People often wonder, “what is a Matron of Honor?” To explain Maid of Honor vs. Matron of Honor, there is one key difference. A Matron of Honor is a bestie or a close family member of the bride who is married at the time she stands by the bride’s side on the couple’s wedding day. A Maid of Honor is an honorary position in the bridal party for a close friend or family member who is not married. While the Maid of Honor vs. Matron of Honor’s difference in marriage status leads to a name change, the responsibilities of the Maid of Honor and Matron of Honor are exactly the same.
Who can be a Matron of Honor?
Anyone the bride chooses. Traditionally, a Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor has been a sister or a bestie, but a matron of honor role can also be filled by an Aunt, Cousin, a future Sister-in-law, or another close family friend.
Can a Bride have both a Matron of Honor and a Maid of Honor?
Some Brides choose to have both a Maid of Honor and Matron of Honor. Two right-hand women to support a Bride on her wedding day make the day run even smoother. I have heard of several Brides choosing to have both positions represented in the wedding party.
What is the history of Maid of Honor and Matron of Honor?
A maid of honor once attended to the bride-to-be for several days prior to a wedding, making sure the bridal wreath was made and helping her get dressed. Bridesmaids also helped undress her, making sure to remove all pins (if a pin remained, it was bad luck for the wedding), and helped decorate for the wedding feast.
Today, the Maid of Honor and Matron of Honor help with the bustle, decorating, and much more.
In ancient Roman weddings, the matron of honor was a moral role model, known for fidelity and obedience. (She had to have been married no more than once, and to have a living husband.) She joined the right hands of the bride and bridegroom for the first time at the ceremony.
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