My Best Friend the Bride
Hi I’m Anda – first time blogger, first time bridesmaid, long time web designer and Knottie fan. Recently, I was asked by my best friend of 19 years to be her maid of honour. If I was going to be completely honest, I’d have to say I definitely was a shoe in, even though she did a good job at making me second-guess what I knew was already set in concrete.
My friend Anna got engaged in Central Park, New York City in a little row boat on the lake. Romantic huh? All that was missing was probably another little boat rowing past, full of violinists to set the mood even more. I was getting ready to go to the gym when I got an SMS from her saying, ‘I need to speak to you’. There were no pleasantries like, how are you, or I miss you. Unlike me, Anna is very straight to the point in her SMS’s, so naturally I thought someone had died. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, and she relayed her engagement story to me.
Overjoyed, I told everyone my best friend since primary school was engaged. I told people who didn’t even know her just out of pure excitement, both for her, and well, for me too! When I told my boyfriend the news, he was the first to put maid-of-honour-doubt in my head, posing the question, “What if Anna picks her sister as MOH?” Selfishly, this had never crossed my mind. Ever. So instantly, and impatiently I SMS’ed Anna asking who will be her MOH.
Of course, she wouldn’t tell me over text. Some of you Knotties may be thinking how rude of me to ask, and perhaps I should have waited, but I figure knowing Anna from the age of eight practically makes her my sister – we have no boundaries, just lots of love. At this stage I was still 99 percent sure of being MOH and began my planning regardless, sending Anna many emails with ideas I’d had for her wedding whilst waiting for her to return from overseas.
Anna played it cool once she came home, dodging my every question relating to who will be her MOH. She had even enlisted her fiancé to misguide me. They both told me I would make a fabulous Guest Book person and kept insisting on it. I’ll be honest, my confidence did waver and I was second-guessing the idea because their joke lasted for what felt like forever to me, real time: two weeks.
Once my birthday came around I received probably one of the most unique and special presents anyone could be given. It was in the form of a card, and it was just simple words written in pen, “You are my closest and most precious friend and I hope you will still be my best friend when we are old and grey. That is why I couldn’t possibly pick anybody else to be my Maid of Honour.”
And so our Maid of Honour journey begins Knotties – I am so excited! The way Anna asked me to be her MOH got me thinking, what are some creative ways to ask people to be part of your bridal party? Have you been sure you would be picked as a bridesmaid, but in the end you weren’t?
Anda’s card from best friend Anna
asking her to be bridesmaid.