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Wedding Tips: Maid of Honor's Responsibilities

WooHooo! You’ve been asked to be your best friend’s honor attendant! You’ve accepted this duty in all the excitement of receiving the news but you have no idea what’s next. Never fear, we’re here to help fill you in on the responsibilities of this special role.

Some specific duties of a Maid or Matron of Honor include helping the bride choose the bridemaids’ dresses and making sure each bridesmaid has one, organizing the selection and purchase of the bridesmaids gift to the bride, and offering assistance through all the preparations. The Honor attendant could offer to help go on errands for the bride, go shopping with the bride, help address invitations or make calls, and host or organize a pre-wedding wedding party with the help of all the bridesmaids. During the ceremony, the Maid of Honor holds the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s ring and will sign the marriage certificate as a witness. At the reception, the Maid of Honor should always be available to help and to make guests feel welcome. This could include gathering guests for the bouquet toss, getting people on the dance floor, and helping the bride change out of her dress into going away clothes if she has them.  

In addition to being supportive through the process of planning and on the wedding day itself, there are some financial responsibilities. Attendants are responsible for purchasing their wedding clothes and accessories, arranging and paying for their transportation (the wedding hosts should provide hotel accommodations if necessary), and for buying a personal gift or contributing to a group gift from the bridal party to the couple.
Congratulations, it is an honor to be asked to participate in the bridal party! Have fun celebrating the bride by being an active helper and eager assistant in addition to being her best friend. J

Here are the sources I used to compose this article:

“Attendants.” Emily Post. The Emily Post Institute Inc. 2013. Web. 12 June 2013. <>
Lach, Pamela A. The Brides Etiquette Guide: Etiquette Made Easy. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1998. Print


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