Wediquette Wednesday: How do we label our non-traditional bridal party?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we are sharing a question from Dee Lane’s advice column in the new Summer/Autumn 2016 issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine.

— Melanie Warner Spencer


Question: My fiance and I are having non-traditional wedding parties where instead of a maid of honor my best guy friend will stand for me, and my fiance’s best girl friend will stand for him. We’re happy to explain our choices to anyone who asks, but what do we put on our programs?

Answer: Thanks to trailblazers before you, these terms are already in place. Your male friend would be known as the man of honor and your fiancé’s friend would be called the the best woman. There are also other options such as bride’s attendant or honor attendant, groom’s maid, best lady, best maid, and I’ve even seen best friend of honor. You can also just say “standing for the bride is _____.”
Choose whichever makes you happiest and on which you, your fiancé and your attendants agree. After all, this is your day.



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