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She's your best friend, confidant, partner in crime, therapist, life coach, pseudo wedding planner... The list goes on and on. And sure, it's an honor in and of itself to be selected as a maid of honor since by choosing your best girl for this role, you're essentially identifying her as the most important friend or family member who's closest to your heart. Yet, this honor also comes with a pretty hefty job description and expectations — it's no easy task. So, here are a few ways to honor your maid of honor on your wedding day — because she totally deserves it.
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For decades it has become almost standard that MOH bouquets are a bit fuller, and a bit more special than the rest of the bridal party, but what about taking that one step further? Many brides are opting for a relatively new trend that lets your maid of honor stand out a bit in terms of her look, too. By selecting a different dress neckline, extra embellishment, or an altogether different style, you will be certain she will stand out a little bit extra, like the star that she is. If you wish to still maintain a uniformed bridal party look, consider adding a rhinestone belt to her gown to add just a bit of sparkle. For accessories, opt for some extra jewelry or upgrading them in size just a bit for a stylish way to let everyone know, in Meredith Grey terms, "she's my person." ("Nilda" sash, $60, BHLDN)
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Most brides gift their bridal parties tokens of their appreciation on their big day, but there's nothing wrong with (in fact, we totally support) giving your maid of honor a little something extra special. If you don't feel comfortable gifting this at the same time you gift your bridal party, giving her a gift privately after the wedding can be even more special, and you can share in a special moment together, too. When selecting this gift, choose it with HER in mind. Avoid anything too "wedding-esque" and channel timeless and classic thoughts here. Remember, this gift should be about her and your friendship, not your wedding. Our favorites? A simple yet elegant piece of jewelry ALWAYS does the trick. And don't forget the heartfelt and handwritten note! (Arrow pendant, $650, Paloma's Graffiti available at Tiffany & Co.)
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Your Thank You Speech
Not all couples speak at their weddings but for those that choose to express their gratitude on their big day, be sure to mention her! From the moment you got engaged she has been by your side (and chances are, she has been there through much, much more, too.) and to verbally express what that has meant to you, will mean the world to her. Some couples opt to do this speech at their rehearsal dinner, in a more intimate setting. Even better! A simple, verbalized thank you can go a long way, especially since she will be delivering an entire MOH speech for you! (Matron of honor thank-you note, $2.25, TresElephantsDesign available on Esty)