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Planning and getting ready for your wedding day is a big task — you’re going to want some help! So we’ve put together a quick guide explaining the traditional responsibilities of each wedding party member.

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Maid (Matron) of Honor:

• Helps bride shop for wedding gown, attendants’ dresses and jewelry

• Assists bride in addressing wedding invitations

• Attends all pre-wedding events

• Plans and hosts a bridal shower or a bachelorette party or both

• Records gifts received at showers

• Helps bride assemble wedding favors and decorate ceremony and reception sites

• Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Helps keep the bride calm

• Holds onto the groom’s ring during ceremony

• Straightens bride’s dress and veil during the ceremony

• Holds bride’s flowers when vows and rings are exchanged

• Signs wedding certificate along with Best Man

• Offers a toast to bride and groom

 

Bridesmaids:

• Perform any additional tasks assigned by bride

• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Assist Maid (Matron) of Honor in planning bridal shower or bachelorette party

• Help bride assemble favors and decorate ceremony and reception sites

 

Personal Attendant:

• Distributes flower corsages and boutonnieres to honored individuals

• Orchestrates “day of” events

• Takes care of the bride’s last-minute needs

• Assists the bride in dressing

 

Flower Girl

• Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Walks down the aisle along with the rest of the wedding party

• Carries a flower basket, small bouquet, pomander or satchel

• Sprinkles flower petals down the aisle (if a flower basket or satchel is used)

 

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Best Man:

• Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Plans and hosts the bachelor party

• Transports groom to the ceremony location

• Presents ceremony officiant with payment

• Helps keep the groom calm

• Holds onto groom’s keys, wallet, and other personal belongings for safekeeping

• Holds onto the bride’s ring during ceremony

• Escorts the Maid (Matron) of Honor during the ceremony

• Signs wedding certificate along with the Maid (Matron) of Honor

• Offers the first toast to bride and groom

• Prepares honeymoon car

• Returns groom’s and groomsmen’s attire to the rental store

 

Groomsmen:

• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Assist Best Man in planning the bachelor party

• Escort bridesmaids during the ceremony

 

Ushers:

• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Light candles as needed

• Hand out wedding programs

• Seat guests on designated side of church

• Assist elderly guests to their seats

• Unroll aisle runner before bride makes her entrance

• Collect ceremony decorations such as pew bows, aisle runner and unity candle after the ceremony

• Make sure that no items are left behind before leaving for the reception site

 

Ring Bearer

• Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

• Walks down the aisle along with the rest of the wedding party

• Carries a ring bearer pillow with symbolic rings tied to it or rings a bell

 

Remember that your wedding party is there to support you — don’t be afraid to let them know how they can help.

 

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