Being named a maid of honor is an important role to play in a bride’s upcoming nuptials. Because you’re the maid of honor, you want her big day to be as special as possible, and you want the lead-up to the big day to be as smooth as possible.
How to Be an Amazing Maid of Honor to Your Friend
Here are some tips to help you be the best maid of honor for your friend.
Offer Your Help Making Big Wedding Decisions
Make no mistake, each element of a wedding costs money. Believe it or not, the average couple spends around $1,500 on flowers alone. So, what can you do as a maid of honor? You can help your friend with her wedding planning by creating handy checklists. You can help her organize her thoughts and be a person she can bounce ideas off of. You can really help by remembering all the little things she might forget in the midst of focusing on bigger things, like food, the venue, and wedding flowers.
Be a Listening Ear
Weddings are supposed to be things of beauty and a time for fun, but planning a wedding and making sure everything is perfect can be stressful. One of the best things you can do as a maid of honor is to be a listening ear when the bride needs it. Whether she needs to vent about work or wedding planning or share something exciting, you can just be there and listen to her. You can offer advice if you’re asked, but just listening without interjecting can really help calm her in stressful times.
Plan Memorable Events for the Bride
One of the biggest things you can do for your friend as the maid of honor is to plan a memorable bachelorette party. This is the chance to focus on the bride and celebrate her beauty, her personality, her friends, and everything great about her. You don’t need to do a full-blown destination party, but you can plan a fun and memorable bachelorette weekend with fun games and activities for the whole bridal party.
Say, for example, you’re planning a bachelorette party at the lake. Have some custom T-shirts printed for everyone to wear. That industry is projected to be worth more than $6 billion by 2027 and is a fun way to give everyone a memento of the event. Plan a boat rental for some fun on the water and make sure to have all the necessities for lounging by the lake, including beach chairs, music, and good food.
Get the Other Bridesmaids Involved
As the maid of honor, there’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, but that doesn’t mean the bridesmaids can’t be involved too. Before wedding planning gets too much underway, arrange a meet-and-greet for the bridal party. Planning a dinner or a fun event like an escape room can help you all bond to be the best party you all can be for your friend. They can also help with important things like designing wedding invitations, creating a wedding registry, and making use of their talents. For example, if a bridesmaid has a graphic design background, they could help create the invitations. If a bridesmaid is a music buff, have her make a draft of a potential wedding playlist.
Help Your Friend Relax Before Her Big Day
Even though a wedding day can be a thing of beauty, there’s a chance your friend will be nervous. As she’s getting ready, reassure her that everything is going to be perfect, and help her with any last-minute needs. With 40% of homeowners using their bathrooms to relax and steady their nerves, draw your friend a bubble bath with relaxing music to calm her the night before her big day. Reminisce about the good times you’ve had together to keep the days leading up to her wedding light and fun.
Being a maid of honor is exactly that: a great honor! By doing everything you can to help your friend before and during her big day, you’ll make her feel special and loved for her wedding.