Yes, as strange as this might sound and reading about the tradition of the Maid of Honor's tasks before and during the wedding when you come to compare it, they were doing the same things wedding planners are doing now a days. In other words, as we all know (and if you don't know you can imagine) weddings are hard work, and the maid of honor became the BRIDE'S "person" to help her out with fresh perspectives about situations.
For example the maid of honor was expected to help the bride with:
- Attend the catering meetings or tastings and make recommendations.
- Host the bridal shower.
- Host the bachelorette party.
- Scout wedding locations.
- Maintain timetables and be of general assistance to keep things moving forward.
- Attend the rehearsal dinner.
- Keep a list of gifts received.
- Select invitations and help with invitation prep.
- Explore floral options and other decorative choices.
- Help the bride shop for her wedding dress and choose bridesmaids' dresses.
- Oversee delivery of the dresses, monitor fittings and assist with other wardrobe functions.
- Encourage the bride to register for gifts, spread the word about where the bride is registered and answer any gift questions that may arise.
- Help with honeymoon planning.
- Help with seating chart details.
- Attend the cake tasting and make recommendations.
According to thefreedictionary.com
matron of honor - a married woman serving as the attendant to the bride at a wedding
Your number one task is to keep the bride happy, but among your other tasks you may find:
- Hold and protect the groom's ring.(this one is tricky his best man should do it but it makes the bride nervous so you do this too)
- Handle dress and veil issues.
- Maneuverability could be important here, even in the restroom, so this is an important and sometimes unexpected duty involving lifting, fluffing, arranging and rearranging.
- Hold the bride's bouquet for the duration of the wedding ceremony.
- Witness the marriage license signing.
- Be part of the receiving line at the reception or act as a greeter.
- Toast the bride and groom.
- Participate in the first dance at a formal reception (partnered with the best man).
- Help the bride dress and deal with her hair, jewelry and the unavoidable wedding day jitters.
- Check the last minute details, like instructions for the photographer and deliveries to the hall.
- Act as a messenger between the bride and groom (and various family members).