Of all the participants in a wedding, the maid of honor or matron of honor (if she’s already married) carries the mother lode of all duties. Scary, right? It doesn’t have to be! As long as you remain active in every facet of planning and become the go-to point person on the big day, aka memorize the timeline inside and out, you’ll do an A+ plus job in our books. Check out WeddingWire’s checklist for more in-depth details.
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Jennifer and Marco were married at Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, Texas on April 5. “It had a beautiful outdoor spot overlooking the winery under a canopy of overarching oak trees,” Jennifer said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short lavender chiffon dresses and carried wildflower-esque bouquets of peonies, roses, and lots of greenery. Notice Jennifer is wearing cowboy boots too? “Our first look was probably my favorite moment,” she said. “It was a special time just between Marco and I to see each other before I walked down the aisle. It took a lot of nerves out of the ceremony, so we could really be present physically, mentally, and emotionally.” The couple’s parents were even included in a wine tasting pre-exchanging of vows and rings. Cheers to that! Following, the reception was held inside. Tables were decorated with linens, lace runners, and tall topiary centerpieces. The four-tiered buttercream frosted cake looked oh-so delicious, and the groom’s cake was reminiscent of the state’s flag. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Invest in a wedding coordinator!” Jennifer said. “It is WAY worth the money.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.
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Your reception tables are where your guests will be spending the most time during your entire wedding, so why not put a little personality into your place settings? Little did you know, there’s more to it than just a china, flatware, glassware, linens, and menu cards. Get creative with the rentals you have available to you. All it takes is important extras like on-theme objects, fun favors, and patterned linens. Read more ideas here.
Liz and Zach were married at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. on April 26. “We were looking for a beautiful ceremony and reception space all-in-one, but it was very important to us to find a venue that had just as beautiful of a setting for our ceremony if it were to rain,” Liz said. “After seeing some pictures of indoor ceremonies at King Family Vineyards, we knew it was ours.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a statement necklace, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long blush chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and snapdragons. Fun fact: Liz also designed the invitations! “The moment before walking down the aisle is what stands out the most,” she said. “I was weirdly calm throughout the entire day of our wedding until I was standing at the double doors about to go outside. I was arm-in-arm with my dad. I could feel his pulse and my pulse at the same time and was lookout out at all of our family and friends waiting to watch us get married. It was an indescribable feeling!” Following, guests were direction inside for the reception. Tables were decorated with chevron patterned runners, mercury glass vase centerpieces, and candles. “I loved all our flowers,” Liz said. “Our cake table too.” A dessert display featured the two-tiered cake and cupcakes, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds best advice? “Hire a planner!” she said. “They will keep you sane during planning and relaxed on the day of.”
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Just like bridesmaids, groomsmen need gifts too! Whether it’s your big brother or buddy from your college fraternity, now is the time to show them how much they mean to you. Assuming that they have rented a tuxedo or suit, have escorted great grandma down the aisle, and haven’t said anything obscene during the reception toast, give them something other than a flask. Check out our Advice Editor’s can’t-miss gifts under $50.