Chief Bridesmaid: A Guide to the Role and Her Responsibilities

The chief bridesmaid (UK term) or maid of honour (if you’ve been influenced by American TV) is the bride’s right-hand woman. If you’ve been asked, congratulations! It’s quite an honour. But what does the role entail?

The chief bridesmaid will play an important role in the wedding. It’s her job to help organize and manage the other bridesmaids and ensure that all of the tasks are completed in time for the big day. This includes communicating with the other members of the wedding party, making sure everyone has their outfits, sending out invitations, getting everyone gifts, handling logistics for pre-wedding events like showers or hen parties.

The chief bridesmaid may also help the bride with shopping for her wedding dress, choosing the bridesmaids’ dresses, selecting a wedding venue, and attending the cake tasting or shopping for honeymoon essentials. Chief bridesmaids can also take care of any last-minute errands or final details before the wedding day arrives.

The Chief bridesmaid is one of the most important members of the wedding party, and she should be ready to offer help, advice and emotional support for the bride before and during her wedding day. There will likely be some problems on the day that need that calm head, so pack some tissues and an emergency bridal repair kit.

Yes the best man will get all the plaudits, but you will find that you are the one running around while he laughs and jokes his way entertaining the crowd. But this is how it needs to be, you will need to silently organise and direct to make things happen.

If you’re (understandably) feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities as a chief bridesmaid, this article is here to guide you through it. After reading this article, you’ll know what to do and how to do it right.

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Before The Wedding

As soon as you’re asked to be chief bridesmaid, it’s important to start getting things together. Start by communicating with the other members of the wedding party. When they’re all on board, your job will be a lot easier because you won’t have to keep track of who is doing what or who needs help with what.

It’s also your job to make sure the bride has everything she needs during the wedding and in the days leading up to the wedding. You should make sure that she’s comfortable with the wedding dress, shoes, hairstyle, makeup and any other items she might need to feel her best on her big day.

As the head bridesmaid, your job is to make sure the other bridesmaids are organized and that the bride is well-prepared for her big day. You will also keep the bride’s attendants in the loop at any pre-wedding parties.

Traditionally, the chief bridesmaid provides assistance in planning and hosting a bridal shower. Though this is not compulsory, it is common for this duty to be given to her. The maid can coordinate with other bridesmaids or close female relatives of the bride to put together the event or she may do it herself.

If you’re organising to invite the close female relatives and friends then its best to get the list of the bride’s friends and close family from either the bride or the bride’s mother. The bridesmaids would need to introduce themselves at the hen party to the rest of the family and friends. They may also be in charge of assembling the favours and sorting out the games at the shower

The chief bridesmaid should help the bride open her gifts and keep a list of what each guest gave to make it easier for the bride to write thank-you notes. The Chief Bridesmaid can also create a “bouquet” with ribbons and bows from packages or enlist another creative friend of the bride or bridesmaid to do so.

The chief bridesmaid (along with the bridesmaids) typically organises the Hen-do party. Before deciding what type of party the bride would like to have, you should keep in mind that attendees at this kind of event usually pay for themselves and the chief bridesmaid is in charge of collecting the funds. The bride will supply a list of people who she would like to invite to her hen-do.


During The Wedding Day

The Bridesmaids are tasked with the responsibility of helping the bride calm her nerves, helping her get dressed and making her feel confident and beautiful on her wedding day. If there are any tense moments between members of the wedding party or family, the head bridesmaid should act as an intermediary.

During the ceremony when the bride makes her grand entrance, the chief bridesmaid should walk in just before her. Once at the altar, you should make sure that the bride’s train is positioned well throughout the ceremony and you’ll be responsible for holding the wedding bouquet. You may be asked to hold the groom’s wedding band for the ring exchange and you may be asked to be a witness in the signing of the marriage license or even to do a reading.

The head bridesmaid typically stands to the groom’s left, if the wedding has a receiving line, with the other bridesmaids placed to the left of her. Also when the newlyweds are taking their photos, she can help identify who is who and ensure that important shots are taken while the bride and groom take photos with their family members or their bridal party.

At the wedding reception, she may be asked to share a toast with the best man. She, along with the bridesmaids and groomsmen will all be responsible for ensuring that the wedding is moving smoothly, the wedding guests are taken care of and that everyone is having a good time. The Chief bridesmaid should also be there to check up on the bride to see if she needs any assistance with anything or to go with her to the restroom.

After The Wedding

At the end of the reception, the chief bridesmaid can be responsible for getting the wedding dress from the reception hall to the bride’s home or to a professional cleaner. She may also be responsible for helping the bride and groom with the transportation home. They may even offer to look after their pet/pets or pick up their mail while the newlyweds are on their honeymoon.

You’re probably feeling relieved and excited that the hard work is over and your friend is finally married. But don’t forget: there’s still a lot of work to be done after the wedding! You may likely be in charge of sending thank-you cards and handling all of the wedding gifts. With so much responsibility, it’s important not to neglect yourself during such a busy time. Make sure you take some time for yourself after the wedding. Don’t feel like you need to devote every waking moment to following up with guests or sorting through gifts.

Then when they arrive back home, you can go through the wedding day memories and talk about the highlights of their special day.

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Emma is the editorial director and has been with the brand since 2021. She is is a writer and editor with over 5 years of experience covering Weddings, Fashion and beauty.

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