Special Ways to Help Your Maid of Honor Stand Out
Chances are, your maid of honor was instrumental in getting you to your wedding day. We're not just talking about seamlessly executing pre-wedding parties, helping you keep track of RSVPs, or weighing in on big-day décor decisions. Consider all of the bridesmaid disputes she helped mediate and late-night panic sessions she helped dissipate—the more you think about it, the more you'll realize that your relaxed, excited emotional state is a result of her hard work, diligent care, and constant support. It makes perfect sense, then, that you'd want to show her some extra love when the wedding day arrives.
To help you honor your right-hand woman, we put together a series of ideas to help her stand out during the festivities. Here's the best part: These simple ideas are easy to pull off but make fairly large statements. The gist? She'll definitely be noticed and, ultimately, honored for her indelible role in planning your celebration. If you really want her to stand out in the crowd, we recommend heeding our maid of honor fashion advice. Consider having her wear a dress that's entirely different from the bridesmaids', whether in silhouette, color, or style. Looking for a subtler way for her garment to pop? Let her pick out a neckline that's dramatically different.
If you're set on cohesive bridal party ensembles, turn to her accessories to make a splash. Statement jewelry or a brightly colored lipstick are both options that'll set her apart from the rest. Alternatively, have her pick a different hairstyle—maybe she rocks a topknot while the rest of your 'maids go with chignons.
However you choose to make your maid of honor feel special on the big day, be sure to communicate to her how much you appreciate her guidance and care (a verbal acknowledgement supersedes any gift or special treatment!). Ahead, the best ways to help your maid of honor stand out on your wedding day.
Whether you want all of your 'maids to be matching or they're all wearing different dresses as per the mix-and-match trend, give your maid of honor a special accessory—like a pretty hair ribbon!—to ensure she stands out from the rest.
Maid of Honor Jumpsuit
A different silhouette will undoubtedly separate her from the bridal party crowd. Even better? Disregard dress otions entirely and insist she opt for a contemporary jumpsuit, instead.
Matching Hair Pieces
Maybe her bouquet is that much lusher than the other bridesmaids'—or maybe it features her favorite flower or a pop of her go-to color. This dahlia, rose, anemone, ranunculus, and peony arrangement is a perfect example of how special her personal bouquet should feel.
Add a Ribbon to Her Bouquet
Differentiate her bouquet further with a single, simple addition—a trailing silk ribbon. Laura of Lauxmont handled these attendants' clutches.
Make your maid of honor feel special with a unique piece of jewelry, like dramatic drop-earrings, an engraved necklace, or friendship ring.
Solo Walk Down the Aisle
If the bridesmaids are paired up with groomsmen, having her walk down the aisle on her own will easily showcase her status. Surprise her on the big day by pairing her entrance with her favorite song—the shock on her face will be worth it.
A splashy lip color, like coral or brick red, will help her stand out both on the big day and in photos.
Dramatically Different Neckline
Her dress doesn't have to be completely different from the bridesmaids' to stand out. An alternate neckline is a simple way to give her more recognition. Make like this maid of honor, whose dramatic off-the-shoulder gown stood out from the rest of the womens' high-necked garments.
Matching bride and MOH bouquets make the most impact if the rest of the bridal party doesn't carry anything. This bride opted for that exact set-up on her big day—she and her maid of honor held identical clutches by Blush and Vine.
Perhaps she doesn't carry a traditional arrangement at all. Send her down the aisle with something special to hold, like a floral and greenery-adorned hoop. Joy In Bloom Floral created this pretty option.
Help Her Make Noise Down the Aisle
Here's another bouquet alternative that'll set her apart: A tambourine that jingles as she she walks will ensure that all all eyes (and ears!) are on her.
Unique Dress Accent
A cape or overlay—which this bride used to accentuate her maid of honor's hand-dyed blouse and skirt from India—is a contemporary way to bring a touch of intrigue to her big-day attire.
Dress her in a completely different color—one that deeply contrasts the shade of your bridesmaids' gowns. We love the juxtaposition of gold and black, demonstrated by these women's Revelry dresses, for a particularly high-contrast combination.
Special Getting Ready Outfit
There are so many ways to personalize her bridal suite ensemble. Monogram her pajama set, buy her a different color robe, or—like this bride—gift her a caftan that virtually matches yours (we're loving its southwestern vibes!).
Seat Her Next to You at the Head Table
She'll be standing next to you as you exchange vows—shouldn't she also sit next to you at the head table? Think about how much fun you'll have flanked by your two favorite people: your new spouse and your forever best friend.