Maid / Matron of Honour
The Maid (unmarried) or Matron of Honor (married) is the bride’s personal attendant during the entire wedding process. The bride may even have one of each.
She ensures that everything is going smoothly, comforts the bride when necessary, holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony, and keeps the groom’s ring as well.
She may be differentiated by a variation in the style and color of her dress and flowers.
Her main duty is to see that the bride is calm and happy and that the rest of the bridesmaids are properly dressed and arrive at the church on time.
She is usually one of the two official witnesses to sign the marriage license. Laws vary, but require at least one person over the age of 18 to sign the marriage license.
The bride may ask her along to several of the vendors for advice and opinion, generally if for some reason the groom cannot go with her.
The Bridal Shower:
She should make sure the bride has at least one bridal shower. Her close friends, relatives, and the girls in the bridal party can throw showers.
The Wedding Day:
On wedding day, as tradition has it, she is to make sure the bride keeps on schedule and gets to the ceremony site on time.
She also makes sure the bride gets a little something to eat. The main reason people pass out during ceremonies is that they didn’t have any or enough food that day leading up to the ceremony.
She ensures the bride’s hair and makeup are as the bride wants it during her portrait session with the photographer.
During the reception the Maid of Honor is generally asked to say something about the bride during the toasts.