Getting Real with Shadra Bruce

The maid of honor is there to do more than just hold the bridal bouquet. The maid of honor is there to remember all the little things that no one else is thinking of; she’s essential to making the bride’s wedding day as special as it can be.

If you’ve been given the privilege of being someone’s maid of honor, these are some of the essential tasks you’ll be expected to handle:

Shopping and Planning Partner

One of the most exciting things about a wedding is getting to help plan it. Hopefully, you can accompany the bride when shopping for her dress, shoes, or any other accessories for the wedding. You may be able to help sort out the details of the wedding and help plan, too.

Better than Xanax

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Having a support system and someone to talk to and vent to is crucial. From getting her away from it all for a manicure or massage to helping with errands and wedding tasks, you can make this time less stressful.

Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party

These are two distinct and different events, and only you know whether or not the bride wants both. A bridal shower can happen a few weeks before the wedding, and should include family members and close friends. Whether you host a brunch, a scrapbook party, or a spa weekend, the bridal shower is an opportunity to bond and share the excitement of the upcoming wedding.

The bachelorette party is a night out, traditionally the night before the wedding – although I recommend holding it a a couple of nights before so that the bride can sleep the night before the wedding. You need to know what the bride wants – some are ready for a wild night of tequila shots and strippers, and others just want a girls night out with martinis and friends.

Wedding Day Manager

On the wedding day your chief bridesmaid duties may have doubled, tripled, or even multiplied by five, depending on how many bridesmaids there are. Play hostess to the other bridesmaids, but don’t be afraid to enlist their help, too.