My First Experience as Maid of Honor
In my life, I’ve only been to a few weddings. The first weddings I went to were when I was a little girl and they were the weddings of my mom and stepdad, as well as my dad and stepmom. The next wedding I went to was my own at 20 years old and I was the bride. It wasn’t until 13 years later, when I was a single mom and had an amazing boyfriend, that I flew to Florida as a Maid of Honor for my little sister. It was the first time I had ever been in a wedding as a Maid of Honor. I honestly had no idea what to do!
I searched online to find out what the duties were for the Maid of Honor. It was a little difficult since I lived in California and my sister lived in Florida, but I was gonna do the best I could with what I had. It may not have been the perfect job as Maid of Honor, but it was pretty good considering I hadn’t had much experience in weddings as a bridesmaid, yet alone a Maid of Honor. The first thing I did was to make sure I was excited for my sister. I offered my help and shared excitement when she was going through the steps of the wedding planning process. I also was there to listen to her vent when the planning became overwhelming and stressful.
When it came to the wedding, my amazing boyfriend (now fiancé), purchased a round-trip ticket so he could go with me as my date to the wedding. I knew he was an amazing man from the moment I met him, but he really shined during the wedding week. He put up with my stresses as Maid of Honor and even helped decorate for the big day. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world! But back to the Maid of Honor duties. So, as Maid of Honor, I did whatever I could to help my sister. Whether it was going to M&Ms World to pick up the personalized purple candies, or fill and wrap the candy holders with the wedding goodies. Frank even helped tie the bows on the back of the chairs for the wedding reception! They chose from one of the best Flagstaff wedding venues as their wedding reception venue.
As Maid of Honor, I attended the Wedding Rehearsal and dinner. I was friendly to everyone who attended, making sure I introduced myself and helped everyone feel welcome. I wasn’t really sure if I was supposed to give a speech at the dinner, so I saved it for the next day at the Wedding Reception.
The next morning, it was time to get ready for the wedding. There were some pretty stressful times, but overall we were excited for the big day! The first thing that happened was we had our hair and makeup done. I loved being pampered, but after I was done, there was work to do. I took pictures of the bride, helped with my niece and tried to stay happy and positive all morning!
After our hair and makeup was done, we were ready for the wedding! It was time to get our dresses, shoes and makeup bags and head to the wedding chapel! We were all getting really excited.
Once there, all the bridesmaids got dressed. Then it was time to get my sister dressed! I honestly wasn’t sure what to do, but I tried to assist wherever I could. My younger sister has been in more weddings, so she took the lead and I assisted where I could.
After the bride was dressed and ready, it was time to walk down the aisle. My job was to smile, look pretty and not walk too quickly up the aisle. I was also in charge of holding the bride’s bouquet when it was time for them to exchange their vows and rings. I tried to hold it together, but I did get teary-eyed (although the photo looks like I’m mad – I’m just fighting back tears – ha ha)!
After the wedding ceremony, it was time to head to the reception! I greeted everyone I saw and did my best to make sure everyone felt welcomed. It was pretty awesome! It was my job to be a social butterfly – cool! It was also my job as Maid of Honor to give a speech. My Maid of Honor speech may have been a little on the short side, but it was all heart and soul and it was just for my little sister and her new husband. Then it was time to get dancing and have some fun!
Have you ever been a Maid of Honor?
What were your expectations of your Maid of Honor in your wedding?