Thursday, January 30, 2014

What Are The Duties and Responsibilities of a Maid of Honor?

Choosing a maid of honor is a bid decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. Some brides naturally go with their best friend, but this doesn't necessarily mean they are fit the job. A maid of honor has a number of responsibilities and duties, all of which are crucial to creating a smooth wedding experience. If she isn't willing or capable of performing these tasks, it could send the wedding into a downwards spiral.

Note: being a maid of honor isn't an easy task. It's a common assumption that maid of honors get to kick back and enjoy being the bride's "right hand woman." Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Being a maid of honor is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and downright expensive!

Responsibilities and Duties of Being a Maid of Honor:

  • Help the bride choose a dress
  • Attend the engagement party
  • Throw the bachelorette party (includes planning games, activities, events, buying food and beverages, sending invitations, etc.)
  • Participate in the wedding rehearsal and post-rehearsal dinner
  • Show up to the wedding with the bride (this is oftentimes several hours before the actual ceremony)
  • Assist the bride with her hair and makeup
  • Keep tabs on all vendors and service providers for the wedding, making sure they show up on time
  • Be there for emotional support, encouraging the bride and calming her nerves.
  • And many, many more...

  • A maid of honor's responsibilities are amplified on the day of the wedding. When the big day rolls around, she must shadow the bride step-for-step while she gets ready for the ceremony. This includes (but not limited to) helping the bride style her hair, do her makeup, get into her dress, etc. The

    How Do I Choose a Maid of Honor?

    With such a long list of duties and responsibilities, some people might turn their head at the thought of being a maid of honor, which is perfectly fine. After all, brides should choose someone who's both willing and enthusiastic about the job. This may be one her long childhood friends, or it could be her sister.

    Before you make a decision, ask the potential maid of honor if she is willing to stand by your side and offer her full assistance. Let her know that it's a time-consuming job that's certainly not easy by any means. Having an eager maid of honor will take some of the burden of planning a wedding off your shoulders, allowing you to enjoy your big day just a little bit more.

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