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Maid of Honor Duties

Everything the MOH needs to know

Maid of honor is a special title. Traditionally a sister or closest friend, the MOH is the bride-to-be’s right hand woman and go-to-gal for all things wedding. By her side throughout the planning process to the big day, this is an incredibly fun and honorable role! Wondering what the job description entails? We’re sharing all of the maid of honor duties you should know.

Before the Wedding

Be there for the bride.

The most important duty as maid of honor is being a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, or comedic relief to the bride throughout this exciting (and sometimes stressful) journey. Communication between the two of you will be key, so after you accept your role as MOH, discuss how much and what kind of support you can offer the bride-to-be.

Go wedding dress shopping.

Choosing the dress is an exciting wedding planning milestone! Accompany her to the appointment and give her honest feedback about the different styles she is trying on based on what you know she is looking for or feels comfortable in. Take pictures to celebrate the fun day and checking off a major wedding to-do!

Find the bridesmaid looks.

Time to decide on the maid of honor and bridesmaid dresses! The bride should decide her vision for her party – whether she wants everyone to match, everyone to mismatch, or just have the maid of honor in her own special look. Book a bridal party appointment and get the girls together to find the perfect dresses and colors for everyone. For maids who may live out of town, you can shop virtually or give her a specific style/color she can purchase at her local David’s Bridal.

Communicate with the rest of the party.

The bride-to-be has a lot of decisions and planning on her hands, so the maid of honor should be the main point of contact for the rest of the bridesmaids. Whether it is confirming dresses were ordered, sharing wedding weekend plans, delegating their bridesmaid duties, or even mediating conflict, the MOH should keep the squad informed and intact.

Plan the bachelorette party and bridal shower.

Let the celebration begin! The maid of honor should lead the planning of the bach party and bridal shower. Coordinate details like timing, location options, who/how to pay, and event itinerary. And don’t hesitate to lean on and delegate tasks to the rest of the bridal party! During these events, MOH should keep track of gifts the bride receives so appropriate thank yous can be sent out later.

Assist with decor.

As the big day approaches, maid of honor duties include helping with any DIY decor (make a fun day out of it with the bride!), gathering any special decorations, and making sure everything arrives at the venue the day-of or day before the wedding.

Day-of the Wedding

Getting ready.

Wedding day hair, makeup, and getting dressed typically starts first thing in the morning – be the bride’s alarm clock to ensure she is ready when she needs to be! Plus, the maid of honor should lend a helping hand to the bride, from making sure her dress, accessories, jewelry, and undergarments are laid out in advance to fixing any smudges from post-makeup mimosas. Keep an eye out all night long too, she will appreciate being told about a twisted necklace or stray flyaways on her most photographed day!

Keep the bride hydrated.

Full of excitement and big-day jitters, the bride truly might forget to drink water or eat some breakfast. Remind her to hydrate throughout the day to keep her energy up (and hopefully avoid a hangover at brunch the next day). Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated, too!

Hold the Bouquet & Partner’s Ring.

During the ceremony, the maid of honor should offer to hold the bride’s bouquet after she gets to the altar. After the ceremony, hand them back before the couple retreats back down the aisle. Also, the MOH may be responsible for holding the partner’s ring – guard that with your life!

Give a toast.

As one of the most special woman in the bride’s life, it is customary for you to give a toast at the reception. Be sure to prepare ahead of time, making notes months in advance of special memories, funny moments, and how you knew the couple were perfect for each other. Closer to the big day, practice delivering your speech out loud a few times to finalize exactly what you want to say.

Have fun!

This is a special day for you too, so don’t forget to have fun with your best friend or sister on her wedding day! So dance the night away in celebration of an amazing day and a job well done!

Being prepared to tackle these maid of honor duties will set you, the bride, and everyone up for wedding day success! See our guide for more bridesmaid inspiration, plus start shopping for your look online or at your local David’s Bridal.

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