The wedding party is the couple's supports team made up of their closest friends. They care about the couple and should be happy to help anywhere that they are needed. After all, these are the the people that are almost as happy as you are about your new marriage!
Angelus Bridal & Formals has put together a list of traditional duties that the members of your wedding party take care of. Weddings of today don't always stick strictly to these "job" assignments, but they are a great starting point for deciding who will do what. Start with these lists, then adjust them to fit your specific needs.
Maid/Matron of Honor
This is the bride's right-hand-woman, serving as her personal assistant and head bridesmaid. The maid of honor is in charge of coordinating the other bridesmaids, making sure that they are kept informed about pre-wedding parties, fittings, etc... She will organize the bridal shower and bachelorette party, and she may assist the bride in finding her wedding dress.
On the wedding day, the maid of honor will help the bride get dressed, make sure her dress is bustled if needed, and prepare her for the walk down the aisle, plus straighten her gown and train for the walk back up the aisle after the ceremony. She will hold onto the groom's wedding ring, hold the bride's bouquet during the ring exchange, and sign the marriage license as a witness. During the reception, she may be asked to give a toast, and she stays near the bride to make sure her needs are taken care of.
These ladies make up "Team Bride." They should be available to assist the bride with wedding planning tasks. They help the maid of honor host and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party. At the wedding reception, they are there to answer guests' questions and keep the party going on the dance floor.
This is the groom's "go-to-guy!" He serves in the role of head groomsmen, coordinating the other men in the wedding party when it comes to attire, fittings, and suit rentals. He is the one in charge of organizing the groom's bachelor party.
The best man is tasked with making sure that the groom gets to the church on time, and in good shape. He will hold the bride's ring, and he will sign the marriage license after the ceremony. If the officiant is not paid prior to the wedding, he will make sure the officiant receives a payment envelope after the ceremony.
At the reception, the best man is there to assist the groom with anything he may need, and he will organize the toasts being made, starting with one of his own. Lastly, he will make sure the getaway car is ready for the couple before they leave, and the best man is in charge of making sure that any suit rentals are returned.
These fellas are the men that assist the best man in making sure the groom is taken care of. They will help to host and pay for the bachelor party. They may greet guests before the ceremony begins, and at the reception they will make sure everyone is having a good time.
If you will not have ushers in your wedding party, the groomsmen can step into this role. They are there to make sure guests find their seats for the ceremony, release the rows after the ceremony, and make sure everyone knows where to go for the reception.
Today we have seen flower girls of every age, even grandmothers! Generally though, this role is filled with a young girl. Her job is to sprinkle flower petals down the ceremony aisle for the bride to walk upon on the way to her groom. Your flower girl should attend the rehearsal to get comfortable with what will be happening on the wedding day. Introducing her to the rest of the wedding party can help to make her feel more at ease when it is time to walk down the aisle.
A young boy is often asked to carry the couple's rings down the aisle to hand to the maid of honor and best man. A pillow with ribbons to tie the rings to is a classic way to transport them, or he may carry an elegant box with the rings inside. If you don't want to trust your wedding rings to someone so young, it is not uncommon to use symbolic rings in their place. He should also attend the wedding rehearsal so that he knows what will happen and get can comfortable with the rest of the wedding party.
Your wedding party is there to make sure your wedding dreams come true after all of that planning you have done leading up to the big day. Let them help with the details to make it easier for you to relax and enjoy it all.
Our Pompano Beach bridal salon is here to make sure all of your wedding fashion dreams come true! Not only will we make sure you find the bridal gown you have been dreaming of, we can also help you outfit everyone else in your wedding. We carry the most beautiful bridesmaid dresses in South Florida, and if you take advantage of our "Love At First Sight" promotion, your bridesmaids can get a discount on the price of their gowns.
Angelus Bridal & Formals also carries gorgeous gowns for the mothers of the bride and groom, plus we have an in-house tuxedo shop so that you can make sure all of the men in your wedding look their best too. Make an appointment soon to come in and see everything we have for your very special day.
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