So, today I am publishing my very first guest post. Whoop.
This comes to you from Rachael – you can follow her on Twitter @livealittleNYC
When a bride asks you to be her maid of honor, it is not only exciting and an honor, it is a responsibility. She is putting her trust in you to help her prepare for the biggest day of her life. Here are some suggestions to help you be a great maid of honor.
Be organized. Planning a wedding means managing a lot of tasks. From helping with the registry, to researching bridesmaid (and maid of honor) dresses, to planning the bachelorette party; the bride will certainly appreciate any help you can provide. If the bride is using a wedding planner or planning software, it wouldn’t hurt to purchase the same one for you. It will help make sure you are both on track and nothing gets overlooked. The Ultimate Wedding Planning Kit is a great wedding planner to help keep things organized.
Save the dates, invitations, and bachelorette parties. A big part of planning for a wedding is making sure the date is secured and everyone knows it. Make sure you remind her that as soon as the date is set, she and her groom should send out save the date cards. You can even be the “official photographer” and take the personalized shots for their cards! Make sure not long after the cards go out; the couple starts to look at wedding invitations. Meanwhile, you should start working with the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom on a shower for family and friends. And you should start to plan the bachelorette party for the women in the wedding party! The bachelorette party is something that is fun and frivolous so when wedding planning gets a little stressful for the bride, switch gears and talk about what she would like to do and who you should invite. A great stress reliever indeed!
Be supportive. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it can be wonderful as well as incredibly stressful. Just about every couple at one point during planning talks about eloping in an effort to avoid all the stresses that go with the planning. The parents of the bride want to dominate the invite list. It would be easier to plan the invasion of a small country than finish the seating chart. The list of potential issues that can pop up never seems to end. The maid of honor needs to help the bride whenever possible – which usually is nothing more than offering sympathy and listening to her when she is feeling stressed. Being supportive when the bride needs you might just be the most important part of being a maid of honor.