Maid of Honor Vs. Matron of Honor

Maid of Honor Vs. Matron of Honor

It used to be that if you had a maid and a matron of honor, the maid took precedence. They typically would stand closer to you at the alter and handles more responsibilities.  Now it is more common to have both and split the responsibilities. The Maid of Honor refers to a bride’s honor attendant who is NOT married. The Matron of Honor refers to one who is married.

Many brides have come up with more trendy names such as "best woman" or "best person." The person who stands up for you doesn't have to be the same sex as you. If you are a woman and your best pal is a guy, then make him your "best person." It is your day and you can do what you like! 


And while either version of a MOH is definitely, well, an honor, that doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself to just one. Especially in a larger bridal party having two MOHs, married or not, can be incredibly useful when it comes to keeping the rest of the gang in line. 

If you’re going for something a little more eye-catching, like bridesmaids in solid colors and your MOH in a print, you could have both women wear the same print in different silhouettes, or ask them to choose two coordinating (but not matching) prints that fit your palette.

Typically, the maid of honor walks down the aisle with the best man. If you have two MOHs but only one best man, you could either have him escort both women down the aisle or tap another to serve as a second escort. Whether you are having your bridesmaids and groomsmen walk separately or together, there’s no protocol as to whether the matron or maid of honor stands closer to the bride at the altar (and therefore walks last). 

If one is a sister and the other is a friend, most brides will opt to have their sister stand closest, even if she isn’t yet married. Keep in mind that this is YOUR day and do whatever you feel most comfortable with! Hope this helps give you a little insight! 


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