Defining wedding roles at an early stage will help everything flow easily. And yes, we know that wedding planning is stressful. If you opt for a big wedding, there’s a lot of roles that need to be filled for the big day to run smoothly. But where to begin? Here’s an ultimate guide to every role in the wedding and who does what during the big day.
Wedding Roles Most Important: The Party Members
The first group to handle are the elite members of your wedding party. These include the maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, fathers, and mothers of the bride and groom, ushers, and the officiant. The wedding party is the major support system for the bride and groom on their wedding day and mainly assist with the details of planning the wedding.
Maid of Honor
The maid of honor is a title given to the main lady that is by the bride’s side throughout the wedding process. This is bestowed onto the bride’s best friend or sister — the girl that knows her the best.
She oversees the details and knows the most information about the wedding. She’s also in charge of the bridal shower and is the leader of the bridal party. On the wedding day, she helps the bride get dressed up and she is the last to walk down the aisle before the bride.
As the maid of honor, the best man is the groom’s best friend or brother. He plays the personal aide to the groom and makes sure the groom gets to his wedding on time. He’s right by his side the entire wedding process. He also is the party animal of the wedding party, responsible for keeping the guests entertained.
These are the ladies that form the rest of the bride tribe. They are responsible for putting together details into the bride’s wedding, along with various other pre-wedding activities that need to get done. At the wedding, they keep the dance floor going and mingle with wedding guests.
The main responsibility of the groomsmen is to throw an amazing bachelor party for the groom before his big day. They also assist older wedding guests to their seats at the reception and usher in the rest of the guests.
Parents of the Bride and Groom
These roles and responsibilities entirely depend on the bride and groom, but the parents can take care of the financial costs of the wedding, plan the wedding and guest list, coordinate all the practical details, and attend the bridal showers and rehearsal dinner. At the wedding, they get to see their child get married and dance the night away.
Other Wedding Roles to Bear in Mind
Some weddings have a flower girl (or pet!) walk down the aisle to throw petals around. The girl is usually between the ages of 2-8 in this role. It’s a cute way for the kids to get involved in the wedding if they are close to the bride and groom.
For the boys, the ring bearer holds a decorative pillow while walking down the aisle with the rings. The rings here tend to be fake, in case they get misplaced.