Checklist for Your Maid of Honor
Checklist for Your Maid of HonorSee the suggested tasks for your maid of honor so you can agree on your expectations.
Author: Kristy Texon
Listed in Sections: Wedding Ceremony
Tags: wedding, ceremony, entourage, maid of honor
A friend or relative may feel flattered when you ask her to be your maid of honor for the wedding, but you both have to realize that the role entails responsibilities, too. We've listed a maid of honor's responsibilities to help you and your maid of honor set expectations for the entire process. Or, if you haven't chosen your maid of honor yet, see the common tasks so you can pick the best person for the role.
Common tasks of the maid of honor before the wedding day:
- Coordinate with other entourage members for wedding attire
If you'll be having a seamstress dress up your bridal entourage, you can ask your maid of honor to assist in coordinating with other entourage members. Or if you'll be allowing your girls to pick out their own dresses (provided they keep to your theme, of course), your maid of honor can help you in informing them of your preferences.
- Call up guests and take note of guests' RSVP response
With all the wedding preparations that you have to address, contacting all the guests may be too much for you. Ask your maid of honor if she can be a point person for guests who RSVP--if she'll allow you to, you can put her contact details on your wedding invitation.
- Organize a bridal shower
Planning a wedding is challenging, and you probably won't have enough time to organize another get-together. Fret not; it's really your maid of honor's duty to throw you a bridal shower with the help of your close family and friends.
- Help you coordinate with suppliers
If you don't have a wedding coordinator to help you out with your wedding preparations, you can ask your maid of honor to lend a hand (if she's up to the task). You can ask her to accompany you when you're meeting with suppliers, and even help you deal with them during the negotiation phase. In case of minor problems on your big day, the suppliers can approach her instead.
- Accompany you when shopping for shoes, underwear, and other bridal accessories if needed
Shopping is a good excuse to bond with your maid of honor, so don't hesitate to ask her come with you when you scout for essentials for the wedding--after all, it's unlikely that she'll say no to a shopping trip. You can also ask for her honest opinion when trying out items.
Common tasks of the maid of honor on the wedding day:
- Help you put on your gownYour gown might not be in the easiest thing to put on. Ask your maid of honor to accompany you on one of your fittings so that she'll know how to help you get dressed for the big day.
- Assist you with your trainAfter she's helped you get dressed, your maid of honor will also help you maneuver your way around the venue in your gown. A dress with a long train might be tricky to wear, and it will help a lot if your maid of honor is keeping you from tripping on your gown's hem. Moreover, your gown will also look better in photos if she constantly checks if the train is spread out behind you.
- Tote your wedding emergency kitYou need to pack a wedding emergency kit to address any minor mishaps on your wedding day. Since you won't be holding your bridal bag as you walk down the aisle (you'll be holding your bouquet!), ask your maid of honor to carry your belongings.
- Address last-minute issues with suppliers (in case you don't have a planner/coordinator)The last thing you want to do on your wedding is fuss over small details. If your maid of honor knows the arrangements you've made with suppliers, ask her to address minor concerns and decide on your behalf.
- Sign your marriage contract as a witness if needed
Your maid of honor has been with you throughout the process of planning your wedding, and if you want her to have an official--and documented--role in your marriage as well, you can ask her to sign your marriage contract as a witness.
- Mingle with guestsIt might be hard for you to spend quality time with every guest on your wedding--all that you might manage to do is say a quick hello to your guests. If your maid of honor is up to the task, she can serve as one of your hosts. Ask her to mingle with your guests and help foster a warm atmosphere on your wedding day.
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