Putting together your wedding party is just one of the many exciting wedding planning tasks. As soon as you announce your engagement, it is time to begin the process of putting together the team that will stand with you on your special day and during all those important moments that matter. These tips should help you build the ultimate wedding party.
The Maid of Honor
The maid of honor has an important role as an assistant to the bride during the entire wedding planning process and on the wedding day. The maid of honor serves as the bride’s right hand and a critical piece of the support system. This role is usually best suited for a best friend or a sister. She must support the bride completely. The maid of honor will be an assistant during planning, supporting the brides feelings and listening to her concerns along the way. This person will research information and help find solutions alongside the bride. This very important part of the wedding party will plan and host an unforgettable bridal shower and bachelorette party. On the wedding day, this person will be there to offer emotional support, hold the tissue for happy tears and bustle the gown to perfection.
The Best Man
The best man takes an important role in the wedding party as the support system for the groom. Just as the maid of honor has a supporting role for the bride, so does the best man for the groom. This role is best filled by a best friend or brother to the groom. He will not only stand beside the groom on the wedding day, he will offer support during the days leading up to the event. He will be responsible for preparing and delivering the best man speech, pulling off an unforgettable bachelor party and getting the groom to the altar. Sometimes he holds the rings up until the very important moment when they are needed.
Bridesmaids in the Wedding Party
Bridesmaids are close friends or relatives of the bride. While bridesmaids are traditionally female, in recent years, mixed-gender wedding parties are quite common. This important group of supporters take an active role assisting the bride with planning the wedding and with small tasks, as they are assigned to them. They also assist the maid of honor with planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party. On the wedding day, the bridesmaids lead the procession of the bride down the aisle.
Groomsmen in the Wedding Party
The groomsmen are the male counterparts to the bridesmaids, and take on many similar duties. They are usually close friends or relatives of the groom, and support the groom in all the ways needed during wedding planning and on the big day. They sometimes take on the role of ushers, and are known for decorating the car for a memorable wedding exit.
Why Ushers are Important
Ushers are set apart from the groomsmen with their own matching suits. They are the butlers and greeters, welcoming guests and assisting them to their seats to keep the day organized. This esteemed role is usually filled by close friends and family members of the bride and groom. This is an essential part of the wedding party that keeps the crowd managed and organized on your wedding day.
The Mother of the Bride
The mother of the bride is important to the wedding day and a myriad of other events leading up to the special day in all the ways she is integral to the family. The mother will assist the bride with wedding planning, picking the wedding dress, and helping the bride prepare on her wedding day. She will clasp the pearls, adjust the veil and dress her daughter for her magical princess moment. Sometimes, the mother of the bride will offer a speech at the wedding reception.
The Father of the Bride
As tradition goes, the father of the bride has one of the most important roles in the wedding party. The father of the bride traditionally pays for the wedding. However, the evolution of culture and tradition has shifted this trend. Families might share the cost or the couple might share the cost alone. Putting the bill aside, the father of the bride has a few roles that make him integral to the wedding party. He will give a speech at the reception, give his daughter away, depending on culture and tradition, and participate in the father-daughter dance.
The Mother of the Groom in the Wedding Party
The mother of the groom has an important role and is essential to the wedding party. Just as the bride has the support of her mother, the groom also has his. The mother of the groom supports her son, assists with planning, as tasks are assigned, co-hosts the rehearsal dinner with the father of the groom, and co-hosts the wedding. She sometimes offers a speech at the rehearsal dinner and at the reception.
The Father of the Groom
He won’t be found dancing with the groom, but the father of the groom has an important role in the wedding party. Traditionally, the father of the bride will plan and host the rehearsal dinner, and deliver an eloquent speech to his son, future bride and the guests in attendance. He will also play an active and supportive role with planning, as tasks are assigned.
Other Roles in the Wedding Party
Not every wedding has children or a flower girl, but the daughter of a close family member or friend can sometimes fill the role and drop rose petals down the aisle. The page boy is the male counterpart that escorts the flower girl down the aisle. The ring bearer does not require much explanation. This is the one who is entrusted with the duty of carrying the rings and presenting them when needed. This role could also be filled by a page boy, the maid of honor and the best man or other members of the family.
The Ones that Didn’t Make the Wedding Party
Be prepared for disappointed friends. This might not be so obvious, but it will never be avoided. Not every special person can make the cut. Make sure you express their value and they understand how you reserved special functions in the wedding for them. Offering them an important role in the wedding can help them feel like part of your special day. You can give close friends that did not make it into the wedding party a special VIP seating arrangement. They can wear matching dresses and suits, and lead the entry of the wedding party down the aisle. If they make you feel bad about your decision, you made the right decision not to choose them.
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