Calling all maids of honor! You've been crazy busy helping the bride for the past year, but now's the time to really let her sit back and relax and soak in the moment. Take charge and make sure your best friend's big day goes off without a hitch by adding these things to your day of to-do list.
1. Keep everyone on track
And keep track of everyone! The maid of honor should receive a copy of the timeline from the wedding planner and familiarize herself with the morning protocol, including hair and makeup appointments. That way, she can keep everyone on schedule and get them to the ceremony on time.
2. Act as the point person
The maid of honor should give her phone number the wedding planner and family members in advance so she can help field any questions for the bride that morning. This will ensure that the bride remains relaxed and stress free on her big day and that everything goes smoothly.
3. Feed the bride (okay, not literally)
The morning of the wedding can be a fast and frantic experience and some brides simply forget to eat. The day has to start with good health and nutrition, as blood sugar levels can run low, resulting in irritability. And let's be honest, no one likes a cranky bridezilla.
4. Be on drunk patrol
If you plan on enjoying some bubbly with the girls while you get glam, it's your duty to try and keep the bride and bridesmaids to a one to two glass max. It's never a good idea to let the champagne flow without a good amount of getting ready munchies around. Have lots of water for the bride and everyone else to drink throughout the day as well. The more hydrated the better you will look in photos!
5. Have the bride's favorite treat on hand
Speaking of munchies, having some of the bride's favorite snacks on hand to help calm her down in case of a possible freak-out. Lately, most of our brides have wanted dark chocolate treats, but you can have anything on hand just so long as there is something for the bride to snack on.
6. Help her get dressed
Getting a nervous woman into possibly the most expensive, elaborate dress she'll wear in her life is no small task. You'll want to be certain everything is laid out in advance, from undergarments to shoes to jewelry, so there's no last minute scrambling to find those heirloom earrings or an extra pair of pantyhose...and when the bride has successfully donned her beautiful gown, be prepared to help her into and out of the bathroom in the hours before the wedding. There will be a lot of lifting, fluffing, and rearranging involved. Refer to our blog post "Here Goes The Bride" for some helpful ladies room tips.
7. Be at her beck and call
While your BFF, the bride, sits for hours getting gorgeous, she'll need your help fetching things, dealing with her phone and generally calming her nerves the whole time.
8. Keep the groom's ring safe
Seriously, guard that thing with your life! We recommend wearing it on your thumb for safekeeping.
9. Write your speech
Even if you only jot down some talking points, at least you'll have something to go off of, Unless you're a seasoned speaker, we suggest you definitely don't wing it.
10. Drop off any reception items
If things like toasting flutes, a registry book with signing pens, candle-lighting, seating cards or favors have not already been dropped off with the wedding planner, the maid of honor should add this to her list of things to do the morning of.
11. Act as a gatekeeper
If there are family members or friends that are known to seriously stress out the bride or act as time suckers, it's your job to keep them away from her, as best you can so that she can remain calm and on schedule.
12. Make sure the bridal suite is spick and span
Technically, this will happen later on in the afternoon. Once all of the bridesmaids are done getting ready though, it's the maid of honor's job to make sure they clear their stuff out of the bridal suite so that the bride and groom don't return to a messy room at the end of the night.