So you've been picked as the Maid of Honour. Now what? Firstly, congratulations! You must be a good friend indeed. It's hard enough for the bride to choose a small group of friends to stand by her on her big day, but to be picked as the one special person that will lead the group is a huge honour.

Being a Maid of Honour comes with expectations from the bride. It can also come with expenses, both in time and money. So if you don't have the time or money, there's absolutely nothing wrong with backing down - as long as it's done in good time. Talk to the bride if you have any concerns - after all, she's your best friend, isn't she?

Some of your duties could include:

  • Going wedding gown shopping with the bride. (Be honest when she steps out of the dressing room.)
  • Helping to select the bridesmaid's dresses. (You may be expected to pay for your own dress and accessories.)
  • Getting all the bridesmaids together when it's time to go shopping - and for dress fittings.
  • Helping to address invitations.
  • Helping to wrap and name-tag guest favours - if there are any.
  • Hosting the bridal shower or co-hosting with the bridesmaids.
  • Addressing and sending the shower invitations.
  • Taking care of RSVPs for the shower.
  • Attending rehearsal and rehearsal dinner - if there is one.
  • Helping to decorate the ceremony and reception venues - if necessary.
  • Helping the bride to get dressed on the wedding day.
  • Making sure that the bride's veil and train looks good before, during and after the ceremony.
  • Holding the bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Signing the marriage register as a witness.
  • Helping the bride change into her going-away outfit
  • Collect keepsakes at the end of the reception (Top tier of cake, guest book and pen, cake knife and server, etc.)
  • Dancing at least a couple of times with the Best Man.
  • Helping the Best Man to take the gifts to the couple's home.
  • Helping with the clean-up after reception.