Being a part of the bridal party is an honor imparted onto a few close friends and family members of the bride and groom. Not only are bridal party members expected to stand by the couple throughout the wedding, there are many other behind-the-scenes duties that they are expected to complete. Although the couple can decide to make their bridal party as unique and special as they wish, here are some traditional duties that the bridal party performs depending on their role.

Maid (Matron) of Honor

The maid of honor has one of the most demanding and important jobs in the wedding. She is the bride’s best friend or closest family member. She must be dependable, and know the bride very well. Her most common duties are to:

  • Helping the bride do all shopping, including the bridal party outfits and the bridal gown
  • The main planner of the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Help organize hair and make up for bridal party
  • Carry the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Carry an emergency kit for the wedding day
  • Assist with the dress and bridal bouquet during the wedding
  • Always by the bride’s side and watches over all other bridesmaids
  • During the reception, she helps everyone get on the dance floor to enhance the wedding reception
  • Help the bride get single ladies ready for the bouquet toss
  • Give a speech during the reception
  • Witness and sign the Marriage Certificate
  • The go-to-girl for the bride, wedding planner, and family

Best Man

Similar to the maid of honor, the best man is in charge of making sure the groom and his family are taken care of. He is second in command and must be prepared for all situations. The best man is usually a best friend or close family member to the groom. His most common duties are to:

  • Planning the bachelor party with the other groomsmen and inviting important family and friends of the groom to the event
  • Help the groom get ready on the wedding day
  • Keep the groom and groomsmen on time to all wedding events
  • Witness and sign the Marriage Certificate
  • Hold the bride’s ring during the ceremony
  • Supervise the groomsmen
  • Help arrange departure car for bride and groom
  • Help gather single men for garter toss
  • Give a toast during the reception

Bridesmaids

A bride should delegate her duties among all bridesmaids so they all feel like they have a part in the special day. Some of the common duties include:

  • Help the bride with various errands on and before the wedding day
  • Help the Maid of Honor plan and pay for the bahclorette party
  • Assist with wedding favors, table cards, guests list, etc.
  • Greet guests at events and encourage dancing and mingling
  • Help with any clean up and packing at the end of the night
  • Assist in any other duties assigned by the bride, groom, family, maid of honor

Groomsmen

Considered the groom’s bodyguards, groomsmen have the honor of standing by the groom. Typical Duties include:

  • Help with Tux fittings
  • Help Best man plan and pay for bachelor party
  • Help with unloading and loading of supplies/gifts during ceremony and reception
  • Escort bridesmaids during the ceremony
  • Greet family and guests
  • Help gather single men for garter toss
  • Get guests on the dance floor
  • Assist best man with bridal car decorations
  • Assist in any other duties assigned by the bride, groom, family and best man

Ushers

Though not usually photographed with the wedding party, ushers are an important part of the wedding. They are there to ensure the guests are comfortable and ready. Traditional wedding Etiquette states that one usher is necessary for every fifty guests. Typical duties of ushers include:
-Arrives early at the wedding venue
-Passes out programs to wedding guests and shows them to their seats
-Stays at the back of the ceremony to assist late guests
-May be required to leave ceremony for emergency errands
-Stays behind after ceremony to ensure guests know how to get to reception
-Directs guests to their tables during reception.

The number in the bridal party depends entirely on the couple and who they feel deserves the honor. Most often, the number of groomsmen and bridesmaids is equal to ensure symmetry in pictures. However, this trend is quickly changing. Keep in mind that the larger the group, the more work it will be. Coordinating times, plans and outfits gets increasingly more stressful as you add more people into your bridal party, not to mention organizing a larger group for bridal party portraits. Many couples find it easier to have a small bridal party but assign specific roles to other important members so they feel included. Taking care of the guestbook, gifts, photos, or helping with DIY wedding tasks (Do-it-Yourself) can make people feel involved without being part of the bridal party.

As a bride or groom, remember that the bridal party is your special group of people you have chosen to stand by you on your special day. You should feel comfortable enough to ask them for help and for their opinions. Having a close, reliable wedding party can really ease the wedding planning process!

- Been-There-Bride Blogger

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Image 2 via Best Man

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