One of the most beautiful parts of a wedding is having a bridal party. This is an opportunity for the bride to make a special place for the people she cherishes and include them in her special day, and there is no selection as important as the maid of honor. Being asked to be the MOH by the bride is a privilege which comes with it a huge responsibility. Not only is the MOH expected to provide logistical support, but also emotional support by being a trusted confidante to the bride.
To prepare for your maid of honor duties, we've detailed out the traditional MOH responsibilities, however, we do recommend having a heart-to-heart conversation with your bestie. As every bride will have different expectations, it is a good idea for both of you to understand and agree on what these expectations are.
Wedding dress shopping: Finding the dress is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. Coordinate a weekend with the bride squad and set up a few appointments to visit bridal shops. Don't forget to schedule a mimosa lunch in between trying on all those dresses.
Plan the bachelorette party: You many know the bride the best, so start thinking about what themes she would like, location, and how to make this memorable and personal to her personality.
Host (co-host) the bridal shower: Start researching bridal shower ideas. Coordinate with family and friends on a date that works for everybody, and make sure to ask bridesmaids and family members for help if need be.
Emotional support: The months leading up to the wedding can be stressful for the bride. Simply being there for her to have someone she can lean on can do wonders. Remember to check in with her often and offer your help in any way that you can.
Be a leader: Set the tone for the bridal party. Have answers to questions that may come up and there will be lots of questions and act as a guide to bridesmaids.
Keep the bride photo-ready: Whether it's fluffing her train before every photo op or wiping her tears, your job is to be her mirror.
Be a hostess along with the other bridesmaids: Direct guests to their seats, and let them know where the restrooms are located. Encourage them to sign the guest book and indicate where to set their gifts.
Feed the bride: The bride may be overwhelmed during this time, between dancing and taking picture after picture. The last thing she may be thinking about is food. Prepare a plate for her and make sure she takes some time to enjoy it.
Make a toast: This is known as the maid of honor speech ,and it's your time to put on paper those lovely thoughts. Give yourself plenty of time to write your speech, a little bit of brainstorming every day works. Keep it short and sweet!
Help the bride prepare for the end of the night: Lend a hand in helping the bride change into her going-away outfit and help her gather the belongings she will take with her. Collect any valuable items that will stay, like her accessories.
Make sure the gifts are locked and loaded: gather the gifts and make sure they are kept in a safe place, you may appoint someone to do this as you may be with the bride.
Facilitate the end of the party: Your job is not quite done when the bride and groom leave, make sure to stick around to make sure the venue is clean and help with any unfinished work. Take your part in making sure guests are getting home safe.
Say the final good-byes: As a hostess saying good-bye to guests and thanking them is as important as welcoming them. Send them off with a smile.
Most importantly remember to have fun. Wedding planning can be stressful, so it's always good to keep the bride smiling and sane. After all this is a party!