Last week I shared some tips on planning the bridal shower, but I thought it might be helpful too to go over the general role of a maid of honor. The role can vary quite a bit based on the bride and wedding you have the honor of being a part of. For me, so far, I haven’t had to do much heavy listing since my sister is a planner herself. On top of that, she has Beth Helmstetter taking the reins, so for the most part she has just asked for my opinion on various things. But the most important {in my opinion} role for the maid of honor/bridesmaids is to support the bride and make the planning and day as stressfree as possible! Here is a list of specific basic duties for all of the bridesmaids from•Planning one or more showers for the bride, with the help of the other bridesmaids and/or the bride’s mother, sisters, etc.•Helping the bride choose her dress and shopping for bridesmaid dresses.•Making sure the bridesmaids all go for their dress fittings and get everything they need for the big day.•Lending an ear when the bride wants to/needs to vent, whether it be about her mother-in-law to-be or the fact that the napkins don’t exactly match the tablecloths.•Generally keeping the bride sane during wedding planning.•Making sure the bridesmaids know where they need to be and at what time on the big day.•At the ceremony, standing next to the bride while she exchanges vows and holding her bouquet during the ring part of things.•The MOH may also hold onto the groom’s wedding band for the bride (although the best man has traditionally taken care of both bands).•She may stand in the receiving line.•Bustling the bride’s train for the party.•At the reception, she’s often announced along with the best man.•She may dance with the best man during or after the couple’s first dance.•Generally keeping the bride sane during the wedding itself.For all of you bridesmaids out there, you can find information on your basic duties here and here!