The bridal party constitutes the individuals involved in the wedding. It includes the bride, groom, parents of the bride and groom, and several others. Here are some of the other individuals included in the bridal party and what their responsibilities are for the wedding.
Maid or Matron of Honor
The maid of honor, or matron of honor if the woman is married, it typically a sister or close friend of the bride. She is responsible for coordinating the bridesmaids’ activities, such as dress fittings, the bridal shower, and the bachelorette party. She helps with any wedding preparation tasks that the bride asks her to do.
On the day of the wedding, the maid or matron of honor holds the bouquet during the ceremony, arranges the veil and train as needed, dances with the best man, and helps the bride change before leaving the reception.
The best man, or groom’s valet, is usually the groom’s brother or best friend. He can be married or single. The best man is responsible for organizing the groomsmen’s tuxedo fitting, orchestrating the toasts at the rehearsal dinner and reception, getting the groom to the wedding on time, keeping track of the rings, organizing the groomsmen’s photo, dancing with the maid or matron of honor, and returning the tuxedo for the groom.
The bride can choose as many bridesmaids as she wants, but generally speaking 12 should be the maximum number. The bridesmaids should assist the maid or matron of honor with planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party, help with any wedding preparation tasks the bride needs help with, pay for their own attire and transportation, and mingle and dance with others at the reception.
Tip: If possible, choose an even number of bridesmaids so you can have the option to position yourself in the middle for wedding photos.
Junior bridesmaids are girls between the ages of 8 and 16. They don’t attend the bachelorette party, and their parents usually help them pay for their clothing and transportation.
Groomsmen, also referred to as ushers, help plan the bachelor party, attend fittings for tuxedos, arrive early to greet guests, and pay for their own clothing and travel.
Flower girls are usually 4 to 8 years of age. They walk ahead of the bride and scatter flower petals on the ground or hold a bouquet or basket of flowers.
The ring bearer is also under 8 years of age and carries the ring down the aisle. Now many ring bearers have symbolic rings while the best man holds the rings in order to keep the rings safe for the ceremony.
When choosing the bridal party, it’s important to select people who have played an important role in your life and will remain so after the wedding. If you have lots of family, it might be a good idea to only choose family or give all family members different roles in the wedding. Just try to choose people who won’t create drama and will be there to help and support you every step of the way.
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