Life as a Maid of Honor

My short stint as a Maid of Honor for my sister was really amazing. I’m not going to lie, it was a ton of work, but when you’re planning your own wedding it really doesn’t seem like work and when it’s your sister…I mean, come on. There is no greater joy.

All in all, I performed the classic Maid of Honor duties. I threw her a bridal shower, I kept my phone at my side at all times for the couple of weeks preceding the wedding to put out any fires, I was her craft slave (that was rather voluntary, actually) and on the wedding day I was her stress reliever.

I did a few things I am especially proud of:

1.) I made Sister Coconut an iPhoto book (thanks for the idea, Mrs. CB) documenting all of the events leading up to the wedding. I had all the girls sign it! In the book, I also attached her bridal shower invite, the menu and the advice cards I had mailed along with the invites. I also included some of the games we played.




2.) Thanks to
Miss Peacock, I decided to buy tank tops for the girls to wear for the morning of. The girls wore pink, which matched our dresses. Sister Coconut wore white and I wore a light pink with a cute baby picture of my sister. I got some laughs.

(That’s Audrey. She was the rockstar bridesmaid. She will likely kill me for posting this.)

3.) The morning of the wedding, I got up early to prepare a nice relaxing bath for Sister Coconut. I woke her up very gently, no frightening buzzes were allowed! Didn’t she look rather happy at 9:15 in the morning?

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4.) I mentioned in a prior post the mistake I made in forgetting her rehearsal bouquet. Well for the day of, I had packed an emergency kit that included lotion, tissues, swabs, band-aids, lip gloss, a compact, etc. I also had other items like a camera, a video camera, her shoes, and perfume, and I put it all in that tote you see above. That was my go-to tote. I made sure everything was in there and that was all I needed to keep track of.

5.) For the rehearsal dinner, I made a slide show! Yes, I know everyone does this, but when you can make the quarterback of a college football team cry, you know you did good! (Anyone watch Friends? Remember Monica at her parents’ anniversary party?!?)

6.) Before I had the privilege of putting her dress on (which was the most amazing experience by the way), I made sure to lay out all of her accessories for the photographer. As a fellow bride to be, I knew that was going to be one of the pictures! I also made sure to hang her dress in a pretty spot before the photographer arrived!

(Steaming the ladies’ dresses!)


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(As you can tell by the look on my face, I was all business!)

7.) During pictures, I was an annoying tissue blotter. Being July in Florida, I didn’t want Sister Coconut with a shiny nose! I considered it my #1 duty to make sure she was looking fabulous at all times! ;) Although, look at her, it was a pretty easy job!

8.) During the reception, Sister Coconut was being the responsible bride going to all the tables to greet her guests. After five dance songs, I had to do it. I ran over, apologized to the guests and stole the bride. The song was “Shout!” and it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding reception. The next hour was filled with non-stop dancing and it seriously made my entire night.

9.) The last thing I would say is that I had so much fun being a Maid of Honor!

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Mrs. Coconut

Location:
Tallahassee
Wedding Date:
November 2008
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    Steph, Guest @ 1:46 pm

    Can you tell me if that dress is white or ivory? I have the same dress and I love it!!

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    misscoconut 351 posts, Helper bee @ 1:54 pm

    @Steph: The dress is ivory, but it’s a lighter ivory. My dress is ivory and it looks considerably darker than hers, so I think it just depends on the designer!

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    weddingspeechhelp, Guest @ 3:01 pm

    Hey great blog, we all hear about the stresses of being a maid of honor. It’s nice to see how much fun it can be too! And nice slideshow, it was really touching, and put me on the verge of tears. I’m really glad that your sister found happiness!

    I’m curious though, did you have to give a speech, I hear more and more MOH’s are giving speeches. Which I can bet can be frightening. Statistics show that most people fear public speaking more than death! So if you have to give a speech and are nervous, I found a great site, Maid of Honor Speech Help that offers NLP advice for using your mind to overcome your fear of public speaking.

    Again great blog post, I really enjoyed it!

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    weddingspeechhelp, Guest @ 3:02 pm

    Hey great blog, we all hear about the stresses of being a maid of honor. It’s nice to see how much fun it can be too! And nice slideshow, it was really touching, and put me on the verge of tears. I’m really glad that your sister found happiness!

    I’m curious though, did you have to give a speech, I hear more and more MOH’s are giving speeches. Which I can bet can be frightening. Statistics show that most people fear public speaking more than death! So if you have to give a speech and are nervous, I found a great site, Maid of Honor Speech Help that offers NLP advice for using your mind to overcome your fear of public speaking.

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    weddingspeechhelp, Guest @ 3:04 pm

    @weddingspeechhelp: Sorry for posting twice! my computer was glitching so I pressed the button twice!

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