Your maid of honor is your number one gal—and has put in the pre-wedding time and effort to prove it—so of course, you want everyone to know that she’s playing an extra-special role on your wedding day. And while dressing her differently from the rest of your ‘maids is a quick and easy way to set her apart, that might not fly with your wedding-day aesthetic. We asked our experts to share a few different ways to make sure your MOH stands out, no matter what you want your bridal party portraits to look like.
When it comes to dressing her, there are a number of options that range from soft and subtle to totally eye-catching. There’s definitely a choice that will work great for you (and your bestie)! And remember: it's up to you whether you want to switch up your MOH's dress—if not, no problem.
If you want all of your bridesmaids to be matchy-matchy, but still want to distinguish your maid of honor, keep the change super simple. When you’re picking your bridesmaids’ dresses, opt for a line that offers multiple strap options or necklines in the same colors and fabrics. This will allow your MOH to rock a strapless neckline while everyone else has cap sleeves, or she can go for a one-shoulder design instead of a sweetheart neckline. These adjustments can also be made when she’s having her dress tailored—just make sure to order a little extra fabric if you’re planning to add on to the existing design.
Another great way to make your MOH stand out is with her accessories. Dress all your ladies in the same gown, then gift your maid of honor with a bejeweled belt or gorgeous hair accessory like this pearl number that will catch the light and set her apart.
A little bit of bling goes a long way, so unless the gown you choose can stand up to some major accessorizing, keep the piece you choose on the simple side.
If you want all the dresses and accessories to stay the same, but want it to be clear who your MOH is when she walks down the aisle, ask your florist to make one bouquet slightly different from the rest of the bridesmaids'. It could be slightly larger, include an additional flower that’s in your bouquet but not the bridesmaids’, or may have an extra color to set it apart. This is a great option if you’ve chosen to have mismatched bridesmaids, too. If everyone is already in a gown of their choosing, a different cluster of blooms will show that she’s been chosen for the special role.
To make your MOH’s look pop a little more, opt for a gown that is a shade lighter or darker than the rest of your bridesmaids' dresses. Think a bridal party in French blue with your MOH in a soft sky hue, or ‘maids in lavender and the maid of honor in deeper eggplant. The colors you choose should all still fit seamlessly into your palette while making it clear that she’s your right-hand woman.
Want her to really look the part? Dress your maid of honor in a printed gown while everyone else wears a solid design. We love the way a floral-printed MOH dress looks against single-tone bridesmaid dresses in a color that’s pulled from the pattern, or you could go more modern with a stripe or other geometric style.