While wedding planning can be one of the most exciting activities for a bride-to-be, it’s often noted as one of the most stressful periods of a woman’s life. This is unfortunate because it is supposed to be an amazing experience. Thankfully, if you are the maid of honor, you can help your friend experience the beauty of such a special season in her life. The main way you can make that happen is by remaining efficient. Consider the following four ways you can serve as an efficient maid of honor.
Offer Emotional Support
If the bride-to-be is having a stress-filled moment, it’s always helpful to have someone to vent to. If you see that she’s having a particularly stressful day or week, offer to be a listening ear. Sometimes, it’s about going to get pedicures and ice cream. Other times, you might just need to pick up a movie and a bag of popcorn to head over for a simple girls’ night.
Serve as a Buffer with Family Drama
Families notoriously act extraordinarily crazy during weddings and funerals. Have a conversation with the bride regarding the family members to be mindful of. Once you get marching orders from the bride, be an unapologetic warrior on her behalf. If a family member tries to start something, shut it down. You can be polite yet stern.
Help with Wedding Planning
There are a lot of moving parts when you’re dealing with the wedding planning process. Be an assistant to the bride by offering to go with her to her different vendor meetings. While she’s talking with a particular vendor about details, take notes. When she’s looking for a caterer to bring a cheese platter and French bread for cocktail hour . If she decides to purchase faux flowers, offer to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon to help her put the bouquets together.
Be the Hype Woman
Whether the bride feels insecure about her weight or she’s in love with her new wedding heels, be the woman that always encourages and lifts her up. If you’re dealing with jealousy, take care of it immediately. As the maid of honor, it’s your responsibility to serve as a safe place for the bride’s emotions to land during vulnerable moments.
As you commit to the following tasks, you might find that you’ll have to develop emotional intelligence in certain ways. This role might stretch and challenge you. However, if you’re the maid of honor, your friend is worth the potential yet momentary discomfort. Plus, when your friend looks back on her bridal experience, she’ll be able to say that you were a true friend that made her experience unforgettably special. At the end of the day, that’s what friends are for.
About the author:
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara is the youngest of four. She has two hilarious brothers and one beautiful sister. She also is the aunt of 5 crazy little girls that she loves more than anything!! Kara is not yet able to be a mom, but she loves being around kids and being like a second mom to her nieces. She dreams of the day that she can start her own little family.