Roles and Responsibilities of the Wedding Party

On your wedding day, you and your partner won’t be the only individuals walking to the altar. Your friends and family that you’ve chosen as members of the wedding party will be there, as well, standing with the two of you on your special day.

One of the most important, personal, and also difficult parts of planning your wedding may be selecting the members of your wedding party. This group won’t just be the people who walk you down the aisle and share your big day with you, they’ll also be the people who help you plan your big day, the ones you can truly rely on. The wedding party is often made up of your siblings, as well as your closest friends and those family members you feel most strongly about.

Who is in Your Wedding Party?

This piece will act as a guide so that you can learn about the roles, responsibilities, and duties for each individual who will be in the wedding party.

The wedding party will include:

  • Matron of Honour, Maid of Honour, Honour Attendant for Bride
  • Bridesmaids or Other Attendants for Bride
  • Best Man/Woman, Groom’s Honour Attendant
  • Groomsmen
  • Ushers
  • Bride’s Parents
  • Groom’s Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Officiant
  • Flower Girl
  • Ring Bearer
  • Readers
  • Train Bearer

Party Members that are Specific to Certain Religions

Jewish Weddings often include Chuppah Carriers These individuals carry the poles of the chuppah, which is a sacred wedding canopy representing the new home for the couple. They are traditionally men but can be any four people the couple selects.

In a Muslin wedding, the groom selects attendants that are called the Hattabin.

Some Christian weddings also have younger Christian teens to act as Candle Lighters, walking ahead of the parents of the bride and groom in order to light the altar candles.

Roles of the Wedding Party

The members of the wedding party assist the couple with numerous tasks as they plan their wedding, like running errands, making decor, addressing invitations, and other important jobs. The individuals being married may also ask advice from these individuals as they attempt to make decisions while planning their wedding.

They may also be asked to wear specific clothing for the wedding, as requested by the couple, in order to visually demonstrate that they are part of the ceremony.

These people will also be helping the couple prepare for the day of the wedding by buying ceremonial cups and ornaments from Silver and Pewter Gifts to working to make them feel more comfortable and helping them to stay calm.

The party often takes formal photos before the ceremony or immediately after, so that the couple will have them for their wedding album, as well.

They may also have special seats at the reception, either with the couple or at a table just for the wedding party.

These individuals also act as a support system to the couple as they begin their new marriage, helping them as they work through their first through fights, encouraging their love, and helping them grow as a couple.

In this vein, they may also plan special events leading up to the wedding, like bridal showers, bachelor parties or bachelorette parties, and more.

Nominate a Head Bridesmaid and Usher

Usually, the head bridesmaid for the bride takes care of planning the shower, keeping the bride organized, and keeping all of the bridesmaids and events organized. She’s the glue that holds the bride’s side of the wedding party together.

The head usher on the groom’s side handles all of the bachelor’s events while providing support to the groom. He keeps track of the wedding rings until the ceremony.

The wedding party is typically very involved in the process of planning and setting up the wedding. They often dedicate quite a bit of both time and money to keep everything running smoothly, so it’s extremely important to make sure that they are thanked for their assistance. Be sure to properly thank the entire wedding party for their hard work and dedication, and make sure you properly show your appreciation for the friendship and support they’ve shown you.