No matter if you’re always a bridesmaid, there’s a special role for the maid of honor, and making sure you’re prepared to fulfill the obligations and expectations of the bride will help you contribute to an amazing wedding day for your bride!
The maid of honor’s role was traditionally one of hostess, so that the bride would not have to pay attention to details during her ceremony and reception.
In recent years, as more and more couples elect to work with wedding planners and professionals to make sure the day goes off without a hitch, the maid of honor position has become more of a staff and operations manager role.
The first and most important thing for a maid of honor to remember is that communication is key to making sure the wedding goes off without a hitch. Making sure that she understands the ceremony plans, and her role in them, well before the rehearsal dinner is important!
The maid of honor should be included in all planning sessions. The reception will usually have a major functional role for the maid of honor, even if the ceremony is more modern and doesn’t include as many functions for her to fulfill.
The bride may want the MOH to ensure that the guests are comfortable, and to serve as a sort of mistress of ceremonies. Of course, during the photo sessions before and after the ceremony, the maid of honor will be busy, but between the pictures and the toasts, there is plenty of time for the MOH to make sure guests are comfortable dancing, helping themselves to the food and drinks, and finding seats for the older members of the family.
The maid of honor is a time honored role and a real and sincere honor, so taking the job seriously is important. The opportunity is there for the MOH to ensure the bride has exactly what she wants and needs leading up to the wedding, including a shower and shopping trips, and lots of love!
Oh, we almost forgot… You need to prepare a great speech! So here’s one of the best we’ve ever seen, hopefully it will inspire you: