What are the duties of a Maid of Honor? We went to the ultimate source to find a comprehensive answer for you. Emily's Post's Wedding Etiquette lists the following responsibilities for the Maid of Honor:
- Help the bride choose the bridesmaids' attire.
- Help address invitations and place cards.
- Attend as many prenuptial events as possible.
- Organizes bridesmaids' gift to the bride; usually gives an individual gift to the couple as well.
- Makes sure that all the bridesmaids, the flower girl and ring bearer are at fittings, the rehearsal, and the ceremony on time.
- Is expected to attend the rehearsal and is included at the rehearsal dinner.
- Takes part in the processional and recessional
- Hold the ring which the bride will present to the groom.
- Helps maintain the brides gown before, during, and after the ceremony. This includes helping her change out of it if she plans to change into going-away clothing.
- Ensures that the bridal gown and accessories are well cared for after the wedding and until the bride is able to have them attended to.
- Arranges the bride's veil and train for the processional, recessional and photography.
- During the ceremony the maid of honor holds the bride's bouquet.
- Is a witness to the signing of the marriage certificate.
- If a receiving line is used, the Maid of Honor usually stands in it.
- Is responsible for making sure the bride adheres to the schedule.
- The maid of the honor is expected to pay for her own wedding attire and transportation to the wedding.
- While the maid of honor isn't required to host the bridal shower. Ms. Post notes that the family of the bride is not to do it. This generally leaves the attendants (of which the maid of honor is the head attendant) to throw the shower. We suggest that the maid of honor co-host the bridal shower.
- Most bachelorette parties are hosted by the maid of honor.