Duties and Roles of the Maid of Honor – Planning the Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party

Just because you're the maid of honor, it does not mean that your role will be all work! One of the more creative duties and responsibilities you'll have in this position is that of a party planner. And not only will you be planning the parties, you'll also be attending them. So if you thought the maid of honor job was all work, you're wrong. It's a lot of work, and a lot of play.

The first party that you'll need to plan is that of the bridal shower. This is the more relaxed, family friendly party that's attended by relatives, coworkers, friends, neighbors, and anyone else that you may choose to invite. You should always try to include the bride's immediate relatives and future relatives – mothers and sisters into the bridal shower party planning. There may be traditions, or other unexpected requirements that you're not aware of that they'll alert you to. Plus it will help to make everyone feel that their input is valued. This shower can either be a bridal shower, geared towards just the bride and her female guests, or a couples shower, which includes the groom and any male guests that he may want.

The second party that you'll be responsible for is the bachelorette party! This is normally a wilder type party that can be anything you desire. This is where your creativity, and intimate knowledge of the bride will pay off in spades. Depending on the bride's style, likes, and dislikes, the bachelorette party should be a party that will fondly be remembered by all in attendance. Remember though, that you do not want to be responsible for canceling a wedding, so take good care of the bride! Do not make it TOO wild.

As a maid of honor, you'll not only be required to work hard, you'll get to play hard. The fruits of you labor should be both memorable and enjoyable, for both you and the bride. Just remember to take your time to plan things out, pay attention to details, and most importantly – enjoy yourself.