Having a new baby is no joke, sweet readers. I’ve been doing my best to make more time for the blog, but I’m finding that the older Hazel gets, the more work she is! (Go figure.) Fortunately, the lovely Morgan Gray of Gray & Gabbana is stepping in with some awesome new content. November through February is “engagement season”, and if you end up in the bridal party, you have to be ready to knock it out of the park. Here are Morgan’s tips…
While I’m a writer from NY who’s usually scribbling away at poetry, my sister recently became engaged and named me her maid of honor. Having never been a MOH before, I jumped head first into the wedding world. It’s been a bit difficult to keep all the duties straight, so I’ve broken down my findings thus far. Hopefully this list will help YOU be the best maid of honor ever.
1. Make sure everyone is talking and getting along at the reception
One of the most awkward parts of a wedding can be the seating, where the bride and groom have worlds colliding. To help people mesh better, buy mini party games and conversation topics (or DIY it). A small deck of conversation cards is great for prompting discussion that doesn’t have to do with the bride or ceremony and will help guests get comfortable with each other.
2. Ask the bride to give you a list of photos she wants
You only get one wedding day to get all the perfect pictures possible, so make it count. Ask the bride for specific pictures she wants and then browse wedding-photo websites like it’s your job. Touch base with the photographer on the day-of and make sure you get the bridesmaids Instagramming like crazy! (Bonus points if you help the bride create a signature wedding hashtag.) You definitely don’t want the bride kicking herself over missed photos after the wedding has come and gone.
This goes for the wedding, reception, and bachelorette party: make sure everyone has a ride. How is the wedding party getting from the ceremony to the reception? Will people be taking part in an open bar? These are things you need to ask and find answers to— you don’t want anyone getting left behind.
4. Take care of the Mother of the Bride
The wedding might be all about the bride, but she’s not the only one to look out for. The mother of the bride is probably just as stressed and emotional as the bride herself. Take the time to reach out to her, even if it is just to talk. Whip up her favorite drink and let her reminisce about her baby girl. It might seem like a small gesture, but it will mean the world to her.
5. Get your soundtracks made in advance
The right soundtrack for wedding prep is essential. Times have changed, so (unfortunately) making mixed CDs is a little dated. I’d recommend saving major cash by using Spotify to make sure the song you want played will play. You can use this technique for everything from the bachelorette party and bridal shower to the limo ride to the venue!
I hope this list inspires you the next time you find yourself on MOH duty! Got some great bridal party tips of your own? Share ‘em in the comments!