations if she needs your support. Many times a bride may outsource her invitations but if they need to be addressed by the family, your help will be key in reducing the load of tasks to complete.

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)If the bride needs help in ordering and choosing decorations and favors, your opinions may be helpful in making decisions for narrowing down choices and making sure the decorations are in on time for the wedding, shower and bachelorette parties.

maid of honorGo with the bride when she is shopping for her wedding dress as well as the Bridesmaid Dresses. It is very important to help make sure the dresses are ordered and arrive in enough time for alterations! It is helpful for you to attend the multiple fittings in giving your friend some feedback in how the dress looks and fits.

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Many times the groom does not want to go to register with his bride-to-be. You can be very supportive by going with your friend to register for her wedding gifts as well as letting other guests know where the bride and groom are registered. This is a very fun experience so take part in the choosing if she needs help.

maid of honorHelp the bride in the seating arrangement. This can be a very difficult process with the more people coming to the wedding. Many times it makes it easier to draw out the tables and move people around until you have a close to perfect fit. Note: It is very helpful to bring this drawing to the wedding just in case there are any mix-ups, you will save the day!

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Host and Plan the Bridal Shower as well as the Bachelorette Party! You should also attend both the bridal shower and bachelorette party as it is an honor for you to be there and hurtful if you cannot attend unless you have good reason.

maid of honorHelp keep order and organization with the other bridesmaids.

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Attend and help out during the rehearsal dinner. Many times the bride, groom and their families are pre-occupied and forget about things which is where you can save the day by being organized.

maid of honorField messages for the bride and her family to make sure you are up on any changes (especially if they are last minute changes that affect the other guests).

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Attend all bridal fairs with the bride as well as cake and catering tasting.

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Plan the bridal shower games for the bridal shower.

Wedding Day

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Make sure the bride arrives to the ceremony and that she has everything on the Maid of Honor Checklist that we have created to make your life easier.

maid of honorAssist the bride in getting into her dress and makeup

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Be the messenger if the bride wants to communicate messages to the family or groom so you are always up on what is going on.

maid of honorVisit the reception room and party room (if possible) to make sure there are no problems or issues. It is much better to be proactive.

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Help make sure the bride has privacy if she needs some quiet time before the ceremony.

maid of honorBe the witness in the signing of the marriage license which is an honor!

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Help the bride with her veil and train (if she has one). I have seen many weddings where brides have tripped on their train which takes away from her experience for a moment.

maid of honorBe your friend's "right-hand-woman" at the altar. She may be very nervous and you can be the calming source with your presence.

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Keeper of the brides bouquet during the ceremony. Make sure you have a free hand.

maid of honorKeeper of the groom's ring. It is your task to also make sure the groom's ring is in your possession at all times until you give the ring over to the bride!

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Make a toast and/or speech during the wedding party since it is tradition and most people love hearing these friendship stories!

maid of honorMake sure you lock up the bridal/groom money bag after the bride and groom dance with all of their family and friends so someone does not steal or pick it up by accident.

wedding_ring_icon5.gif (233 bytes)Last, but not least, provide moral support and be a great listener throughout the process since it is a very wonderful and "positively" stressful time for your friend. You can really make the difference!

maid of honorToo often, the duty of "straightening/fluffing" the Bride's dress is overlooked. If the Bride is staying on a level, straight path, then this can be done before her descent down the aisle. However, if she is turning, or stepping up steps and/or turning to reach her destination, then the Maid/Matron of Honor should first adjust her train before accepting the bouquet to hold. This is most easily done by holding the train at points about (2) feet apart, and gently "shaking" the train (as if shaking a rug!) one good time, and it will fall beautifully in place.

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