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What is the Difference Between a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor?

The terms ‘Maid of Honor’ and ‘Matron of Honor’ cause confusion sometimes when planning the bridal party. The difference only lies in the marital status of the chosen person. ‘Maid’ is a term used to refer to a single woman, and ‘Matron’ refers to a married woman. So if the person chosen to be the bride’s right hand woman is single, she is called her ‘Maid of Honor’. If the chosen woman is married, she can be called her ‘Matron of Honor’.

Some areas of the world do not use these distinguishing titles. The bride’s main attendant is simply always called Maid of Honor whether or not they are married. Some areas do use the two different titles. If you are unsure of the traditions in your area, ask someone who deals with weddings on a regular basis, such as a wedding planner or perhaps a clergyman.

Although the name of the titles can be different, the role of the matron of honor is the same as a maid of honor: the chief attendant of the bride.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 April 2009 )
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