So, what’s the difference between a Matron of Honor and a Maid of Honor and how do I choose?
Most people don’t know the difference, heck, until I got into this business, I didn’t know the difference. Many brides opt for one or the other while other brides go with both. But what is the difference? Well, its the marital status that gives the title meaning. Matron of Honor is a woman whom is married, divorced, or widowed. Whereas a Maid of Honor has yet to be married. That’s it… Article over! Wait-
Now that you know the difference, it is totally up to you. The role of the Matron and Maid are the same. They are there to assist the bride with the parties, shopping for the gown, the bridal party gifts and setting appointments for the bridesmaids etc… If you decide to have both a Matron of Honor and Maid of honor they should definitely split the duties evenly. You wouldn’t want anyone feeling less honorable (lol lil’ joke). If one gives a speech, please allow the other to do so also. This balances the role without animosity or negligence.
One thing to keep in mind is that one of them has ‘been there/done that’. There is good opportunity for advice. Her experience can be extremely helpful in the planning process and matrimonial aspect. Don’t take it for granted.
Red Bow Tip– Sometimes couples choose a male to be the maid of honor, in this aspect, he would be titled the Man of Honor and he will take on the exact same responsibilities as the maid of honor. In the same light, when a woman is chosen to be the best man she will be titled Best Woman. She will take on the role of the best man, such as, tux shopping with the groom and preparing the bachelor party and so forth. Just because the gender changes, doesn’t mean the duties have to.
Thank you for reading our article and if you have any input on the subject please add them into the comments. Let us know what you chose as your “right hand woman/man”.
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- I was the Officiant at the wedding!