Amongst the near-endless list of things you have to think about, plan and prepare as a bride for your wedding day, it can be easy to forget that you probably already have at least one great helper at hand!
The maid of honour, by both tradition and her position as a close female friend, is almost guaranteed to be able to help out with many of the tasks. So while you’re off picking out your wedding rings, which tasks can you ask her (and potentially your bridesmaids) to do for you?
Spending time looking for a live band can be a time-consuming task, but at least it’s a fun one! Your maid of honour and bridesmaids should have a good idea of the kind of music you like, and you can help them out with a description of the style you’re after.
They could pop out to local pubs and events, search around on YouTube and spend time online, or even ask their own friends. You would have final say, but it’s great to have someone else do the legwork on this task!
Writing out the names for each invite, as well as the envelopes, and getting them into the post takes a surprisingly long time. What it doesn’t take, however, is a whole lot of input from you, so it can easily be handed over to a keen helper.
Just be sure to pick someone with tidy handwriting!
Choosing the Bridesmaid's dresses
This shopping task can be a tough one that takes hours of searching in stores and online. It requires someone who knows all the bridesmaids and has a good sense of your style. All you need to do is give her an idea of the colour, and any other details you know (such as knee-length or full-length), and set her to it.
You will of course have the final say, but it’s most likely your maid of honour will come to your with several gorgeous options to choose from anyway.
You’ll need a bouquet for you and your bridesmaids, as well as flowers for the ceremony, reception and flowers for the men’s boutonnieres. This takes a fair amount of ringing around florists and asking about availability and prices, but doesn’t need much input from you (just be sure to brief your maid on the general colour scheme and style).
You can ask for final sign off on the florist, but remember, the more you can trust your maids to make these decisions, the less work and stress you’ll have to deal with!
Finally, don’t forget that the maid of honour has all her usual duties to organise as well, such as the bridal shower and hens’ night, so make sure she isn’t too overloaded with tasks – and a gorgeous gift at the end of the big day wouldn’t hurt either.