Bridal Club Magazine
Responsibilities Of The Wedding Party
Have you been dispairing over who in the bridal party is
responsible for what, when it comes to organising
your wedding? Worry no further, here's the low-down on the
duties of the Best Man, the Bridesmaids and ushers - no
arguments. We also look at the Mother and Father of the
Bride, and the order of speeches. Unless of course, you wish to
break with the tradition 'who-ha' and do what is best for you.
Discusses any plans with the Bride, Groom, and
Makes arrangements to hire their attending clothes and decide who
Helps the groom to organise the stag party .
Prepares and finalises a speech for the reception.
Makes sure the Groom has all documents needed for the
and all travel documents for the honeymoon. (passports, tickets,
Arranges transport for the Groom and himself to the ceremony
Collects any hired clothing and accessories the day before the
On the Day
Checks final arrangements with the rest of the wedding party.
Takes possession of the wedding rings prior to the ceremony.
Helps Groom to get ready and make sure he arrives on time.
Ensures any fees are paid on behalf of the Groom.
Sits in the right-hand front row with the Groom.
Produces the rings when requested.
Witnesses signing of register, and signs as a witness if
Follows the Bride and Groom down the aisle, with the chief
bridesmaid on his left arm.
Assists the photographer in organising guests for the group
Stands in the receiving line and greets each guest.
Reads out any messages or greeting cards of friends or family who
could not be there.
Gives the third and final speech.
Dances with the chief Bridesmaid once the Bride & Groom have
had the first dance together.
Discusses bridesmaids outfit with the Bride early on, especially
if they are being made and work out who will pay.
Helps the Bride to choose her dress.
Arranges or assists with plans for the hen party.
Collects any hired clothes or accessories (the day before).
Ensures the bouquets are ready for the bride, bridesmaids and
flower girl (on the day).
On the Day
Keeps the Bride calm.
Helps the other bridesmaids, bride and flower girl to get
Leaves for the ceremony with the Brides mother ten minutes before
Arranges the Bride's dress and veil (if she has one).
Follows behind the Bride and her father up the aisle.
Holds the Bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
Leaves the ceremony on the left hand side of the best man, behind
the bride and groom.
Stands in the receiving line between the Groom and the best man to
greet each guest.
Helps to display and record gifts received.
Assists the Bride to get in and out of her dress when she needs
the toilet and to change into going away outfit after the wedding -
returns any hired clothes.
Arranges to hire their clothes with the best man and other ushers,
and decide who will pay .
Confirms final arrangements with the best man and any other ushers
including time of arrival at the church.
Obtains a large umbrella in case it rains (to keep guests and
bride and groom dry when walking from cars to building).
On the Day
Collects Order of Service sheets.
Arrives at the venue at least half an hour before the
Assists the guests with parking if needed.
Welcomes and seats guests as they arrive.
Hands out service sheets & buttonholes.
Makes sure guests have their mobile phones turned off.
Escorts the brides mother and guests to their seats.
Seats couples with young babies or children close to the
Helps the best man to arrange guests for photographs.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Arranges the hiring of the clothes and decides who
Prepares a speech for the reception.
Collects any hired clothing and accessories.
On the Day
Escorts the Bride to the ceremony.
Arrives last with the Bride.
Gives Bride away.
Stands with the bride until after the vows, and then joins with
the Bride's mum in the front row of seats/pew.
Stands in second place in the receiving line and greets
Proposes a toast to the bride and groom and makes the first
Mixes among the guests and introduce them to each
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
Helps the bride with planning and arrangements .
Arranges your outfit - checks with Grooms Mother about the colour
and style so you do not clash (especially with the bridesmaids and
other wedding party members).
On the Day
Helps the bride and bridesmaids to get ready.
Leaves for the ceremony 10 minutes before the Bride with the
Sits in the front left row at the ceremony .
Stands in first place in the receiving line and greets
Acts as hostess, mixing with guests and introducing them.
Arranges photographs to be distributed after the
Traditionally, only three speeches are given, but it is widely
accepted for the bride to contribute as well - maybe even a joint
speech. Check out our article this month 'Speeches for the Bridal
Party' for more in depth information on making speeches.
Order of speeches:
1. Father of the Bride
3. Best Man