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Is it really an honour?

Is it really an honour?

When my best friend asked me to be her maid of honour I was elated. Needless to say, the lists of things to do started piling up and I started making mock ups of invitations to kitchen teas and thank you's to the guests. I took the job so seriously that you would think I was busy planning my own wedding and even though Cyndi (bless her heart) will never admit it, I think I scared her off a little.

I decided to take a step back and put myself in her shoes and I tried to think of the things I would want my maid of honour to be in charge of. And, to all maids of honour out there, this is the best thing you can do for your friend (and yourself).

Planning the wedding of your dreams on a budget is no easy feat and the toll it takes on the bride is enough to put her off the entire idea. I would want my maid of honour to tell me "It's OK, we'll make a plan and it's gonna be exactly what you want it to be", and be convincing in saying so. The maid of honour should be on permanent "crazy bride" duty and know how to do damage control. But most of all she should be able to calm down the bride whenever the pressure gets too much.

If I were a bride to be, I would want to take better care of myself, but I'm no action taker, so I would need someone to prompt me to exercise and take my vitamins and to moisturize and all those beautiful things. So, my co-MOH's, you want to look good in that bridesmaid dress, so why not take your bestie with you to the gym and when you take your vitamins, remind her to do the same. Another great idea - throw a stay at home girls night, with pedicure, manicure and facial supplies. And just chat the night away with your cocktails (but not too much).

Then the obvious - the kitchen tea and the bachelorette party. Know the guests and try to suss out who gets along with who. Keep this in mind when you send out the invitations and where you seat them. Know your bride - what she would like for her bachelorette party and also keep the budget in mind. A champagne cruise might be an awesome idea but it won't be so much fun if only 3 ladies can afford to go.  

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and the most minor cricis can look like a tragedy. This is where your skills as a MoH are really tested. Keep her calm and be prepared for a "tragedy". There are awesome little lists on the internet where you can find all kinds of scenarios you should be prepared for. Take notes and get what you need to be ready for action. Make sure she eats - the bride spends so much time stressing about all the guests that she forgets to have a good time herself.

So the answer to the question header - Is it really an honour? YES. Yes it is. If your friend has so much confidence in you to ask you to be her MoH then it is one hell of an honour. Make her proud!

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