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How to Be the Best Maid of Honor

You're already the best friend ever; now apply those skills to the sanctity of matrimony by becoming the best maid of honor.


  • Step 1: Put out fires by going to the reception hall and ceremony site in advance to make sure that everything is going according to plan.
  • Step 2: Make sure the bride has fun by having fun yourself. At the reception, mingle, dance, and take lots of pictures! You can even give the bride a keepsake photo album or scrapbook after her honeymoon to show her how honored you were to be her maid of honor.
  • FACT: In Indian weddings, both the bride and groom wear flowers as a symbol of acceptance of each other.
  • TIP: It is better to be too available than not available enough.
  • Step 3: Be there for the bride. Planning a wedding is stressful and she is going to need someone to vent to. You are that shoulder to cry on.
  • Step 4: Take charge of planning events with the other bridesmaids. Don't boss them around, but, understand that it's your responsibility to take the initiative to plan dress-shopping trips, the bachelorette party, and any other events you need or want to do as a group. Once events are planned, make sure that everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there.
  • TIP: Expect to spend a little money. A maid of honor is usually responsible for paying for her entire wedding outfit, pitching in for the bachelorette party, and sometimes for hosting the wedding shower.
  • Step 5: Get information from the couple and spread it to the guests. Let everyone know where the couple is registered, inform guests that no children are to attend the reception, explain the no gifts policy. In general, you're responsible for telling guests things that the bride feels uncomfortable telling them.

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