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Out of all her attendants, the bride relies most heavily on her honor attendant. Traditionally, the maid of honor is the bride's closest sister or friend. A married honor attendant is referred to as a matron of honor. In cases where a bride chooses to have both a maid and a matron of honor, the maid of honor's role takes precedence during the ceremony.
Before the wedding, the maid of honor's duties include coordinating the bridesmaids' activities, such as meeting for a dress fitting and organizing the bridal shower. She also helps the bride with any preparatory errands or tasks, like addressing the invitations and keeping records of all the gifts.
On the wedding day, the maid of honor helps the bride dress and accompanies her to the ceremony. She signs the marriage license as the bride's witness, arranges her veil and train during the processional and recessional, and holds her bouquet at the altar. At the reception, she dances with the best man and organizes the bridesmaids for formal pictures. Before the couple leaves for their honeymoon, she helps the bride change, and makes certain her dress and bouquet are preserved afterwards.