Ahhh… So you’ve been asked to be the Maid of Honor, yay!! Now you can be the face of the bridal party, step into this glamorous title and take center stage, WRONG!! If you are accepting the role of maid of honor for any of these reasons run now! Being the maid of honor is no joke, it’s a lot of time, investment and energy, so be prepared to work. I know first-hand how stressful yet rewarding this job can be, seeing the bride happy should be your main focus. However you also want to be realistic and practical about what you can do and what needs to get done. Here are some helpful and important guidelines that I used when planning the Bridal Shower for one of my very good friends Nadine. Keep in mind these ideas can be used for a baby shower, graduation party, or any event that you’re planning, so just have fun with it.
Delegate tasks: One person should not have to do it alone. I know some people may think well that’s why you’re the maid of honor it’s your job to put the bridal shower together. This is true, however that’s why you have a bridal party, they are there to assist and help you with any task related to the bridal shower and that includes the planning. Two heads are way better than one, so have the ladies contribute with the planning. Delegate who will be in charge of what, ex: getting the cake, purchasing the party favors, etc…
Create a budget and try and stay within that budget: Okay so I know this is extremely hard for some of us, I’ll be honest I struggled with this. I had to control myself from not getting too carried away with ideas, but what can I say, I had so many ideas that I wanted to bring to life for Nadine’s shower. However I believe you can bring those incredible ideas to life on a practical budget. Check your local discount stores for vases, balloons, and other cool things that can be used as décor. Michaels craft store, Target, and Wal-Mart are other great shops to find great deals! I found a lot of great pieces for Nadine’s bridal shower at Michaels and they were mostly on sale, so don’t forget to ask the cashier about any deals or promotions going on.
Don’t be a dictator: Learn to be firm yet flexible with the bridal party, ask for the bridal party’s opinion and input on things, just not on everything, too many hands in the kitchen can cause a mess. You know the bride best, so trust that what you are choosing she will love!
Stay organized: Time management is key, try and manage your time wisely and avoid ordering anything that may not arrive on time for the shower.
It’s all about the bride to be: Remember you are planning the bridal shower according to what the bride likes, don’t include your favorite candies or colors, remember it’s all about the bride to be, your day will come soon enough
Have Fun: Last but not least remember to have fun with it; I learned so much from planning Nadine’s bridal shower. I really enjoyed the process of seeing everything come to life, and most importantly the bride loved it!
So just remember to have fun, stay organized and relax, the role of Maid of Honor can be difficult and a bit of a challenge but we can do all things through Christ!