Your best friend has asked you to be her maid of honour – it’s the ultimate compliment. You are flattered and excited. But being maid of honour means much more than your friend telling you that you are her favourite. It’s like having another job, but a job that doesn’t come with a job description. But don’t fear, as we have put together a checklist of your responsibilities.
Help find the venue
One of the most important parts of the day is the venue. Venue visits can be great fun and if the bride wants you to come along you’ll more than likely have to help find some venues to suggest. Here at Landed Houses we have a great selection of special venues to make her big day one to remember.
Plan the hen party
Give the bride a hen party to remember. Whilst you will want to surprise your best friend, you will still need to get a good idea of what she wants. Some people want to go down the traditional route of partying the night away, however others may be hoping for something more low-key, such as a spa day. Make sure there are a few surprises along the way – goody bags for all of the attendees work a treat.
Help with all of the little days
There are lots of little details that go into planning a wedding. From the invitations to the table centrepieces, it can seem never ending. You’ll need to give the bride-to-be a helping hand with this.
Help shop for dresses
You will need to accompany the bride-to-be on her wedding dress shopping trips. Be honest and enthusiastic. You may need to go to a few wedding fairs as well.
Communicate between the bride-to-be and bridesmaids
It is your job to convey your best friend’s wants and wishes for her big day, as well as all of the parties and planning that come beforehand. You are the official liaison between all people on the bride’s side.
Sort out transportation
You will be responsible for the transport for the big day. Your responsibilities do not end once the wedding day arises. In fact, they have only just begun. Your time management and organisational skills will be put to the test, as you will need to make sure the couple don’t cross paths until they get to the wedding venue. If the groom is running late you’ll need to do the standard journey around the block.
Hold the bride’s bouquet while the couple exchange vows
This point is pretty self-explanatory. She’ll need her hands free to exchange rings.
Bring an emergency kit
Unfortunately, little emergencies often arise on the big day, and little emergencies seem like massive catastrophes on such a special and important occasion. So you’ll want to bring an emergency kit along with you. What should this consist of? Bobby spins, safety pins, plasters, sewing kits, aspirin, snacks, deodorant, mints, tweezers and scissors… literally anything you think may come in useful.
Get everyone on the dancefloor
Make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and having fun. No one likes an empty dancefloor on a wedding – so get everyone up dancing.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of your responsibilities as a maid of honour. There is a lot to do, but it’s all about making the occasion easier and enjoyable for the bride-to-be, so if you achieve that you know you have done a good job.