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So, you've been asked to be a bridesmaid or maid of honor. Now what? Do you really know what's expected of you?

We've created an interactive guide to help you navigate the role, and to support your friend in the build up to the big day.

Click on the links in each box for more information.

= Tips for the Maid of Honor

to Start?

Being a bridesmaid can be hard work—here's an overview of what the bride will expect from you.


You can count on buying a dress and hosting (or co-hosting) the bridal shower, but add in a destination bachelorette party (or wedding!) and the expenses can really rack up.


The Gift Registry

Make your purchase as soon as the registry list goes out to get first dibs on the best gifts.


Expect to buy three gifts: one for the shower, bachelorette party, and wedding day. Possibly four if there's an engagement party.

Shopping for
the Dress

You and the bride obviously agree on some things, but all bets are off when it comes to a style for the aisle. Remember it's her day, so be prepared to grin and bear it.


The Gift of Thanks

Traditionally, the day of is when the bride and groom take the opportunity to thank their wedding party for all their help and support during the previous months with a small gift as a token of their appreciation.

The Bridal

[Start planning 6 months out, send invites 1 month prior]

It's all fun and games, but some serious party planning goes into a bridal shower. If you're the maid of honor, it's your responsibility to make sure this event goes off without a hitch.


[Start planning 3 months out, send invites 1 month prior]

Arguably the most fun, this is the bride's way of kissing the single life goodbye. Make sure it's memorable, but appropriate for her personality—not every bride wants a wild and crazy night.


The Rehearsal Dinner

This is usually the night before the wedding. Lucky for you, the groom's family traditionally takes care of it, but plan on being there.