Congratulations! You're best friend has asked you to be her Maid of Honor! You now have a very important job in making sure that her wedding day is perfect. Don't worry though, Right as Rayne Events is here to help you out along the way!
Now, on to the nitty gritty: What are some of your responsibilities?
Throw the Bachelorette Party
Oh, the infamous bachelorette party! A night out with your best girls to celebrate your friend's final nights as a single woman! As Maid of Honor, it is your job to plan the perfect night. Talk with the bride and get her ideas about how she would like to spend the evening. Make sure you ask if there are any "terms" or "rules" that the bride and groom have already agreed to, before you start planning. You don't want to force her to do anything that would make her or her future husband uncomfortable.
Also- think about your budget! Before you plan that expensive girls weekend, make sure that everyone can afford it. While that lavish beach vacation might sound appealing, if not all the girls can afford the trip, it won't be nearly as much fun! Think outside the box to plan something fun that everyone can be a part of. Other than those things, let your imagination run wild, girl!
Coordinate with the Other Bridesmaids
As "head bridesmaid" it is your job to coordinate with the other bridesmaids. If you all need to be at the rehearsal at a certain time, or attend a dress fitting, try to take that responsibility from your bride! Get a list of the bridesmaid's contact information as soon as possible so that you have it when you need it.
You can also delegate responsibilities to other bridesmaids when you need to! If you have too much on your plate, ask on of the other girls to take care of something for you. It is always better to go to one of the other bridesmaids before you bother the bride with another task!
Assist with Wedding Prep
There is A TON of things to accomplish before any wedding day, and your bride's head is spinning. As soon as she asks you to be her Maid of Honor, ask her what you can assist her with! Especially if your bride has not hired a wedding planer! She will need help calling vendors, scheduling appointments, and making sure that the wedding timeline is being executed to perfection.
You should also offer to attend any pre-wedding appointments that you are able to! This will help alleviate any stress off of the bride, and you will have so much fun! Wedding planning can be a blast, and it's even better when you are sharing that experience with your best friend!
Get Her Down the Aisle!
Any person can experience wedding day jitters! It is a very big step! Calm her down and remind her that she is here for a reason: to marry the love of her life. The morning of the wedding, have fun and laugh with her to take some of the pressure off. If those jitters come, you know the best way to calm her down. She chose you for a reason!
Make sure that she is ready to go when the time comes!
Give a Toast
We know that giving a toast can cause some nerves of your own! Don't worry! Again, she chose you to be her Maid of Honor for a reason. Remember that as you write your speech!
Here are some tips to think about while you are writing:
1. Reference something sweet
2. Don't ramble
3. Practice makes perfect!
4. Be aware of body language
5. Finish on a high note
We recommend starting to write your toast as soon as you know that you are going to have to give one! Take notes through out the wedding planning process. When there is a funny moment, or she talks about how much she loves her fiancé at happy hour: WRITE IT DOWN!
Be a Great Friend!
There is a reason that your friend chose you to stand with her on one of the most important days of her life! You are a great friend! Relax, because at the end of the day that's all you have to be: a great friend!