What About the ‘Maid?: Responsibilties

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. We’re kicking off a monthly series called “What About the ‘Maid?” geared toward bridesmaids to help inspire and answer any questions. In this month’s blog we talk about what your responsibilities will be when you say “I do!” to being a bridesmaid.


Responsibilities: Maid of Honor

You are the bride’s right-hand woman and strongest ally through the entire process. You’ll be there to support her emotionally and to help her make decisions for the big day. Your responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate with other bridesmaids
  • Host bridal shower with help from bridesmaids
  • Plan bachelorette party with help from bridesmaids
  • Keep record of gifts received at various parties and showers
  • Spread the word about the couple’s registries
  • Hold onto the groom’s wedding band on wedding day before they exchange vows
  • Hold bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Arrange bride’s train at appropriate points in the ceremony
  • Bustle bride’s train after the ceremony
  • Sign marriage license
  • Make a toast at the reception
  • Collect gift envelopes and keep them in a safe place
  • Purchase wedding day attire (dress, accessories, shoes)

Responsibilities: Bridesmaid

As a bridesmaid, you’re considered an important person in the bride’s life. Just like the maid of honor, the bride also looks to you for suggestions and help. A bridesmaid’s responsibilities include:

  • Help the maid of honor with bridal shower
  • Help the maid of honor plan the bachelorette party
  • Spread the word about the couple’s registries
  • Assist with DIY projects (invitations, wedding favors, etc.)
  • Help direct guests to their seats
  • Purchase wedding day attire (dress, accessories, shoes)

The honor of being a part of the bridal party comes with a cost. It’s not cheap to be a bridesmaid, so you’ll need to be prepared for the financial responsibilities as well. Stay tuned for next month’s “What About the ‘Maid?” as we break down the costs of being in the bridal party.

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One Comment to “What About the ‘Maid?: Responsibilties”

  1. Very nice post! I love the idea for the monthly discussion (and also, laughed at the picture. Bridesmaids was out of hand;) )

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