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Maid of Honor, The Best Friend You Will Ever Have

Updated on January 18, 2016
Bride and Maid of Honor, Best Friends Forever
Bride and Maid of Honor, Best Friends Forever | Source

Maid of Honor Duties

The duties are Maid of Honor is possibly the most demanding of all involved in the wedding, except, of course, the bride's duties. The Maid of Honor is the right hand of the bride. She will depend heavily on her to help make sure that everything goes perfectly on that special day. Being chosen as a Maid of Honor is the highest compliment and a great honor. A Maid or Matron of Honor needs to be dependable, levelheaded and creative.

  • Help the bride pick out her wedding dress.
  • Help pick out bridesmaid dresses and accessories.
  • Pay for own dress and accessories.
  • Host Bridal Shower with the help of the bridesmaids.
  • Attend all prenuptial parties.
  • Plan the Bachelorette party, if there is to be one.
  • Help the bride address the wedding invitations
  • Schedule appointments for alterations for bridesmaid dresses.
  • Make sure the bridesmaids keep fitting appointments, rehearsal schedule, and any other duty the bride wishes them to perform.
  • Write the Maid of Honor speech.
  • Help bride make favors.
  • If there is a flowergirl and/or a ringbearer, make sure they know what is expected of them.
  • Attend rehersal and rehersal dinner.
  • Help bride get dressed for the wedding.
  • Sign the Marriage Certificate.
  • Hold the Bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Assist the photographer with identifying the members of the wedding party.
  • Stand in the receiving line.
  • Gather the single women for the toss of the bouquet.
  • Help bride get ready to leave for honeymoon.
  • Give moral support to the bride through the planning and during the special day.


What a beautiful Maid of Honor dress.
What a beautiful Maid of Honor dress. | Source

Maid /Matron of Honor Dresses Online

http://www.davidsbridal.com

David's Bridal has one of the most versitile collections of Maid/Maton of Honor gowns. Their dresses come in size 2 - 26 and are available in a large variety of colors and styles. They also have a wonderful selection of accessories including: shoes, jewelry, gloves, outerwear and handbags.

http://www.bestbridalprices.com/

This is a wonderful site to shop. It offers gowns from such designers as After Six, Da Vinci, Forever Yours, Private Label, and many more. The gowns are available in sizes 00 - 30W and you can choose from over 70 colors. They also have a wide selection of accessories available such as: gifts for each member of the wedding party, flower baskets, keepsakes, jewelry, and slips.


Writing the Maid of Honor Speech

Keep in mind when giving your speech that not only are you speaking for the benefit of the guests but also for the bride and groom. Share your fondest memories of these two special people.

Make sure you begin writing your speech early enough to be able to read it through, make changes that might be needed and to practice giving the speech. Writing in advance gives you the chance to collect your thoughts and speak to others about their own special memories. Maybe one of their memories will remind bring back a memory of your own that has been forgotten. Waiting until the bitter end to prepare your speech can lead to writer's block.

Make sure you make it personal with special memories and include the sentiment of how glad you are to be so personally involved in their special day. Start out with how the bride and groom met, how everyone watched them fall in love, and how perfect they are for each other.Let everyone know how much you love them and how happy you are for them. Now is the time to tell a short humorous story about them and make sure you end with a wish for their future successful relationship.

Try to keep it short. A good Maid of Honor speech should last no longer than 5 to 6 minutes. If it will help, jot down a few key points that will help you along incase you need it.

Try to keep a calm front. If you imagine yourself as being calm it will help keep you from becoming overly nervous. It is a rare person who does not feel stage fright, just remember why you are here, who you are giving the speech for, and enjoy yourself. Pretend you are speaking directly to the two most important people of the evening. After all, if it weren't for them you wouldn't be there.

Giving the Speech:

  • Make eye contact
  • Share some personal information but know when enough is enough.
  • Smile
  • Make sure you have not had too much to drink.
  • Make sure you wish the couple luck
  • Let them know how happy you are to have been included in their special day.


Gift Ideas for Maid/Matron of Honor

  • Maid of Honor picture frame
  • Maid of Honor Tank Top
  • personalized cosmetic bag
  • Maid of Honor totebag
  • Maid of Honor keepsake box
  • Maid of Honor candle
  • personalized candle
  • personalized tote bag
  • personalized keepsake box
  • personalized jewelry box
  • personalized journal
  • Maid of Hornor journal
  • personalized photo album
  • Maid of Honor photo album
  • engraved memory frame
  • heart pendant
  • ankle bracelet
  • bracelet with a Maid of Honor charm
  • pearl drop earrings
  • heart toggle locket
  • for a Christmas wedding - a maid of honor ornament
  • Maid of Honor bobblehead

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Sample Maid of Honor toasts

Toast to Couple

To the bride and groom, may the love you share today be one day seen as small, compared to the love you will feel ten years from now, fifty years from now. May you continue to grow in love and as individuals and may this day just be the start of how big your love can grow.

.Toast to Bride

A toast to the bride who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it. I hope your wedding day is perfect and your marriage is all that you dreamed.

Toast to Groom:

To (Groom), who through his love has shown me a different side of (Bride.) He had made her happier than I have ever seen her, and I can't wit to witness how your love continues to help her grow. I am so happy she has you in her life.

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Funny Maid of Honor Speech

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Pinkchic. Everytime I write a wedding article I remember my daughters weddings in the recent past and think about the one coming up in the spring.

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Wonderful hub :) I love reading about weddings and such, this just brings back good memories of my wedding. My older sister was my maid of honor and did such a wonderful job. Great tips you give here!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Susan, I'm happy to help. I'm sure it will be a lovely wedding.

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      SUSANJK 6 years ago from Florida

      Good information. My daughter is getting married and I am going to give this to her to read. Thanks

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      SUZY, Thanks. I have three daughters - I have had to gather wedding information. I'm happy when someone else finds it useful.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks my boyfriend ignores me. I am so glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Great hub. Thanks for the information.

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      my boyfriend ignores me 6 years ago

      awesome article..really love the picture above..

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rhonda, you're so right. There is more to the job of Maid of Honor than meets the eye.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks crystolite. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great photos and an awesome hub. No body realizes the duties that are involved. Voted up.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice article in here for maid of honors.So much love the videos

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, glad I could potentially help.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela, I needed to be well versed in the duties of the various wedding party members. I have three daughters. Thanks for the comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Patty. Coming from you that great praise.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Awesome advice. I'm bookmarking this for future reference. If any of my friends ask me to be their maid of honor some day, I'll know exactly what to do!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a very thorough hub. I agree with Patty that I've been to some weddings it could have used this list. Voted/rated up.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is an amazing listing of duties and how to perform them. Rated Up, others and shared. I've seen many wedding parties that could have used this help, so I am saving it as well.