Should My Maid-of-Honor Wear the Same Dress as My Bridesmaids?

Etiquette

Your maid-of-honor wants to stand out as your number one gal but she doesn't have to wear a different dress. If you want your closest circle wearing the same frock, our wedding experts suggest other ways to make your best friend look and feel special in our daily post.

My MOH told me her dress should be different from the bridesmaids' dresses so that she'll stand out. I never heard of this before, and I want all the girls in the same dress. What can I do to make her happy without making her look completely different from everyone else?

Believe it or not, your MOH is right. Traditionally, her dress does differ slightly from the other girls' so that she's recognized as your number one attendant. That doesn't mean you should put her in a black cocktail number while the rest of the maids wear flowing lavender gowns—the difference should be subtle, like a distinctive neckline or sleeve, or a complementary color. Another option is to have her carry a different bouquet—lusher than the other girls', or monochromatic instead of multicolored.

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