Delightful Duties of a MOH: Dress Shopping

Back in December, I was asked to perform one of the most important duties a woman can have in her lifetime. My beautiful, talented and caring best friend asked me to be Maid of Honour at her wedding.

As you can imagine I was thrilled – instant tears of joy! We have been friends since we were nine, best friends since we were fourteen and our friendship transferred itself straight to sisterhood when we were 20. She has been there for me through every important milestone I can think of and to be with her during one of the most important events in her life is an absolute honour.

On July 2, I got to perform the first of my many DELIGHTFUL DUTIES of a MOH – Dress Shopping!

This is my first experience as maid of honour and I have decided to create a series around the experience to share with all of you what I learn along the way.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT DRESS SHOPPING:

  • Provide honest feedback: You need, to be honest with your bride about your feelings toward her dress. While it is her wedding and she is the one wearing the dress, you are MOH and this means your bride is trusting you to give your honest opinion and help her with one of the most important decisions of her wedding planning.
  • Be camera ready: Document the experience for your bride. These are memories she will treasure forever. Be sure to capture the moment she finds her dress!
    Side note: be sure not to make the same mistake as me and charge all devices.
  • Come prepared: I was not as prepared as I wish I had been. The items I should have brought along include water, tissues, elastics, bobby pins and deodorant.
  • Be patient and rested: Dress shopping takes time and patience – you need to respect this! Choosing the dress she is going to wear on one of the most important days of her life is not an easy decision for your bride – especially because they are all so pretty! Be sure you are rested, caffeinated and fed so you are alert and ready for anything your bride needs.
  • Brunch it: My bride took it upon herself to plan a brunch in between dress shops and it was perfect. It allowed everyone to take a break and fuel up on breakfast and mimosas. Another positive to taking the time to sit down and have a meal, is it allows members of the bridal party and family members to get to know one another in a more relaxed setting.
  • HAVE FUN: This is probably the most important bit of advice I can give you – have fun with your bride and make sure this is a day she will always remember!

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