Does The Maid Of Honor Wear A Different Dress (& How To Make Her Stand Out)?

Whoever you’ve chosen to be Maid of Honor, you’ve selected them because they play a huge role in your life and deserve to be recognized for that! 

If you’re planning your wedding you might be curious to know: Does the Maid of Honor wear a different dress?

In this article, I will cover some key information about the Maid of Honor, including whether she wears a different dress and how to make her stand out from your bridesmaids. 

Keep reading to find out more. 

Does the Maid of Honor wear a different dress?

The answer to this question entirely depends on the bride and their preferences. However, generally speaking, the Maid of Honor doesn’t typically wear a different dress and the one she does wear is usually cohesive with the rest of the bridesmaids. 

That being said, the bride will usually pay special attention to make the Maid of Honor stand out and feel special in some way. In turn, this will also help the wedding party to easily identify who the Maid of Honor is when it comes to Maid of Honor duties on the big day. 

How to make the Maid of Honor stand out?

If your Maid of Honor looks the same as your bridesmaids, you might be curious to know how you can make sure they are easily distinguishable. 

There are a variety of different ways to make sure that your Maid of Honor stands out amongst your bridal party which I go into more detail about below.

A Unique Dress Fabric 

While you might want all of your bridesmaids and the Maid of Honor in the same color, a nice way of distinguishing between them is to give the latter a dress with a slightly different fabric.

There are a variety of different fabrics that work brilliantly for this idea. For instance, if your bridesmaids are all in chiffon dresses, why not put your Maid of Honor in a combination of chiffon and lace? Your bridal party will all look similar, but it gives your Maid of Honor an edge that is sure to make her feel super unique and special as your right-hand woman. It’s a win-win!

A Different Hairstyle 

Lots of brides like to give their bridesmaids the same hairstyles for a cohesive look across the board. However, a good way to make your Maid of Honor stand out is to give her a different hairstyle to the bridesmaids.

If your bridesmaids have their hair in an up-do, perhaps your Maid of Honor could have an up-do with a braid that makes her hairstyle stand out in a different way. This is a super affordable way of ensuring that she stands out against the crowd. 

Alternatively, you could opt for a variety of flowers in your Maid of Honor’s hairstyle to ensure that she can easily be recognized amongst the bridal party without flowery hairstyles. Giving her a hairstyle with flowers is also a nice way of complimenting your Maid of Honor’s bouquet, and will tie the look together.

A Unique Bouquet 

A simple way to make your Maid of Honor from the rest of your bridesmaids is to switch up her flowers, and give her a unique floral bouquet that is different from your bridesmaids’ bouquets.

This is a super easy way to differentiate her from the group, whether you opt for a flower arrangement that is larger, a different color, or features several different flowers that complement the overall color scheme. Not only will this help the rest of your guests to identify who is the Maid of Honor, but she will also feel special in knowing that her bouquet is one of a kind!

Give Her A Special Gift 

Many brides opt to give their bridal party a gift to commemorate the special occasion. If you’re planning on giving your bridal party the same necklace to wear on your wedding day, why not give your Maid of Honor a special pair of earrings as well?

Simply naming someone as your Maid of Honor is a sentimental gift in and of itself, but to honor her with a special gift is something that she will be able to treasure forever will make her feel super appreciated. Plus, she’ll always associate it with your special day!

Allow Her To Walk Down The Aisle On Her Own

Allowing your Maid of Honor to walk down the aisle alone is sure to make sure your guests are aware of who she is!

While it is tradition for the Maid of Honor to walk down the aisle after the other maids and just before the bride, why not allow her to make an impact by walking down the aisle alone? It’s a good way of throwing tradition out the window, and will definitely make a statement!


Another idea to help distinguish your Maid of Honor from your bridesmaids is to have her wearing a variety of different accessories. 

Whether it’s a sparkly hair accessory, a statement necklace, or a rhinestone encrusted sash, your guests will be able to notice the difference between your bridesmaids and your Maid of Honor through these accessories.

If you’re hoping for a more understated look, then you could always opt for a more subtle accessory such as special earrings that are different from the earrings that the bridesmaids are wearing. However, it’s important to remember that you want the difference between them to be obvious enough that your guests can easily spot her!

In Summary 

Whether your Maid of Honor wears a different dress is up to you as the bride and will come down to your preferences. 

There are multiple ways to make your Maid of Honor feel special and stand out against your bridesmaids so she can easily be distinguished.

These methods will not only make your Maid of Honor feel special and appreciated, but will also help the rest of your wedding guests to distinguish her from your bridesmaids.