Is your best mate a man?
Then, of course, you can have a man of honour instead of a maid of honour.
However, there are a few things you need to consider...
As more and more people break away from tradition, more brides are opting to have their brother or guy best friend as a bridesman or male maid of honour on their big day.
Why should gender prevent you from having your best mate by your side on your big day?
Definitely. Speak. To. Them. First.
Whilst you might be keen, they might not be comfortable with it.
Have a chat with them and see how they'd feel about it.
If they're good – crack on!
The role of a maid/man of honour *traditionally* comes with a load of responsibilities.
If you think your man of honour will be able to smash through these key jobs, you're onto a winner.
But – AGAIN – check with them to see if they want to be involved.
For example, they may not be too interested in the dress shopping or planning the hen if they aren't planning on attending.
Will they want to attend the hen? Well, you might notice a common theme with the answer...
SPEAK TO THEM!
You may find that he would prefer to join the groom on his stag. Or perhaps you'd like to combine the hen and stag celebrations with one big party?
The options are endless.
Are they able to arrange a legendary celebration?!
Because that's the only criteria you need.
Well, if they're going on the hen.
If they're not, they could always help plan it, but they shouldn't have the full pressure of organising it all.
With over 20 years of hen planning experience under our belts, you may want to point him in the direction of GoHen when it comes to organising your weekend of celebrations.
There's no reason why you should need to change your activities.
We have so many activities available on our website, you're bound to find something that the whole group will enjoy... including your man of honour!
Your man of honour could suit up the same as the groomsmen, wear similar colours to the bridesmaids or you could go completely off-piste and do something completely different.
It's totally up to you.
There's no rule book to say that he can't, but you may find it useful to have a pair of free hands on the day for some simple but very important and helpful tasks.
This includes making sure your train is in place, holding the groom's ring, touching up your makeup and holding your bouquetwhen you're exchanging vows!