(Closed) Your Very Personal MOH Expectations

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Let’s see .. I had the following expectations

if your schedule allows, join me in dress shopping if not.. meh 

Find a dress in navy blue for under $100.00

find a fg dress for her daughter

come to FL for my wedding

help me celebrate my wedding by dancing her butt off at my reception.

she did it all !!

Post # 4
4056 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not having a Maid/Matron of Honor but my expectations for my 3 BM’s are the same

– come dress shopping with me if you can – they all did

– come to pick out your dress (same color, their choice of style)

– come to the wedding and have fun


That’s it. Some of them are better at helping than others, some of them ask about planning, some don’t. All of that is cool ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA: 2 of them offered to plan a bachlorette. That was totally them though, and not anything I asked. my Future Sister-In-Law is doing the shower

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Maid/Matron of Honor will be my sister. I just want her to:

  • Get a dress, we will shop together
  • Attend wedding/rehearsal
  • Get ready with me that morning

I guess I’m pretty simple. I don’t expect much, anything else is just the cherries on top. She has mentioned being excited to plan a shower for me, so that’s great. But now she’s moving this summer many hours away so that may fall through – oh well. 

Post # 6
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

  • Go dress shopping with me
  • Help my mom with the shower
  • Attend the other side’s shower with me — this wasn’t required, but nice ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Buy her dress
  • Pay for her hair and nails (I did the same when in her wedding and I’m covering makeup so don’t think I’m an a-hole!)
  • Be at the rehearsal dinner
  • Spend the night before the wedding with me, wake up and get ready with me

Post # 7
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Come along for wedding dress shopping when she can.

Be there for my shower and rehersal dinner (note: she is local, and we made sure to schedule these events around the important people’s schedules – and she was definitely one of them! – to make sure they could attend.)

Hang out with me while I get ready for the wedding


Wear a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress we agreed on – which was pretty easy, she wasn’t picky and didn’t try to make it about her style, but we have fairly similar taste and she pretty much just went along with whatever I liked, and I let them do whatever they wanted for hair, shoes, etc. I kinda hated the shoes she wore but kept my mouth shut, because really, is anyone going to remember what shoes the Maid/Matron of Honor wore besides me and her? No.



She did also end up putting together a bachelorette party for me (well, more of a bachelorette sleepover, that was much more my style, I don’t really enjoy going out to the club or drinking.), but it wasn’t something I expected. At the time of my wedding she had a one year old that she was the single mother of, and I knew she was really scraping to make ends meet and was obviously super busy between working and caring for her son, so I paid for her dress as her gift. I get kinda frustrated with brides who expect their MOH/BMs to fork over a ton of money, travel for a ton of different events, help them do all their DIY stuff…I just wanted her to be excited for me and be my best friend like she always is!

Post # 8
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My Maid/Matron of Honor is my sister & my expectations are pretty simple because 1) she’s still in college & working pretty much full-time to make ends meet & 2) she lives in GA while me & my wedding are in CA…But I expect her to: 

-give me honest input re: how she feels about the dress – I’m pretty open to anything they wanna wear but they keep telling me to pickout something for them but I wanna make sure they will feel and look beautiful

-buy said dress

-show up at the rehearsal dinner and maybe go out drinking with me afterwards

-show up and hang out with me before the wedding & attend the wedding & reception

-I’d like her & my Bridesmaid or Best Man to go to the river with me if they get here a few days before the wedding to hang out, go tubing, & relax but it all depends on the schedule. 

Post # 9
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

She will:

-buy her dress

-come to rehersal dinner and have fun

-show up on the day of my wedding and have fun 

Post # 10
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am the Maid/Matron of Honor is my Best Friend’s wedding this May and she’ll be mine in May/June of 2014. We have always had a relationship like a great marriage (20+ yrs will do that) where it is always about understanding and being the ONE person who will understand your side no matter what. Neither of us have any expectatoins beyond showing up for the wedding. BUT we both will go above and beyond for each other.

I think that tradition is nice but unrealistic sometimes (especially in this economy). Friendship, like a marriage is about give and take which is not always equal. 

Sorry to get preachy and/or mushy but I just try not to get too hung up on “what everyone expects”. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to say though that I haven’t always liked being a Bridesmaid or Best Man but I LOVE being a Maid/Matron of Honor ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Buy a dress

Provide me with an old and comfy pair of shoes (or buy ones very cheap… she got hers for $2) to glitter for her

Plan a bachelorette and help plan a shower – our group of friends always makes sure this happens, even if we aren’t ALL bridesmaids… without stepping on other bridesmaids toes of course! Thats only why I kind of “expect” it, simply because they are wonderful amazing ladies and I know they will make it happen ๐Ÿ™‚ I have such great friends!!!!

Be there for the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner/hopefully she will spend the night with me at the B&B

Be there to stand beside me and be her stunning, beautiful self!!!

Post # 13
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@makemake:  Well yeah, if my best friend is suddenly distant and I feel like she’s avoiding me I’m going to be concerned – but not because OMG she’s my Maid/Matron of Honor and I need her….because she’s my best friend (your Maid/Matron of Honor should be your best friend, after all, that’s kinda the point). I’d ask her what’s going on, but not in a ‘I need you for my wedding!’ kind of a way, but more in a concerned way, wondering what’s going on with her, if something’s wrong. It seems to me like usually when people are having Maid/Matron of Honor issues, the Maid/Matron of Honor either isn’t acting like a friend at all, or the OP says right in their post that this friend of theirs has always been selfish or jealous or whatever…but then they seem surprised that this hasn’t magically changed because they’re getting married.

Post # 14
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I expect my MoH to:

  • show up and have fun at my wedding
  • wear a dress/shoes/hair/make-up of her choosing
  • listen to me bitch about how much I hate making luminaries
  • give me honest opinions
  • tell me when I have back fat spilling out of my dress

Post # 15
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I expect my Maid/Matron of Honor to:

  • pick her dress so I can buy it already…this has been the only source of stress during my entire planning
  • buy her own shoes
  • come to the rehearsal
  • get ready with me in the morning
  • tell me I look pretty
  • carry my train before the ceremony
  • make a toast at the reception

Post # 16
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My Maid/Matron of Honor is going to be out of the country up until the actual wedding. I pretty much expect her to show up, wear the dress/shoes/makeup we select for her TOGETHER, and help me get ready and not freak out the day of.

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