Responsibilities of Your Maid of Honor

The maid of honor at your wedding plays a particularly important role.  She is there to help with tasks big and small, calm your nerves when you feel emotionally unstable, and keep the energy positive.  So, be selective with who you ask to take on this responsibility. Here is a list of items your maid of honor will tackle on and before your wedding day.

Host a bridal shower
Many brides have a pre-wedding shower for friends and family to bring gifts before the event. While some gatherings may call for a collection of registry selections, others have a particular theme in mind. Typically, the maid of honor will host at least one of these events. She will help coordinate the guest list, arrange refreshments, and keep of log of what you receive. Most importantly, she is there to help you create positive memories leading up to your wedding day.

Lead the bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids will need to order dresses, attend fittings, show up to certain events, and host a bachelorette party. Your maid of honor is there to lead the way. She can make sure all your ladies have taken care of these details and are there to help you with any extra task thrown your way.

Be your crutch
Inevitably, something will go wrong, which is okay. Your maid of honor is there to help fix any given situation, but also to keep you calm. You have enough stress already so leave the extra burden up to her. It is her job after all!

Outside of unexpected hiccups, she is also there to take over the tedious tasks and details that you shouldn’t stress over. She will even be by your side at the altar to hold your bouquet while you say your vows and fix the train on your dress as you walk down the aisle.

Sign the marriage license
One important, traditional task your maid of honor has the privilege of participating in is the witnessing of your marriage license. Her memory will be with you, documented forever!

Wedding wrap-up
As you take off for your honeymoon, your maid of honor will stay behind to make sure the gifts are taken safely to your home, any items you left behind are collected, and any rental items are returned. It is time for you to simply relax.

 

Unique and Fun Bridal Shower Ideas

Hosting a bridal shower is such a fantastic way to honor the bride before her special day.  It is the perfect opportunity for wedding gifts, extra girl time, and celebration! Here are a few ideas to make this festivity fun.

Be sure to feast

Do ladies ever need an excuse for extra treats?  Jazz up your shower with plenty of snacks and fruity drinks.  Finger sandwiches, cheese trays, fondue, fruits, vegetables, and pastas are easy to prepare and always please the crowd.  Don’t forget to include a few simple desserts too.  Offer your guests a little bubbly to share; after all, this is a celebration.  When everyone has had their fill of treats, make sure you add in time to toast the bride.  Think of a way to honor her engagement and share in her excitement.

Play some games

Yes, let the games begin!  Some guests may groan a little, but here are a few ideas that everyone can enjoy.

Say “Yes” to the Dress
Divide the guests into teams of 2 or more and use toilet paper to create the perfect wedding dress!  Each team will wrap the paper around one willing participant in a way that fashions their best gown.  The bride gets to choose which one she favors at the end!

How well do you really know the groom?
Allow each guest to ask the groom a question of their choosing prior to the shower.  Write down his answers and ask the bride the collection of questions in front of the group.  The bride must answer them all to find out how well she really knows her husband-to-be.

Date Idea Mason Jar
This idea is good for guests who are not so interested in interactive games.  Decorate a mason jar for the couple that can hold popsicle sticks. Ask each guest to fill out one or two sticks with a date idea that the couple might enjoy once they have tied the knot.  Send the final product home with the bride as a bonus gift!

Open gifts!

Give the bride plenty of time to open her gifts and get excited over the latest items her and the groom will share. Be sure to keep a list of what she receives to help her thank everyone when the party is over.  Don’t place too much attention on one item, be sure to move the gifts along so every gift is appreciated equally.

Most importantly, make the shower a celebration!  This is a special event that will bring so much joy to the bride while she is in the midst of planning for her wedding.