There are several maid of honor responsibilities that come with your position. But don’t be anxious or stressed! We will let you know everything you need to know about maid of honor duties and bridesmaid duties!
Maid of Honor Responsibilities
As the head of the bridal party, you are the first port of call for any issues the bride may have, and it might be a good idea to have a maid of honor checklist to cover all possible concerns. This includes fun activities and responsibilities, such as attending dress fittings and maybe even getting to taste a few wedding cakes, but there are also certain maid of honor duties that require a lot of foresight and planning. Maid of honor responsibilities also include giving toast at the reception, and we can help you out with some great maid of honor speech examples here! The bridal shower and bachelorette party are the most intensive events that you will need to plan, so start prepping early! While you can call on the bridesmaids for some assistance and input, you should be in charge of the general running of these events.
The bridal shower is, traditionally, a female-only event and should take place a few months before the wedding. Guests may include the bride’s family, co-workers, and other friends, and gifts might center around spa packages, beauty accessories, and other assorted items that will help the bride relax and prepare in the months leading up to the wedding. There may be a separate registry for the bridal shower, or guests may be asked to buy off the general wedding registry, especially if they will be unable to make the wedding itself. Make sure to get all of this information from the bride so you can include it on the invitations! Typically, the guests often play silly and fun games that are related to weddings and brides. Depending on the make-up of the guest list, these games can be more or less risqué! Some potential games include ‘famous wives’, where each guest has the name of a famous wife on a card on their forehead and has to ask other guests questions to figure out who she is, and a game called ‘wedding jewels’, where each guest gets a piece of plastic jewelry at the start of the shower and if they’re caught saying the words ‘wedding’ or ‘bride’, they must give this jewelry to another guest: the guest with the most pieces of jewelry at the end of the shower wins!
The location of the bridal shower can be up to you – do be mindful that the costs of being in a wedding can add up quickly, so if you’re planning an extravagant bachelorette party with the girls, maybe keep things a bit more casual for the bridal shower. If you’re hosting at a local restaurant, you may be able to get a good deal on a set menu or hors d’oeuvre platters, and if you’re hosting at someone’s house then maybe consider using a great local caterer or getting a custom-made cake for the occasion. It’s all about balancing those check books!
Some of the major bridesmaid duties revolve around the bachelorette party. While this also comes under the maid of honor responsibilities, she will need all the help she can get in planning this event! The bachelorette party is often a fun-filled, and alcohol-fueled, night that celebrates the bride’s ‘last night of freedom’, and can take place anytime in the weeks leading up to the wedding. This is a more risqué and raunchy event when compared with the bridal shower, and may include the guests dressing up to suit a particular theme: for instance, if the bride is a nurse or doctor then guests may dress in sexy scrubs and hospital gear; if her favorite film is The Breakfast Club then an 80s theme night might be in store! Games are often a fun way to get the night started, and can provide lots of entertainment on their own – one of the bridesmaid responsibilities is to come up with some fun games! One funny game is a cross between Bingo and a scavenger hunt: guests are given cards with the same tasks (such as ‘get a guy to buy you a drink’ or ‘sign up the bride for karaoke’) mixed up in different orders, like a Bingo card. Whoever completes one full row first, wins!
Now that you know what to do, you can be the best maid of honor or bridesmaid possible to the amazing and fantastic bride! Hopefully this is all the information you need to know about maid of honor responsibilities and bridesmaid duties!