The wedding is meant to be a celebration of the bride and groom, but it’s also an opportunity for the maid of honour to make her mark. You want to stand out as not just a good friend, but as someone integral to the planning process. So how do you put your best foot forward?
Make sure you’re familiar with these ten must-do duties that will help everyone see what an amazing maid of honour you are!
1) Help with Bridesmaids Fittings
When bridesmaids’ dresses arrive at the house, take them upstairs so they can be tried on. If needed, hire a seamstress or tailor to hem any dresses that are too long before the big day.
2) Coordinate the Wedding Party
On the day of the wedding, you’ll need to make sure everyone in the bridal party is on time and dressed according to the colour palette. This also applies to other close friends who have been asked to be a part of the wedding, such as little flower girls or ring bearers.
3) Co-Host Pre-Wedding Parties
You can serve as co-host for any pre-wedding parties that happen before the ceremony. Make sure everything runs smoothly—without your help, things might get off track!
4) Choose Attendants’ Gifts
As maid of honour, you’ll be responsible for buying gifts for all your attendants. Even if one or two bridesmaids are covering the cost of the gift, you should still buy one for each person.
5) Help Keep Guests Entertained
Once everyone has arrived at the wedding, it’s up to you to keep them entertained. You can start by getting their drinks or even passing off snacks when they arrive at their seats.
6) Organize Accessories
It’s your responsibility as maid of honour to organize any accessories that either need to be added to outfits or collected after the event is over.
7) Hold Flowers and Gifts Before and After Ceremony
The bride likely won’t have time to pack up everything after the ceremony at the reception. As maid of honour, you’ll hold onto all items until they can be transported back home later on.
8) Help with Thank-You Notes
Once the big day is over, your main priority should be to help the bride organize thank-you notes. Make sure you have all their addresses so you can send them out as soon as possible.
9) Help Clean Up After Reception
The reception will come to an end, but it’s not quite time for everyone to leave just yet! As maid of honour, you’ll need to help clean up after the party.
10) Handle Any Last-Minute Issues
While bridesmaids are responsible for helping the bride before the wedding, maid of honour duties includes taking care of any issues during and after. This includes making sure vendors are paid on time, contacting people who were unable to make it down the aisle, or even making sure that any uneaten cake is placed in the freezer for later.
Remember! The best way to stay on top of your maid of honour duties is to create a detailed list including all responsibilities you’ll need to cover. You can keep track of everything by printing this article out and crossing off tasks as you go along. This will make it easy to check things off your list at each step.
Don’t forget… If possible, try to organize the maid of honour meeting before the wedding kicks into full gear. This will give everyone plenty of time to figure out who’s responsible for what. If not, then consider having one during the bridal shower or bachelorette party so everyone is on the same page. This way, you can get down to business without wasting time.