Your wedding should be the best day of your life, the most joyous and personal celebration you’ll ever have as a couple. But it takes quite a few different people and responsibilities to make sure the day runs seamlessly and to ensure that you don’t have to worry about a thing!
In many ways, weddings have departed from the traditional structure in recent years, but some things remain the same; after all, jobs still need to be done!
So who does what on your wedding day?
Father of the Bride
Whether you’re having a civil or religious ceremony, the Father of the Bride walks the bride down the aisle, gives her away to her new spouse and escorts the Mother of the Groom out of the service. He will then also make a speech at the wedding reception.
Mother of the Bride
Look beautiful! The Mother of the Bride has no traditional responsibilities on the day itself, other than to be radiant!
The bridesmaids have one role – look after the bride! This includes everything from making sure she is hydrated and the right temperature to keeping her calm! At least one bridesmaid should always be on hand during the group photographs to make sure the bride looks beautiful and her dress is perfect.
Chief Bridesmaid/Maid of Honour
The maid of honour, or chief bridesmaid, is usually a very close friend or relative of the bride. As such, her tasks are a little more intimate. This could mean helping the bride into her dress, escorting her to the bathroom and supporting her emotionally through the planning process and the day itself. The maid of honour often has the responsibility of organising the hen do!
Ushers are absolutely vital to creating a smooth and organised wedding day. Their tasks begin in the morning where they may be required to help set up the venue(s) if it is dry hire, making sure the groom has everything he needs before the day gets going. Before the service, ushers should literally usher guests to their seats and be on hand to greet guests. After the service, tasks like distributing confetti, organising the wedding party into groups for photographs and transporting flowers and decoration to the reception venue will keep your ushers busy!
The Best Man
Often a close friend or relative of the groom, the best man often has a lot of pressure put on him for the perfect mocking but affectionate speech. But the responsibility of being a best man is actually very simple – look after the groom, organise the ushers, remember the rings and make a good speech!
The Wedding Planner
Above all of this, is your wedding planner who will help with all these tasks, particularly the logistical ones! A wedding planner’s role is to take all the stress away and to oversee the smooth running of the day so you can enjoy it to the full.
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