(Closed) Horrible Maid of Honor Wedding Story

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
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    Busy bee

    I’ve been a maid of honor several times.  My best pointer to avoid conflict with wedding party members is to communicate exactly what you want to happen.  During one friend’s wedding, the bride was not very good at communicating with her bridal party.  There was a long intermission following the wedding until the reception, and it was after the photography.  The bride had repeatedly said that people were to do their own thing after the wedding until the reception.  So my friends and I (all members of the bridal party…who had all had been informed of the same information) ended up gathering at my house (a block from the reception location) because we were basically told we weren’t wanted or needed.  We arrived at the reception (not late… early actually… but after hanging out at my house to find that the bride was wondering where we were…which we felt bad that she wondered… and yet we had followed her instructions.  I really think it’s important to invent a wedding week or weekend schedule.  Starting with arrival times for out of town bridal party members and guests…(you might need to be picking people up from the airport) and including details of location sites.  You need to make a master list as well as guest and bridal party member specific lists.  (For example, the groommen or ushers probably need to be dressed and ready to do ushering jobs or escorting jobs at least an hour ahead of the ceremony.)  But the bridesmaids will not be needed on site until the bride wants to arrive which might be just before the wedding or it might be two hours before.  And, someone other than the bride or her mother or wedding party member needs to have a copy of the master schedule and important contact numbers… 

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