Role and Duties of a Matron of Honor

The maid of honor (or matron of honor, if the woman is married) wears many hats. She is a personal shopper, a party planner, a counselor, and a personal assistant. It is typically not a position that should be taken lightly. The maid of honor is expected to be the bride's right-hand woman. From the first day of planning until the bride sets sail for her honeymoon, the maid of honor is on the job.

  1. Shopping

    • Brides have a lot of shopping to do, and they don't usually want to go it alone. A maid or matron of honor should accompany the bride on all requested shopping excursions that are wedding related. Most important are dress shopping and accessory shopping, along with all related fittings.

    Showers and Parties

    • The maid or matron of honor is expected to host or co-host the bridal shower and bachelorette party. Even if the maid of honor decides to co-host these events, she should be the one to initiate and organize planning. During the parties, the maid of honor should record which gifts are given by each guest, so the bride can send thank-you cards at a later date.

    Keep Bridesmaids Organized

    • The maid or matron of honor is also responsible for directing the bridesmaids during the wedding and reception. The maid of honor should make the bridesmaids know where and when they are need for dances, receiving line, photos, and other events. Before the wedding, the maid of honor coordinates hair, makeup, and nails with the bride and bridesmaids. The maid of honor may even help coordinate travel arrangements for the bridesmaids.

    Help Ceremony Go Smoothly

    • The maid or matron of honor is a busy bee on the day of the wedding. She is supposed to help the bride with her gown during the ceremony and reception. The maid of honor also holds cards for the bride, makes sure everyone signs the guest book, makes sure the bride eats, holds the bride's bouquet or purse when needed, helps the bride in the restroom, and holds the groom's ring during the ceremony. The maid of honor witnesses the signing of the marriage license, and gives a toast at the reception.

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