Because a maid of honor has additional responsibilities, it is normal to reward this extra help with an extra special maid of honor dress. The dress should subtly stand out from the remainder of the bridal party but it should still obviously fit in with the rest of the dresses. Consider adding additional beading to your maid of honor dress, or a sash around the waist. If everyone else in the bridal party is wearing strapless dresses allow your maid of honor to select a one strap, halter, or spaghetti strap dress.
Selecting a woman who is not in the same peer group as the rest of your bridesmaids is not unusual. Brides may select an aunt, or sometimes even their mother as their maid of honor. Ensure that your mature maid of honor feels comfortable but still blends in with the rest of your bridal party. Select a dress that is age appropriate but in the same fabric and style as the remainder of your bridal party. Look for a dress with an empire waistline, or a dress that comes with a bolero jacket. Or if your bridal party is wearing strapless dresses look for a matching dress with thick straps for your mature maid of honor.
Electing a little sister as your maid of honor is a sweet gesture that can easily be accommodated. Take extra care to find her an age appropriate dress. If the dresses you have selected for the bridal party are modest enough for a teen or tween simply add a wide bow around the waist of your maid of honor dress. If you are looking at short, strapless dresses for the bridal party, consider purchasing a tea length dress with spaghetti straps for your young maid of honor. Also, do not expect or consider allowing your young maid of honor to navigate the aisle in the same pair of sky high heels the rest of your party is wearing. Find her a pair of flats in the same style and color as the other shoes.
You are the maid of honor for a friend or sister wedding but it not all fun and games. Although you may truly.