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Maid of Honor 101 from the Wedding Planner at HideAway Country Inn, Mid Ohio outdoor wedding venue

By Rachel Kerr

August 6, 2012

Maid of Honor 101 from the Wedding Planner at HideAway Country Inn, Mid Ohio outdoor wedding venue

This past weekend I was out with my best friend sipping wine when she popped the big question: will you be my maid of honor? I quickly shouted yes and was thrilled. My next thought was, “I have no idea what this entails.” Do I plan her bachelorette party? Do I have to give a speech!? Am I involved in the wedding planning? To understand exactly what is expected of me and to help others out, I put together a “Maid of Honor 101” to serve as a guide.

First, each bride is different. Communication is key to knowing what the bride expects from you. Some brides want a personal assistant who will be there for their beck and call while others have a much more laid back approach and may just need a pep talk the day of. Either way, here is a list of the traditional maid of honors roles pre wedding and day of.

PRE-WEDDING Activities in Ohio
1) Help the bride look at various venues for the wedding. Helping her to select outdoor wedding venues or centrally located venues.
2) Assist the bride with choosing her wedding invitations as well as addressing the invites.
3) Help with décor and timelines for decoration arrivals for the wedding, shower and bachelorette party.
4) Help the bride shop for her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses.
5) Some grooms don’t want to register with their bride-to-be. You can help your friend register for wedding gifts and letting guests know where the bride and groom are registered.
6) Help with the seating arrangement as this can be a difficult process especially with larger weddings.
7) Host and plan the bridal shower as well as the bachelorette party.
8) Help keep order, communication and organization with the other bridesmaids.
9) Attend and help during the rehearsal dinner.
10) Attend as many/all bridal fairs that the bride wishes you to such as cake and catering tasting.


WEDDING DAY
1) Create a “maid of honor checklist” that includes things like bobby pins, hair spray, tissues, etc to be prepared on the big day.
2) Assist the bride with her dress, veil and make up.
3) Visit the reception room and party room to make sure there are no problems.
4) Make a toast/speech during the wedding party.
5) Provide moral support and be a great listener! This is a very emotional day and you can make a huge difference.


Check back next week on tips for planning the bachelorette party!
Have any tips we didn’t cover? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear your advice!

Jessica our wedding planner at HideAway Country Inn is happy to assist you be the best Maid of Honor possible!

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