Modern weddings are full of symbolic rituals and a number of key players, including the maid of honor, are given particular assignments or titles for the wedding. Primarily, the principal players in every wedding are the bride and the groom. They are the ones who assign people to fulfill certain roles or titles.

The groom’s best friend and best buddy is named the best man. His counter part, the bride’s reliable maiden friend, is the maid of honor.

Why maid of honor? Because in old wedding traditions, brides were expected to be virgins. The old and conservative world had it that virginity equaled honor. Thus, the maid of honor is a person who helps the bride retain the big V, which in times past was given as the primary and best gift a bride could give to her new husband.

Responsibilities given to the maid of honor

All little girls dream to be brides someday. However, some want to be maid of honor first before finally hitting it big as the bride-to-be.

Being maid of honor can be a fashionable experience. However, there are some responsibilities or expectations desired from her. The following list will enumerate sixteen of the most common duties the maid of honor should be held accountable for during the wedding planning and ceremony. These tasks are not to be taken lightly and careful consideration should be given to whom you, as the bride-to-be, choose to fill this important role.

1. The maid of honor should help the bride address and distribute all wedding invitations to the guests. Sometimes, maid of honors are also required to attend to the wedding announcements.

2. In adherence to traditional wedding etiquette, maid-of-honors must try to attend to all the prenuptial parties. Of course, she should not be there during stag parties, unless she has totally gone nuts!

3. If possible, it would be sweet if the maid of honor organizes the bridal shower for the soon-to-be bride. The bridal shower is attended by hand-picked female friends and family members of the bride and groom. The shower is normally paid for by the bride’s side of the family and can include a sit down meal. The attendees are expected to bring a gift for the bride-to-be.

4. Oftentimes, the maid of honor organizes a bachelorette party a few days before the wedding. The bachelorette party is usually an overnight affair with the female bridal party members. The cost of the party and accommodations are shared among the attendees.

5. Wedding etiquette has it that the bride should be assisted by the maid of honor when searching for and buying the wedding dress.

6. The maid of honor should make it one of her duties to see that the bride’s demands or designs suggested for her dress are executed by the alterations seamstress.

7. As a sign of good breeding and professionalism, the maid of honor is expected to arrive on time during fitting appointments and rehearsals and any other dates assigned by the bride.

8. She should deal with florists for the supply of rose petals that would shower the bride and the groom as they leave the church or the altar. The maid-of-honor also makes sure that the flower girl is present and instructs her on what to do with the flowers.

9. On the wedding day, it is strictly written in all wedding etiquette guides that the maid-of-honor arrives at the wedding venue, usually a church, early enough so that she can still assist the bride and the bridesmaids when they are dressing. Be at least 2 hours ahead of everyone else.

10. She is responsible for briefing the best man about his responsibilities and to cooperate and coordinate with him.

11. The maid of honor should be kind to hold the wedding bouquet when the ceremony gets to the part when the bride and groom exchange rings. Do not forget to return the bouquet to the bride after that event or before walking down the aisle as a newly married couple.

12. She must assist the bride during any symbolic rites in the ceremony. Keeping the bride’s train and dress from being a tripping hazard and beautifully following the bride’s movements is a must. Maintaining the proper flow and appearance of the bride’s wedding dress train during the wedding and when she goes to the receiving line is of utmost importance.

13. During double ring ceremonies, which seldom happen, she should carry the groom’s ring and hand it to the officiating minister.

14. The maid of honor should follow traditions and wedding etiquettes to coordinate with the official wedding photographer and assist him or her in identifying the entourage. Candid shots can be ethical as long as the pictures do not put the persons involved in compromising and awkward situations.

15. She and the best man should be the witnesses of the signing of the marriage certificate.

16. The maid of honor is expected to stand with the couple in the receiving line. To show proper wedding etiquette, she should traditionally stand to the groom’s left side and the bridesmaids should stand to her left.

Parting words for your maid of honor search

The bride’s maid of honor has a great responsibility in making sure that the wedding events go smoothly and elegantly and providing a wonderful experience for the bride. Your maid of honor should be mature enough to handle the important tasks expected of her. It is a position of honor for her and importance for you so choose wisely. She should operate as she would expect her own maid of honor to perform when it’s time for her to be the bride. If she serves you as she would expect to be served, the wedding occasion will turn out great!

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