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Maid of Honor Tips

By Brittany Pumphrey

As the bride is planning her wedding, there is one person she counts on more than the groom--her maid of honor. You will be the one getting phone calls when the invitations come in a shade darker or when she's eaten one too many chocolates and the dress doesn't quite zip up. Here are a few tips to make sure the bride's process in planning goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Planning a wedding can be stressful at times. When you can tell she needs a break or a laugh, take the bride out for coffee or invite her over to watch a comedy. Reassure her that you are here for whatever she needs, from a hug, a shoulder to cry on, or a side-splitting laugh to make everything better.

  • During the wedding shower, the bride will be receiving tons of gifts for her and her future hubby. Throughout all the excitement, she won't have have time to keep track of who got her what. Keep a list of all gifts and who bought them to make her thank you note process much easier.

  • One of the few things the bride doesn't plan is the bachelorette party. This is your time to do something fun for her she won't soon forget. Remember to invite the other bridesmaids and make it unique to her so she will love it.

  • You and the bride are best friends and probably have more inside jokes than anyone. The toast maid of honors give during the rehearsal dinner is the chance to let her know just how much you love and will always be there for her.

  • The wedding bands are an important symbol of marriage. Before these are exchanged during the ceremony, keep the groom's ring with you so the bride can proudly put it on her new hubby without worrying about losing it.

  • Bride and grooms love to open their wedding gifts--whether it be those they wanted, or ones they can tell were re-gifted. Make sure her guests are aware of what the couple wants by telling them where they are registered. This way, the newlyweds will love the gifts and the guests will be happy their money was spent well.

These are just a few of the things a maid of honor must do for her bride. No one knows her like you do, so use your judgement and remember to make her day perfect just the way you both imagined.

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By Brittany Pumphrey

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