Photo By: Michelle Lindsay Photography
With the excitement and privilege of being Maid of Honor comes plenty of responsibility. Not sure where to start? We have you covered! With this handy checklist as your guide, you'll have one happy bride on your hands.
- Assist the bride-to-be throughout the planning process. Act as her right-hand woman, listening to her ideas, offering suggestions and input, and assisting her with pre-wedding tasks. Help her select bridesmaids’ dresses and shop for her wedding gown. Let her know you’re game to assist with anything she needs, from scouting wedding locations to attending cake tastings, but also take initiative by offering to help with specific duties like addressing invitations or working out seating chart details.
- Lead the pack. Give the other bridesmaids your contact info and encourage them to reach out to you with any questions or concerns. Coordinate bridal party duties, check in to make sure everyone is on task in terms of attire (purchasing their dresses on time, getting alterations, finding the right jewelry and shoes), and distribute information pertaining to wedding-related events.
- Take the lead on pre-wedding festivities. Organize the bachelorette party (enlist the help of the other bridesmaids in the planning), host or co-host the bridal shower, and attend all wedding-related parties.
- Keep a record of all gifts received at said events for the bride to refer to when she writes her thank-you notes.
- Spread the word about where the bride and groom are registered.
- Familiarize yourself with the day-of itinerary and have a copy on hand.
- Have a list of all the vendors and their contact information on hand. This way, if any last minute issues or hiccups arise, you can simply step out and give them a quick call to smooth things out without worrying the bride.
- Double check to make sure the bridesmaids know where they need to be before the ceremony and when they need to show up.
- Keep the bride calm and happy! Act as the trusted friend that you are, ease any jitters she may have, keep the mood relaxed and upbeat.
- Help with the bride's hair, makeup, jewelry and gown.
- Act as a messenger between bride and groom.
- Make sure all the bridesmaids are on time, have their hair and makeup done, and that there are no major wardrobe malfunctions.
- Help the bride maneuver. Fluff and arrange her gown and veil. Help her in the restroom if necessary!
- Arrange the bride's train and veil before the processional begins and just after she arrives at altar.
- Hold the groom's ring during the ceremony.
- Hold the bride's bouquet while the couple exchanges vows.
- Sign the marriage license as a witness.
- Help bustle the train after the ceremony for easy dancing at reception.
- Stand next to the groom in the receiving line if there is one. Otherwise, act as a greeter.
- Dance with the best man during the wedding party sequence (typically following the first dance between the bride and groom).
- Act as a hostess (along with the other bridesmaids). Invite guests to sign the guestbook, direct them to the restrooms, collect any cards or gifts, help them find their seats, answer questions, and engage them in conversation throughout the reception.
- Refresh the bride's drink.
- Make sure the bride gets a chance to eat something - even if it's quick!
- Toast the couple following the best man's toast.
Continue to keep the bride happy, relaxed and worry-free.
Help the bride change into her send-off dress and make sure her wedding down is safely transported and stored following the reception.
Help wrap up and take care of any loose ends following the end of the reception.