Selecting your wedding party will be one of the most intimate and significant steps in your wedding planning process. Depending on your personal choices, religious beliefs, and cultural customs, your wedding party (sometimes referred to as the bridal party) may change. Even if it’s unnecessary, having a wedding party is beneficial, and even if you elope, you could still require one or two witnesses. Those closest to you may be in a typical wedding party to support you on your special day and walk down the aisle with you as you exchange vows.
Discover the obligations, responsibilities, and tasks of each wedding party member.
How Should Your Wedding Party Be Comprised?
Depending on the person’s job, the wedding party has three different duties. Some members of your wedding party will help with the planning, some will assist with ceremonial and officiating responsibilities, and others will play additional supportive roles during the event. Here are the three categories of obligations, and everyone in the wedding party fits into each.
Organizing a wedding
To handle many wedding details, the bride (and groom) needs an assistant or right-hand person. The best man and the maid/matron of honor are also considered honor attendants at the wedding.
The maid or matron of honor will be by the bride’s side throughout the whole wedding planning process and will generally take care of the following:
- Plan the bachelorette party or bridal shower
- shopping for a wedding gown with the bride
- Act as the bridesmaids’ point of contact
- manages some aspects of the wedding, like the toasts for the couple
- prepares the bride’s attire for the occasion
- paves the way for the bride to enter the room and enter the ceremony
- Throughout the ceremony, he holds the bride’s bouquet.
- Handles wedding presents brought to the reception for guests.
Roles in Ceremonies
The officiant plays a crucial role in the ceremony because there cannot be a wedding without one. Additionally, people in ceremonial functions may have additional quick but symbolic formal actions that can take place at the ceremony or reception, in addition to the couple’s parents who may assist in planning and funding the wedding and parties:
Officiant: assists the couple in gathering things for the ceremony, conducts the ceremony, and declares the couple lawfully married.
Mother of the Bride: can either walk on the opposite side of the bride as she walks down the aisle or be escorted by an usher to her seat at the ceremony.
Typically, the bride’s father follows her down the aisle, makes a speech, and participates in a significant father-bride dance at the reception.
An usher led the bride and groom’s parents to their seats at the ceremony after leading them down the aisle.
An usher also escorts grandparents to their seats at the ceremony as they walk down the aisle.