Maid of Honour Duties: The Ultimate Guide


Your bestie is engaged and asked you to be her Maid of Honour! You are about to play a leading role in one of the biggest days of her life.

Being a MOH is an honour (the word is literally in the name) and a privilege but it also comes with some big responsibilities. From organising the bridesmaids to planning the hen party, we have created the ultimate guide that lists the major Maid of Honour duties.

Brides – you might want to send this to your MOH stat!

What are the main Maid of Honour duties?

Before the wedding

Maid of Honour is a huge job and the work starts long before the wedding day! Here is everything a MOH will need to do in the run up to the big day.

Go Dress Shopping

Although being a MOH is a lot of responsibility, it is also A LOT of fun. Perhaps one of the most anticipated events on the bride’s and MOH’s calendar is shopping for the wedding dress.

Wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming so it is important to be there for the bride. Be honest, have fun and make it memorable for the blushing bride.

Are the other bridesmaids attending also? It will be the Maid of Honour’s duty to round up all the girls, make sure they’re organised and plan any itinerary for shopping days out.

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A bridemaid hugs a bride in a wedding dress shop. Image used in the Maid of Honour Duties : The Ultimate Guide article.

Organise Other Bridesmaids

There will be lots of appointments for the bridesmaids to attend in the run up to the wedding. Hair trials, makeup trials, seamstresses etc. Make sure everyone knows all important dates and times.

It is also a good idea to gather all the bridesmaids and create a group chat. That way everyone will be on friendly terms when it comes to the hen. We don’t want a scene from Bridemaids unfolding.

Plan The Hen Party

The second most important date on your calendar (obviously first is the wedding!) The Hen Party! The Maid of Honour should work alongside the rest of the bridal party to create a once-in-a-lifetime hen! Whether you are jetting off to foreign lands, or planning something a little closer to home, make sure you keep the bride’s personality at the heart of the hen.

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3 champagne glasses a held together in a cheers pose.

Be There To Help the Bride

Some brides may ask their MOH to be heavily involved in the wedding planning. From colour schemes to cake flavours and scoping venues to attending wedding fairs, the duties really are varied. The most important thing is to be there for the bride. Offer a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on and a friend to help with ideas.

On The Wedding Day

Help The Bride Get Ready

The big day has finally arrived! The morning of the wedding is a very exciting one with many different tasks happening at once. From hair to makeup and bridesmaids arriving to ordering breakfast, there’s lots to be done!

As the Maid of Honour, try and create a calm atmosphere for the bride to keep any last minute nerves at bay.

A bride stands in the middle of her 4 bridesmaids. All the ladies in the picture are facing away from the camera and the robes they are wearing either states 'bride' 'Maid of Honour' 'Bridesmaid' or 'Bride Tribe.' Balloons can be been in the background which spell 'Bride to be'

Deal With Supplier Queries

DJ lost on their way to the venue? Flowers not arrived on time? Take the pressure off the bride and respond to any suppliers contacting on the day.

Hold The Bouquet

During the ceremony, the Maid of Honour will take the bouquet from the bride. You may also be asked to give a reading or be a witness to the newly weds signing the register.

After the ceremony, the married couple will leave first followed by the Maid of Honour and Best Man.

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Keep The Bride Looking Fabulous

When packing an emergency kit for the day, ensure you have some spare hair clips, hair spray and make-up for touch-ups. Also, if the bride needs to go to the bathroom, the MOH may need to be on hand to assist – it can be tricky in a wedding dress.

3 bridesmaids help the bride get ready. Image used in the Maid of Honour Duties : The Ultimate Guide article.

Keep The Bride Hydrated

As the Maid of Honour, you will want to keep the bride hydrated. Gently remind the bride throughout the day to take some sips of water to keep energy levels up and ward off any pesky hangovers that could disrupt the morning after brunch.

Have An Amazing Day

All your hard work has paid off! The bride is having the time of her life, guests are dancing and champagne is flowing. Raise a toast to the happy couple, throw some shapes on the dancefloor and enjoy your evening!

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