Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Guest Post: How to Choose a Maid of Honour

Guest post today by my sister Cora. Enjoy!

HOW TO CHOOSE A MAID OF HONOUR (a complete guide* to choosing the best possible maid of honour for your upcoming wedding!!!)

*This is not seriously a complete guide, it is an homage to my little sister!

First off, can I just list my credentials for writing this blog post?
1) I just got married a little over a month ago!
2) I had the best possible maid of honour.
3) I have pictures to prove it!

Ok, now for this complete guide.

When choosing a maid of honour, use this checklist to make sure that she is the best possible option.

- She has known you for a really long time!! Sisters are ideal for fulfilling this criteria.

Jennie and Cora at least 20 years ago!
- She loves you and accepts you, despite all your quirkiness and control-freak tendencies.

- She is organized (for example, my maid of honour started a wedding binder for my wedding months before I did!!)

- She loves wedding dress shopping (and kind of forces you to go so that you can find the PERFECT DRESS for you)

One of the many dresses tried on

She even helped me shop for my dancing dress. :)
- She is serious about her task and ready to take time out of her normal life to be there for you, even when it involves tedious crafting or cooking tasks.

- She supports and respects your decisions (even when she doesn't always agree). She also reminds you that it is your day... and you can do whatever you want!

- She has the ability to throw great parties!

- She has the potential to get you a perfect wedding gift!

I got an applesauce maker!! AMAZING!!!!
- She is super available the week before your wedding to do even more tedious tasks and help you get through what may be the most stressful moment you have ever lived through!

The car loaded to the brim in order to get almost everything to the wedding site

The "ribbon" factory

The result of the "ribbon" factory

Setting up tables

Sewing the hanging straps down so they wouldn't show

She picked up my wedding dress the day before :)
- She's able to help you get your wedding dress on. This is especially important if you plan on having a classic dress (hard to get in and out of!!)

It looks easier than it is!

Jennie is a pro at lacing up dresses
- She looks great in a dress and is generally very photogenic. **Click!**

Even when she doesn't know we're taking a picture!!
- She can give a great speech (and takes this role seriously) (being generous about passing on family heirlooms is also an asset!)

Jennie putting the final touches on her speech, a few days prior to the big day

Us listening to her fabulous maid of honour speech

The "family heirloom" is indeed a gift that Jackie offered her at her wedding 6 years prior
- She has a good "kiss to copy" in her repertoire. This is especially practical if you have a kissing menu at your wedding.

- She contributes to the fun at your reception

Jennie helping the nieces and nephew to recite a poem (in order to get us to kiss... part of the kissing menu!)

The "sisters song" that we have made a tradition out of singing at each and all of our weddings
- And, most importantly, she really cares about your happiness!!

Jennie tearing up as I walked up the aisle!
Note to the readers: it is unrealistic to expect that your maid of honour will be able to fulfill all of the above-mentioned criteria. Jennie was truly exceptional. In any case, be sure to appreciate your maid of honour.

Jennie, I love you so much and can't thank you enough for all that you did (and were) for the wedding! I hope this blog post makes your readers laugh, but, more importantly, I hope it makes you realize how terrific you are. A maid of honour extraordinaire indeed!

P.S. We love you!!


  1. This was soooo sweet!! Makes me wish I had a sister to give me away one day :)

  2. Yup, she is truly the best maid of honour and an awesome sister! It also should be noted that part of her speech was in French :D

    1. I agree, it really should be noted that I spoke French in my speech. ;)

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  4. I have seen the photos, but, Cora, your words just painted such a beautiful picture of the love your sister has for you (and vice versa). She's a pretty amazing friend, so I can only imagine what she must be like as a sister! ;-)

  5. She is really photogenic, isn't she! But how much did she pay you to write this? And i assume there was a guy involved at some point, right? Best wishes.

    1. No payments were made, I'm just that awesome. ;) And yes there was a guy involved, you can see him in the wedding post I did a couple weeks back.