Can I Have a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor?

Etiquette

If you have more girlfriends and family members to pick from for your bridal party, you should feel lucky to be surrounded by so much love and support! When it comes to your maid of honor, remember that that title is reserved for unmarried women, while "matron of honor" is meant for one who has already tied the knot. But is it allowable to have one of each? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to weigh in on your bridal party questions in our daily post.

Is it okay to have a maid and matron of honor? Would they need to have different gowns from the bridesmaids and/or each other?

I was a maid of honor for my college roommate, and her older, married sister was her matron of honor. I was extremely honored by her designation. We wore matching dresses, identical to the other bridesmaids', and that was—and is—perfectly fine. Since the matron of honor had already had a wedding, it was great to have someone with a ton of wedding experience there every step of the way. Just make sure you have a groomsman or best man to walk each of them down the aisle during the wedding ceremony, if that's part of your plan. Your idea will make both ladies feel important—and they can share responsibility for planning your bachelorette party and perhaps even your bridal shower. Win-win!

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