Being a maid of honor at your friend’s wedding is a pretty big honor. Of course, being a bridesmaid alone is a pretty big deal, as it shows that you are valued and trusted enough to offer a close hand at helping with all things wedding. But being maid of honor is that next level up – something requires for only the very best of friends. That’s why, as exciting as it can be, the role can also come with a fair amount of pressure attached. If you’re not entirely sure of what is expected of you as a maid of honor, don’t panic. Read on for a full breakdown of some of the most common jobs that will be thrust upon you, and what you can do to be the best support and aid the bride could dream of.
Lend an ear
Sure, it’s said to be the happiest day of your life – but there’s no doubt that wedding planning can also be very stressful as well. You, as the maid of honor, may often bear the brunt of this stress at the hands of the bride to be. It can be all too easy to just roll your eyes and tell them to get a grip but bear in mind the kind of pressure they are under to pull this event off. Weddings certainly aren’t cheap, and they all come with an abundance of extras that most people don’t even think about. As the maid of honor, you need to be there to emotionally support your friend when things get a bit too much. Whether this means taking her out for lunch to cheer her up, or listening to her rant about her in-laws for the umpteenth time, grit your teeth and bear it. When your time comes to get married, at least you know she’ll be indebted to do the same for you!
Organize the hen party
One of the most fun parts about being a maid of honor is that it falls to you to organize arguably the best part of the whole wedding: the hen do! Hen dos have varied in tradition over the years, but the best thing is that you can pretty much do anything you want to do. If your friend wants a relatively traditional affair, why not book out a local bar and enjoy a cocktail making class before hosting a private party? Providing you can clear it with the bar or event space, photo booth hire is also a great idea, as you can get a little silly and have some great memories to look back on.
Lead the bridesmaid troupe
The bride herself will have a million and one things to think about in the run-up to the big day, and organizing the bridesmaids is not always one of them. Take control of the situation by leading the bridesmaids confidently, whether this is arranging dress fittings or briefing them on what it is they have to do on the day. When you see it all come together, you will realize just what a rewarding experience being a maid of honor can be.