If you’ve recently been crowned Maid of Honor in your BFFs wedding, CONGRATULATIONS! The title doesn’t lie. It truly is such an honor to stand next to your best girl on her wedding day! If you’re now wondering how to be the best Maid of Honor you can possibly be, I’ve got a few tips and tricks for ya!
Honestly, this point deserves its own blog (send this blog post to your BFF bride to help her out!). Long story short, wedding dress shopping usually involves a lot of opinions (sometimes unwanted ones). If the bride invites you along, make sure you’re there as a listening ear and to amplify her voice. Of course your opinion matters to her, but it’s your main job to make sure her desires are heard.
If you’re not used to public speaking, this can be a hard one. But, I promise you have it in you! Rest assured, the only people that truly matter when writing this speech is the bride and groom. Your main goal doesn’t have to be making everyone in the room laugh. Speak from the heart, hype them up (especially your best girl) and keep things short and sweet. If you accomplish all that, I promise you’ll nail it!
This might sound intimidating, but it’s one of the most fun parts of being the Maid of Honor! There are a few different routes you can take with this one. You can plan alongside the bride, or keep it all a surprise! Plan something local, or schedule a getaway trip (if it’s in everyone’s budget, of course)! Plan a wild party, or keep things chill and relaxed (you know the bride best!). Whichever way you plan it, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your fellow bridesmaids. They love the bride and hopefully want to help too!
Naturally, engagement season can be emotionally taxing on the bride and groom. As the Maid of honor (and BFF), this is your calling to be an extra helpful source of emotional support for the couple. Lend a listening ear, offer as much empathy as you can and just let them experience all those natural emotions that accompany getting married!
Leading a group of best friends might sound fun and easy, but it’s a big responsibility! Try to be a source of knowledge for the rest of the bridesmaids about all things wedding related. This will help take a source of stress off the bride! Make sure they all know the role they play on the day-of and are prepared to stick to it!
As the bride’s best friend, you’ll likely be asked your opinion on a number of wedding related details or decisions. You’re her closest confidant (aside from her future husband) and your opinion really matters to her! You don’t just have to be her “yes” man the entire time. If she asks, be honest, kind and supportive – she will thank you for it!
Bustling the bride’s dress is arguably the hardest part of any wedding night. Many go into the dress bustling extremely confident, only to find they have no idea how it really works…Make sure you master the bustle before her big day! I’d recommend practicing a few times beforehand!
Every bride needs to take a break from wedding planning now and again. Plan a day or night out for just the two of you! Or, help her fiancé to do the same! Get away from all the stressful decisions and just have some fun.
You can be the first person (besides maybe a wedding planner or coordinator) that she asks for help on the big day! Carry some spare bobby pins, powder or lip gloss. Make sure she drinks enough water and has a snack while getting ready! Do anything you can to make the day stress-free for your BFF!
One of my favorite tips is to have the Maid of Honor carry around the bride’s phone for the day and document what’s happening! The bride doesn’t have to worry about keeping up with her phone. And, at the end of the day, she has tons of great behind-the-scenes photos and videos of her awesome wedding!
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