Best man

•Organizes the bachelor party/dinner

•Rents or purchases his own formal wear

•Drives groom to the ceremony

•Holds the bride’s ring until the appropriate point in the ceremony

•Gives payment check to the officiant either just before or just after the ceremony (the money is customarily provided by the groom and his family)

•Gives payment check to other service providers, such as chauffeurs and reception coordinators (if the families wish him to)

•Returns the groom’s attire (if rented)


Maid/Matron of honor

•Helps the bride with addressing envelopes, recording wedding gifts, shopping, and other important pre-wedding tasks

•Arranges a bridal shower (with bridesmaids)

•Helps the bride dress for the ceremony (with bridesmaids)

•Pays for her own wedding attire

•Helps the bride arrange her train and veil at the altar

•Holds the groom’s ring until the appropriate point in the ceremony

•Holds the bride’s bouquet while she exchanges rings with the groom

•Signs the wedding certificate (with the best man) as a witness of the wedding

•Stands in the receiving line (optional)

•Assists the bride in any additional planning


Bridesmaids

•Pay for their own wedding attire

•Help organize and run the bridal shower

•Keep a gift record at the shower (usually one bridesmaid only)

•Assist the maid of honor and the bride with pre-wedding shopping or other tasks

•Stand in the receiving line (optional)


Ushers

•Rent (or purchase) their own formal wear

•Arrive at the wedding location early to assist with set-up

•See to important finishing touches, such as lighting candles (if this is required), tying bows on reserved rows of seating, and other tasks as required

•Escort guests to their seats

•Meet, welcome, and seat guests of honor (such as grandparents)

•Roll out aisle runner immediately before processional

•Straighten up and clean after ceremony

•Oversee transfer of all gifts to a secure location after reception

•Help decorate the newlywed’s car


Groomsmen

•Pay for their own wedding attire

•Help organize and run a party for the groom

•Greets guests as they arrive

•Close windows and check pews for programs or articles left behind after the ceremony

•Return all rented items to the vendor

•Dance with bridesmaids and other guests

Flower girl

•Her family pays for dress and accessories

•Last person down the aisle before the bride

•Sprinkles flower petals for the bride to walk on


Ring Bearer

•His family pays for attire

•Precede the flower in the procession

•Carries the rings (faux) which are displayed on a satin pillow


Mother of the bride

•Last person seated before the processional begins

•Helps the bride in choosing her gown and accessories and in assembling trousseau

•Helps the bride select bridesmaids’ attire

•Coordinates her own attire with the mother of the groom

•Works with the bride and the groom’s family to assemble a guest list and seating plan

•Help address and mail invitations

•Helps the attendants coordinate bridal shower

•Assist the bride with additional duties before the ceremony

•Occupy a place of honor at the ceremony

•Stand at the beginning of the receiving line

•Act as hostess of the reception

•Occupy a seat of honor at the parents table


Father of the bride

•Escort bride down the aisle

•Pays for a portion of the ceremony

•Makes a toast during the reception

•May assist in transporting guests to and from airport

•Gives bride away during ceremony

•Dances with the bride

•Greets guests in receiving line

•Occupy a seat of honor at the parents table


Mother of the groom

•May help the bride in choosing her gown and accessories

•Coordinates her own attire with the mother of the bride

•Host and pays for an engagement party if necessary

•Host and pays for the rehearsal dinner

•May contribute to the wedding budget

•Greets guests in the receiving line

•Occupy a seat of honor at the parents table

•Dances with the groom


Father of the groom

•Host and pays for an engagement party if necessary

•Host and pays for the rehearsal dinner

•May contribute to the wedding budget

•Greets guests in the receiving line

•Occupy a seat of honor at the parents table

•Rents or purchases own formal wear

•Makes a toast during the reception

•Occupy a seat of honor at the parents table

•May escort wife to her seat right before the mother of the bride is seated



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