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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Maid vs. Matron of Honor

So on one of the forums that I am a part of there have been many posts regarding the difference between a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor.

The role that the MOH plays is the same regardless of if she is a Maid or a Matron. What is the difference in the title then? A Maid of Honor is a woman who is not or never has been married. A Matron of Honor is a woman who is married or has been married.

You can choose the title you wish to use if you have a Matron and she doesn't like the title. However the role is the same.

The following are the duties of the Maid/Matron of Honor (http://ads.omaha.com/WedEssentials/checklists/matron.pdf):

• Pays for her own gown, headdress and shoes.
• If from out of town, pays for her own transportation to the wedding site.
• If not a family member, usually gives or arranges for a shower, luncheon or party for the bride or for the bride and groom.
• Usually consults with the bridesmaids about a joint gift for the bride, collects the money, purchases the gift and presents it to the bride at the chosen occasion. This gift often has the wedding date and sometimes the initials or names of the givers on it. This gift is separate from the individual wedding present to be given to the couple by each member of the bridal party.
• Attends rehearsal for instructions on processional, ceremony and recessional.
• Attends the rehearsal dinner. May be asked to make a toast.
• Follows bride’s wishes on where and when to dress for the ceremony and show up prepared and on time. Remembers to collect her own belongings afterwards.
• Helps the bride dress.
• Calms bride’s nerves!
• Immediately precedes bride in processional.
• Normally stands next to bride at altar and holds bride’s bouquet.
• Turns back bride’s veil if necessary.
• Adjusts train after processional.
• In a double-ring ceremony, is in charge of groom’s ring and produces it at the
• proper time.
• At the end of the ceremony, helps adjust bride’s train and veil when she turns for
• the recessional.
• Serves as a legal witness
• Is available for photographs.
• Stands in receiving line next to the groom.
• If there is a bridal table, sits to the left of the groom.
• Helps bride change into her going away clothes and makes certain the wedding gown is taken care of.

You can also see the link below for more information.

I found this information by going to Google (you can use the Search box above if you want to search yourself) and put in Maid vs. Matron of Honor and many articles came up.

1 comment:

Blablover5 said...

I find it hilarious when someone finds out there is a Maid of honor as well as matron and having no idea what it is suddenly decide they need to have one.