Being asked to be the bride's maid of honor is the kind of question that warrants a glass of champagne and a giant pat on the back! You're about to transform from friend or family member into the bride's right hand gal pal, her on-call therapist, her party planner, and — above anything else — her dose of reality when all the wedding stress seems to get out of hand.
After all the excitement has passed, you may find yourself wondering where to start and what comes first. Do you jump right in and start planning the bachelorette party? Should you reach out to her family and see who is going to handle the bridal shower? How about reaching out to and rallying the other bridesmaids? You'll easily find yourself with a homemade to-do list of tasks that seems longer than a family of four's grocery list!
So before you find yourself making this maid of honor role your second full-time job, it's important to take a deep breath, have a quick meeting with the bride, and start mapping out a wedding timeline and to-do list with her right from the start.
But in order to make sure that nothing gets overlooked and you're there for the bride in ways you didn't know you'd have to be there for her (we're talking about helping her pee in her wedding dress or even offering to dance with her borderline-inappropriate great uncle), we're here to help! We've got your back with the ultimate list of 50 tips you should remember from start to finish. Consider these your core responsibilities, your big-day-saving guide, and everything in-between. You'll be the star of the bridal party with these 50 maid of honor tips.