The Maid of Honour &
Best Man Duties Checklist

So you and your fiancée have chosen your Maid of Honour and Best Man...now what?

We’ve made a checklist to make sure that you and the most important members of your bridal party know their roles on the big day, so that everything goes off without a hitch!

Prefer to print out the checklist and fill it out by hand? No worries! You can download it as a PDF below.

Maid of Honour Duties

BEFORE THE WEDDING

  • Plan the bridal shower or bachelorette party
  • Provide wedding guests with registry info
  • Lead the bridesmaids
  • Help choose the bridesmaid dresses and accessories
  • Coordinate hair and makeup for bride and bridesmaids
  • Assist the bride with wedding planning and preparation
  • Dress shopping/fittings
  • Cake and menu tasting
  • DIY-ing decor and favors
  • Attend pre-wedding events

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE WEDDING CEREMONY

  • Act as messenger for the bride
  • Play hostess: guide guests and answer any questions about the wedding day
  • Prepare a maid of honour emergency kit
  • Get dressed with the bridesmaids
  • Try and keep things on schedule
  • Arrange the bride’s train and veil
  • Hold the bride’s bouquet during exchange of vows
  • Check and touch up bride’s make up
  • Sign the marriage license as a witness
  • Escort her to the ladies room (and assist her with her gown, if needed)
  • Pack and hold the bride’s bag

At the Wedding Reception

  • Make sure the bride has eaten
  • Escort her to the ladies room (and assist her with her gown, if needed)
  • Dance with the Best Man!
  • Help the bride change and store the dress until after the honeymoon
  • Check and touch up bride’s make up
  • Give a toast at the wedding reception (optional)

Best Man Duties

BEFORE THE WEDDING

  • Provide moral support during the ring selection
  • Lead the groomsmen
  • Shop for formalwear and coordinate purchase
  • Serve as counselor and confidant
  • Coordinate travel and accommodations (if it’s a destination wedding)
  • Plan the bachelor party
  • Attend pre-wedding events

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE WEDDING CEREMONY

  • Create a best man emergency kit
  • Get dressed with the other groomsmen and groom
  • Make sure the groomsmen are dressed right
  • Try to keep things on schedule
  • Hold the wedding rings until the couple’s ring exchange
  • Deliver officiant’s payment after the ceremony
  • Sign the marriage license as witness

At the Wedding Reception

  • Dance with the Maid of Honour!
  • Play host
  • Make sure groom eats and drinks
  • Give a best man speech