Maid of Honor/Personal Attendant:   

  • Helps bride with shopping, invitations and other details as requested.
  • Attends all pre-wedding events
  • Pays for own wedding attire
  • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

  • Takes charge of groom’s ring during ceremony

  • Witnesses, signs wedding certificate

  • Helps bride in arranging veil and dress at ceremony and reception

  • Returns bride’s gown to designated place after wedding.

Bridesmaids:

  • Purchases and completes fittings of gowns
  • Performs tasks as assigned by bride
  • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Best Man: 

  • Assists groom with all details of the wedding day.
  • Pays for own attire
  • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Attends bachelor dinner if there is one
  • Transports groom to the church.
  • Supervises the grooms men, regarding their dress and duties at ceremony
  • Takes care of bride’s ring until ceremony.
  • Presents the clergyperson with fee.
  • Signs and witnesses the marriage certificate
  • Offers the first toast to the bride and groom.
  • Dances with the bride after the groom and both fathers have danced with her
  • Prepares the honeymoon car, packs suitcases in car.
  • Holds for safe-keeping, any tickets, keys, etc. for the groom.
  • Returns groom’s tuxedo to rental shop.

Groomsmen: 

  • Pays for their own wedding attire
  • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Attends bachelor dinner if there is one
  • Escorts bridesmaids during the ceremony

Ushers:  

  • Pay for own wedding attire
  • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Attends bachelor dinner if there is one
  • Make sure principles have flowers before being seated.
  • Distribute wedding programs.
  • Seat guests on appropriate side of church.
  • Assist elderly guests to seats.
  • After all guests are seated, unroll aisle carpet.
  • Check church or synagogue for any items left behind.

Trainbearer  

  • They attend the rehearsal and may attend the rehearsal dinner with their families.
  • The trainbearers follow the bride in the processional and recessional.
  • During the ceremony, the trainbearer may stand near the ushers or sit with their families.
  • They are in the formal Photographs of the bridal party.

Ringbearer  

  • The ring bearer carries a pillow with a ring or rings sewn to it.
  • The ring bearer walks either directly in front of or besides the flower girl 
  • If real rings are tied to the pillow the ring bearer takes the pillow directly to the maid of honor and the best man who will remove the rings.
  • During the ceremony, the ringbearer may stand near the ushers or sit with their families.
  • They are in the formal Photographs of the bridal party.

At the Reception  

  • Ring and Trainbearers do not usually stand in the reception line.
  • Ring and Trainbearers usually sit at a table of honor with their families.

Expenses

  • Families of ring and Trainbearers are expected to pay for attire.
  • If travel expenses are involved, the children’s families pick up these costs.
  • Ring and Trainbearers are not expected to bring gifts to any pre-wedding parties they may attend. If their parents attend gifts expectations would be the same as any other guest. If they attend more than one party, only one shower gift is expected.

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