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Being asked to be maid of honour is incredibly exciting, especially if you have never taken on the role before. Of course, it can also be somewhat nerve-wracking, as being maid of honour comes with a lot of responsibility – you are the bride’s right-hand woman and need to be there to help her with everything that she could possibly need. To ensure that you are the very best maid of honour, we’ve put together this useful guide to everything that you can expect by taking on the role.

The hen do is your responsibility

One of the biggest tasks that comes with the role of maid of honour is the hen do. As the bride’s right-hand woman, you will be expected to plan the hen party. This means coming up with ideas, consulting with the other bridesmaids, and organising the entire event. It also means working out the best time and date to hold the hen party, and ensuring that all of the people who the bride is closest to are available on that date and time. Executing a successful hen do that is enjoyed by everyone, including the bride, takes time, effort and thought. It can be hard to get it right, especially when the bride has a mixture of ages that she would like to include.

You need to pick the perfect gift

As the maid of honour, you are meant to know the happy couple the best, so it’s important to pick the perfect gift. While this isn’t always easy to do, you need to come up with some unique and interesting wedding gift ideas, to ensure that the bride and groom love the gift that you choose for them. If you can’t think of anything that the happy couple would appreciate, then perhaps you could get them a voucher of some sort or an experience day. It doesn’t matter what type of gift you opt for, just as long as you pick a present that you know they’ll appreciate.

You will be expected to help plan the wedding

Part of your role of maid of honour means helping to plan the wedding. You will need to be prepared to be on hand to the bride at all times, to help her with any wedding planning tasks that she may need help with. This means having regular meetings with her, attending wedding fayres, and being willing to help her out with whatever she needs help with. If you live far apart from each other, this can be tricky, but it is still doable. Facetime can be an incredibly useful tool as you can get together to plan wedding bits and bobs via it, so even if you and the bride live a distance apart, it doesn’t have to matter.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about being maid of honour. Remember, it’s an important role and one that you should be grateful to have, as it means being a big part of the wedding.