The bridal party has often been an old girl’s club, but these days it’s out with the old and in with the new. Having a man of honor—whether in lieu of or in conjunction with a maid of honor—is an option every bride should consider. Here, seven reasons why you should call up your best guy for duty.
1. It’s unconventional/modern in the best way
If you’re a modern bride-to-be looking to bring your ceremony into 2017, having a man of honor is a no-brainer! Guests will be pleasantly surprised to see such an unconventional spin on your bridal party, and it’ll make for some fun photo opportunities as well.
2. Your closest friend or confidante might be your brother or male best friend
Sure, sometimes you have a favorite gal pal, like a sister, best friend, or cousin. But other times, that isn’t the case, and having a guy serve as your man of honor just makes sense. If you and your brother have an unbreakable bond, for example, then it’s totally kosher to ask him to stand with you on your big day.
3. You could have both a man of honor and a maid of honor for double the fun
Just as some brides have both a maid of honor and a matron of honor, you may opt to have both a man of honor and a maid of honor. Double the fun (and double the wedding help), right? Cheers to that.
4. Imagine the bachelorette party he’d throw!
While your man of honor might not have strong opinions about flowers or the stationery on which you print invitations, he very well may have the knack to plan a night to remember when it’s time for your adieu to single life.
5. He won’t complain about your bridesmaids' dresses…
Because he won’t be wearing one! Picking out a dress that your entire bridal party likes and finds flattering is tough enough. The minimized hassle of having one less bridesmaid to appease is a perk you shouldn’t pass by. As a bride-to-be, the less wedding-related stress in your life, the better!
6. It’s practical for brides who ditch tradition
Not all brides-to-be want to partake in traditions such as bridal showers or even wedding planning in general. If you’re ditching tradition and passing the wedding planning off to relatives and planners, it’s safe to say that you might not need help in the form of traditional maid-of-honor duties. Sometimes it’s nice to have a man of honor who will be equally laissez-faire about wedding hysteria.
7. Because why not?
It’s your day. When all is said and done, your bridal party should be a reflection of who you are and the loved ones who have supported you throughout the years. At the end of the day, if the person in your life most qualified to stand right by your side on your wedding day is a guy, who cares? Being a man of honor is an honor indeed.