As soon as you announce your engagement, it is time to begin the process of creating your wedding party. You might find yourself overwhelmed with friends and family wanting an important role in your wedding day. This can make it challenging to delegate tasks and assign roles. Your wedding party should consist of very important people that are able to handle the responsibilities involved. These tips should help you create the ultimate wedding party.
The Maid of Honor in the Wedding Party
The maid of honor probably has the most 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 is a critical piece of the support system. This very important part of the wedding party will support the bride's feelings and listen to her concerns along the way. She will plan and host an unforgettable bachelorette party. On the wedding day, she will be there to offer emotional support, hold the bouquet and bustle the gown.
The Best Man
The best man takes an important role in the wedding party for the groom in a similar way that the maid of honor does for the bride. He will not only stand beside the groom on the wedding day, but will also offer support during the days leading up to the event. He will be responsible for giving the best man speech, pulling off a bachelor party and getting the groom to the wedding on time. Sometimes, he holds the rings up until the very important moment when they are to be exchanged during the ceremony.
This group takes an active role in the planning of the wedding. They are also expected to help the maid of honor plan the bridal shower and split the cost of the event. On the wedding day, the bridesmaids walk down the aisle ahead of the bride. Bridesmaids often take on other important responsibilities during the wedding.
The groomsmen take on a similar role for the groom as the bridesmaids do for the bride. They are usually involved in planning events leading up to the wedding day, such as the bachelor party. The groomsmen have a supportive role during wedding planning and on the big day. They may welcome guests upon arrival and show them to their seats, if ushers are unavailable. Groomsmen stand beside the groom during the ceremony to offer support.
Ushers are Part of the Wedding Party
Ushers are charged with the very important function of greeting and seating guests. They might not stand beside the groom during the ceremony, but they are in the wedding party. This duty should never be underestimated. This role requires extreme organizational skills in the area of people management, and strict adherence to any special seating arrangements which might be in place.
Mother of the Bride in the Wedding Party
We do not always think of the mother of the bride as being in the wedding party, since she will not attend the bachelorette party or stand at the wedding arch. However, she plays an integral role in the wedding as the hostess of the entire event, as an assistant to her daughter on her wedding day and throughout the entire wedding planning process. She usually spends the entire wedding day with the bride to help her prepare for her flawless entrance and journey down the aisle towards a new chapter in life. She may also give a special speech during the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
The Father of the Bride
According to tradition, the father of the bride pays for the wedding. However, the trends have changed over the years, and most couples are splitting the cost of their own wedding. The father of the bride usually escorts the bride down the aisle and gives the bride away at the wedding arch, where he leaves her standing with her groom. He also gives a special speech at the reception, and takes center stage to dance a very special dance with his daughter.
The Parents of the Groom
The parents of the groom have an important role. They offer support to their son and may assist with planning parts of the wedding. Traditionally, they are responsible for planning and paying for the rehearsal dinner. They both give important speeches during the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
Flower Girls and Page Boys
Having flower girls and page boys creates a place for children in the wedding. Flower girls walk down the aisle with the bridesmaids, dropping rose petals along the way. They are usually dressed to match the bride. Page boys are the male counterpart to flower girls. They usually walk with flower girls down the aisle.
The ring bearer carries the rings down the aisle on a pillow. Some couples assign this duty to a young boy. The best man holds the rings when a ring bearer is not available. Some couples have used a family pet to make it unique.
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. If you formed your team without some special people, make sure you express how valuable your relationship is with them, and how you wish you could have all your special people by your side. Explain that you had to limit your decision to only a few. Try to reserve special functions in the wedding for them. You can arrange special VIP seating and let them wear matching dresses and suits. They can even 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 to be in your wedding party.
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