By Abigail Veitch
Being the maid of honor is a huge privilege, which comes with even bigger responsibilities. As the brides right hand woman, it’s the MOH job to stress so the bride doesn’t have to.
The shower is the first huge event that needs serious planning, but doesn’t necessarily have to be over the top. There’s ways to throw a great shower without completely breaking the bank. A back yard shower can be just as meaningful as going out to a fancy restaurant. It’s about having the bride and grooms loved ones to celebrate (and of course help furnish their new home). Also, the tradition of bridal showers being a surprise is unnecessary. The bride obviously knows it’s coming, so why not let her be in the loop so it can be just the way she wants it.
A MOH is the leader of the bridal party and therefore in charge of making sure each bridesmaid has everything they need in order and knows what’s going on. Checking that everyone’s dresses are ready, that they’re all at rehearsal on time and have a places to stay are the MOH job.
Maybe the most important responsibility of a MOH is to listen and help plan. The brides word is law and it’s the MOH job to enforce the law. Any errand running the bride needs done or setting up is up to the MOH. The MOH should be the most crazed person the day of and preparing for the wedding.
The final responsibility of the MOH is the speech. It’s important to come from the heart and to be yourself. Contrary to popular belief the goal isn’t to make everyone cry so don’t get carried away in being sappy just for the effect. This being said more often than not speeches can get emotional, so it’s a good idea for MOHs to have at least a written outline in case of getting wrapped up in the moment.