Chief Bridesmaid or Maid of Honour

In the same way the groom has a Best man the bride has a Chief Bridesmaid. Their roles are practically the same with the exception that the Best man has to make a speech.

The Chief bridesmaid is usually an elder sister or other family member or perhaps a close friend. Their role is to help, advise and support the bride in the planning, preparing and carrying out of a successful wedding day.



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Duties of the Chief Bridesmaid

Leading up to the wedding day

  • Be on hand to offer advice on the choosing and fitting of the wedding dress. Offer advice on accessories, make up and hairstyles to enhance the overall look.
  • Be prepared to participate in some of the activities including the makeover.
  • Organise the Hen Night. Contact all the brides’ friends that she would wish to attend.
  • When organising the Hen Night it is very important to bear in mind what the bride want.
  • Offer advice when the bride comes to choosing the bridesmaids dresses, do not impose your own opinion, after all it's not you who is paying for the dress and it's not your wedding day.


On the wedding day

  • You will need to be at the bride’s house helping her to dress and remain calm.
  • You will need to liaise with the florist, Best man, smaller bridesmaids and pageboys so that everyone knows what they should be doing.

Handy tips

Arrive at the bride’s house in plenty of time so that everybody can get dressed and look their best without rushing around.

  • The smaller bridesmaids, pageboys and yourself will need to leave for the church or venue leaving only the bride and her father to follow.
  • Await for the arrival of the bride and her father together with the smaller bridesmaids and the pageboys, and follow on behind up the aisle
  • Be prepared to look after the smaller bridesmaids and pageboys during the ceremony.
  • Look after the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Hand the bouquet back to the bride and follow the bride and groom out of the venue with all with the rest of the bridal party.
  • Be available to have your picture taken throughout the course of the day.
  • Traditionally the chief bridesmaid and the Best man would dance with each other during the course of the night. If you’re both single then love could be in the air for you both....