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Maid of Honor Guide

What does a maid or matron of honor do, and how do you distinguish her from the rest of your bridal party? We put together some maid of honor ideas to help you figure out her role—and her style.

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Maid of Honor Duties

Maid of honor duties can include helping plan the engagement party or bachelorette party, keeping track of shower gifts, wrangling bridesmaids, and giving a toast at the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. She's your trusted advisor, and she'll make sure everything goes smoothly, even fluffing your dress's train so it looks perfect in photos. (Married friend? Matron of honor duties are the same!)

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Maid of Honor Style

You can easily set your maid of honor apart from your bridesmaids by varying her dress style, color, or fabric. For example, she could wear a beaded bridesmaid dress, or add a sash to her look. With all the support she's giving you, it's nice to give her first dibs on her favorite look! And if your maid of honor is a sister who's younger, a junior bridesmaid dress will fit right in, and fit her just right.

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Maid of Honor Gifts

The wedding gift from the maid of honor to the bride and groom is often something personal since she knows you better than anyone. Return her thoughtfulness with a personalized gift that shows how much you appreciate friendship—not just on the wedding day, but every day.

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