How to Make Your Maid of Honor Stand Out: 7 Easy Solutions

Whether she’s your childhood friend, best friend from high school, college roommate, sorority sister, real sister, or sister-in-law to be, it’s safe to assume that your Maid of Honor plays an important role in your life. As a sign of respect for that oh-so-important relationship and the role that you want her to play in your wedding day festivities, she deserves to stand out from the crowd of other friends and relatives in your bridal party. If you’re trying to figure out how to make your Maid of Honor stand out from the rest of your wedding party, we’ve got seven great ideas on how to make her shine, how to make her feel special, and how to make your guests realize that she’s one of the most important people in your wedding day celebration. From putting her in a different dress to giving her a special gift, it’s easy to make your MOH feel like one of the most cherished participants in your wedding celebration! bridesmaids in mint and maid of honor in pink

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How to Make Your Maid of Honor Stand Out:

1. A unique bridesmaid dress. Whether you’re embracing the mixed-and-matched trend or outfitting all of your bridesmaids in the same look, putting your Maid of Honor in a different dress is the easiest way to make her stand out from the crowd. We’re big believers in creating a cohesive bridal party, but with so many coordinating dress variations available from the same designers, it’s easy to choose a slightly different look for your MOH. There are quite a few different directions you could go… Fabric: I love this technique. For instance, if your ‘maids will be donning chiffon gowns, style your MOH in sequins! That’s one way to make her (literally) shine. You could also dress her in lace or satin. Mixed-fabric gowns are also on-trend, so your ‘maids could wear a combo of lace and chiffon, and your MOH could wear an all-chiffon or –lace design, perhaps? bridesmaids is mismatched dresses

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Pattern: Floral print bridesmaid dresses are still floating down the runways. I’m obsessed, really. Style your bridal party in a mix of solid colors, and your #1 girl in a pattern featuring all of them. The result would be stunning! Neckline: A super easy solution! Your leading lady can don sleeves or a strapless neckline while your wedding party wears the opposite. bridesmaids wearing sequin dresses

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Silhouette: Be careful with this one…I’m not a huge fan of mismatched lengths, but it can be pulled off with care. Another way to take it on would be giving your MOH a train or extra-voluminous skirt. All of our favorite designers offer a variety of cohesive silhouettes and variations that make it easy to choose a slightly different look for your MOH. If you want to make her feel even more special, present her with a few bride-approved options and allow her to make the final decision of what silhouette she wants to wear! 2. Make her bouquet bigger and better than the rest. One of the easiest ways to distinguish your Maid of Honor from the rest of your bridesmaids is to give her a floral bouquet that’s bigger and better than all the rest. While the Maid of Honor’s bouquet should never rival that of the bride, it’s easy to create a larger arrangement, incorporate more color, or decorate her bouquet with different accents or a distinctive sash that gives her a unique look. She’ll appreciate the thought, and when your bridesmaids pose for photos with their bouquets, hers will stand out for its unique, distinctive look. 3. Opt for a unique hairstyle. It may be a subtle distinction, but if all of your ‘maids are wearing up-dos, allow your MOH the option to wear her hair down, or to the side, or half up and half down. The subtle differentiation between hairstyles will undoubtedly make her stand out and take center stage in a bridal party photo. If you are trying to figure out how to make your Maid of Honor stand out, a different hairstyle will certainly make your wedding guests take notice. 4. Bigger, bolder accessories. A statement necklace, a glitzy hair accessory, or a rhinestone encrusted sash may be all you need to distinguish your MOH from the rest of your bridal party. If you’re trying to figure out how to make your Maid of Honor feel special, a unique accessory may be all you need to make the distinction. mismatched bridesmaid dresses in navy

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5. Let her walk down the aisle alone. When all of your ‘maids are walking the aisle with a groomsman, it’s easy to make your Maid of Honor stand out by letting her walk the aisle alone. Everyone knows that the last ‘maid to walk the aisle before the bride is the MOH, but it can make even more of an impact when you give her a moment to shine and walk solo—you could even play a unique song! 6. Give her a special reception entrance. When it comes time to introduce your bridal party at the reception, there’s no reason why your Maid of Honor (and your best man, for that matter) shouldn’t make an entrance to a unique song. I love the idea of welcoming and announcing the entire bridal to one special song, but when it comes times to introduce your MOH, why not let her walk in to a song that has a special meaning to the two of you? You know, that tune you used to rock out to in the car all the time? Or maybe the song she’s constantly getting stuck in your head. Something personal. Whether she makes her entrance alone or with the best man, I love idea of a special song that brings to mind a special memory, even if it’s one that only the bride, or groom, will understand the significance of. 7. A special gift—just for her. It’s common practice to give the members of your bridal party a gift for taking part in your big day, and I love the idea of making your Maid of Honor feel even more appreciated by giving her an extra-special surprise. If you’re gifting all of the girls with earrings to wear on your wedding day, I suggest giving your MOH those same earrings, plus a special bracelet or a necklace that she can wear time and time again as a joyful memory of your wedding day. If you’re having a destination wedding and your bridal party is paying for their own flights and hotel rooms, I suggest gifting her (and the best man) with an all-expenses paid trip if you can find room in your budget to do so. Not only will it show her just how important she is to your special day, but it can alleviate the financial burden that so many of us feel when our dearest friends get married hundreds of miles away. bridesmaids wearing charcoal lace dresses

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Make your MOH shine—she’ll thank you for it.

Does the Maid of Honor have a different dress in every bridal party? The short answer is no, but the bride usually pays special attention to making her feel special in some way. There are a multitude of ways of how to make your Maid of Honor stand out from the rest of the bridal party, and the modern bride can make her Maid of Honor feel special in a variety of different, unique, and unexpected ways. Keep your relationship in mind. Think of all the ways that she’s been there for you over the years, and honor her with the special treatment that she deserves. Simply naming someone as your Maid of Honor is a meaningful distinction all its own, but to honor her with a special gift, a unique dress, or an unexpected moment will inevitably make her feel even more important on your most important day.

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