Maid of honor vs matron of honor

Updated March 29, 2017

When you begin to plan a wedding, you may be a little confused about all the terms involved with the wedding party. Some wedding parties include simply the bride and groom, but more often than not, wedding parties will have several bridesmaids and groomsmen. One special member of the bridal party is the maid or matron of honour. What exactly, though, is the difference between the maid of honour and matron of honour?

Maid of Honor

Traditionally, the maid of honour is the unmarried best friend or sister of the bride. Most brides have at least one maid of honour in their wedding party.

Matron of Honor

The matron of honour is usually a close friend or relative of the bride who is already married.

Bridal Party

Some brides choose only one maid of honour or matron of honour, but it is perfectly OK to have one of each in the bridal party. These ladies will stand to the left of the bride during the wedding ceremony.


The duties of a maid of honour or matron of honour are the same: keeping a close eye on the bride, helping with the wedding planning and helping the bride to get ready on her wedding day.


It is also the responsibility of the maid of honour or matron of honour to plan a bridal or wedding shower for the happy couple.

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