Being a maid of honor is truly a role of a lifetime. You transform into the bride's right hand gal pal, helping her with the true ins and outs of wedding planning and wedding fun. But along the way, you may notice that your list of tasks is growing as long as a family of five's weekly grocery list and you just can't do it all on your own. That's okay, you shouldn't! Here are seven ways you can delegate some of your maid of honor tasks to members of the bridal party.
1. Send Out a Giant To-Do List
Once you've jotted down a master to-do list of all of your maid-of-honor tasks, you can send it out in an email to the other bridesmaids and ask them to take on a few tasks that they are interested in, whether it's researching hotels for the bachelorette party or coming up with fun games for the bridal shower.
2. Ask Before You Assume
Before sending out a to-do list to the group or asking people for help, chat with the bridesmaids individually and see how much help they can provide. Some bridesmaids may have more free time than others, and instead of dumping an equal amount of tasks on each of them, see who is able to put in some more time and take on the dirty work.
3. Share What's Needed With the Group
Create a Google Doc with tasks you need help with and share it with the group. That way, they can access the doc and see in real-time the tasks that have been completed and the ones that still need to get done.
4. Utilize the Skills of Each Bridesmaid
If one bridesmaid is a professional at DIY crafts and another is really good at planning vacations or parties, have them use their natural skills to get involved where they'll most succeed.
5. Ask for Help Outside the Bridal Party
If the other bridesmaids are busy or you find yourself overwhelmed with tasks, it's okay to ask some of the bride's family members or other friends for help.
6. Turn It Into a Game
Plan a night out or a meeting with the bridesmaids and write down some tasks on paper and roll them up. Have each bridesmaid close her eyes and choose one.
7. Create Teams
One team of bridesmaids can be for the bachelorette party and another can be for the bridal shower. If the bridesmaids can work together on tasks, it's likely they will have more fun doing them and keep each other accountable along the way.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.