Following up from our last blog post How to Select Your Bridal Party - we wanted to explain what exactly the duties of the maid of honor(s) and bridesmaids consist of! Again, each bride (and groom ) are different and the needs or duties of a maid of honor and bridesmaids may change depending on what the couple needs.
However, the very basic job description of being a maid of honor (yes my friends, it is a job and one that should be taken seriously!) consists of three main things that every MOH is at the very least involved with. The first duty being planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party. During the bridal shower the maid of honor should assist the bride in hosting guests, running any shower games (as well as creating them beforehand!) and keeping track of any shower gifts. Every bride is different and it is important to ask what they want or expect for the bridal shower and bachelorette party. Save yourself the stress and be open with each other about what is expected and what is needed. If the maid of honor starts to feel overwhelmed, it's important to remember that the other bridesmaids are also there to help!
Which brings us to the second duty of being a maid of honor, coordinating with the bridesmaids! This goes for everything from the initial planning process, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and through the wedding day. The maid of honor should be the liaison for the bride to all the other bridesmaids, relaying information, coordinating any tasks that need to be completed for the bridal shower, planning of the bachelorette, and confirming that the correct dress and accessories have been purchased. It is important that the maid of honor utilizes all of the bridesmaids in completing any pre-wedding and day of tasks. On the day of the wedding the maid of honor and bridesmaids should be prepared to handle any last minute issues that come up! The goal is to make sure the bride is able to enjoy her day and not worry about the little things.
Last but certainly not least is a duty for both bridesmaids and the maid of honor - supporting the bride and groom throughout the entire planning process! This means being a shoulder to lean on both emotionally and physically. If you are a maid of honor or a bridesmaid you should already know the bride and know what her needs are when it comes to friendship. During the wedding planning process emotions are often in overdrive and just being there to listen to a stressed out bride is part of the job description, it is also important to help take any of the stress or ever long to-do list tasks off the brides hands when you can. Most importantly, make sure to show up when you say that you will and not add to the stresses of the bride-to-be!
Now pour that champagne and celebrate your friend’s big day!!