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How to be the Perfect Maid of Honour (MOH)

BY GUEST BLOGGER CRYSTAL ADAIR-BENNING

It’s not rocket science. It’s an honour. Heck, it’s even in the title! When the bride-to-be asks you to be her Maid of Honour, I encourage you to be the best darn MOH you possibly can. Here are the essential tips & tricks to wow the bride!

1. It’s about HER and not about you.

Fundamentals here people. Being a Maid of Honour is a selfless act. It shouldn’t come with restrictions, ultimatums or any other BS. She needs you to love on her, support her and be there… no matter what. If bride-to-be wants you in soft pink chiffon or lime green taffeta… just do it! Don’t love it… who cares. Her choice. Not yours. Be a team player.

2. You’ll be hosting the Bridal Shower. Make it count.

You don’t need to be elaborate with a  Parisian Garden theme but you do need to put in some effort. Can’t afford luxury blooms? Grow them. Purchase them from a garden centre. Get grocery store florals and make it work. Be creative. Do what you’ve gotta do. It shouldn’t break your bank but you’ll likely have to put your back into this one.

3. Buy her a gift.

Being her Maid of Honour means you are the most awesome lady pal she knows and while some may think this means you get a ‘pass’ on the gift giving, think again. You don’t have to splurge but you know this chick better than yourself so make it sentimental and sweet. Think awesome memory photo albums, a sentimental card, gift card to the spa for you both post-wedding or even an IOU for a girl date down the road.

4. Channel Your Inner Girl Scout. Be Prepared.

Weddings are EMOTIONAL; not rational. Keep that as your mantra. Emotions are running high and sometimes, yes sometimes, people react in ways that are out of character to their norm because they are under stress. If your bride-to-be is normally a chillaxin’ wine sipping diva who’s eyes are suddenly glowing demonic red, help her channel it back into something positive. Get her the glass of wine. Sympathize with her familial woes. Break out that emergency kit of aspirin and stain remover if you have to! You’ve got this!

5. Compliment the bride.

Well, duh? No for real. The bride is a big ball of emotions in a white dress right now. She’s looking awesome and you need to let her know it. Your hair may look like Flock of Seagulls because that’s what she asked the hair stylist to do but her hair looks like Molly Ringwald herself carefully pinned each and every curl to her awesome bride-ly head. Make sure she knows you love her look. Her style. Her gown. Her decor. ALL of it. This is her day to bask in the glow of being awesome… give her that.

Some other quick pointers:

  • avoid hitting on the groomsmen (don’t be THAT girl)
  • if you’ve got a speech to make; make it complimentary and NOT drunk/awkward
  • assist your bride where you can but let the decisions be her’s NOT yours
  • be awesome… spoil her. One day, I promise, she’ll return the favour.

 


ABOUT CRYSTAL ADAIR-BENNING
The original Planner of Once-in-a-Lifetime Awesomeness brings global experience and vision to our clients big day. Her ability to see the bigger picture including all of the small intimate personal details in making your wedding come together is what makes her a natural leader for your celebration. Any wedding planned by Crystal will be creative, filled with love and swoon worthy!

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