Bridal Party Responsibilities: A Guide to Supporting the Bride and Groom on Their Special Day

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings

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A wedding day is a special and memorable occasion for everyone involved. The bridal party plays a crucial role in making sure that the bride and groom’s big day goes smoothly. From planning the bachelorette party to assisting the bride with her dress, many responsibilities come with being a part of the bridal party. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the common bridal party responsibilities and how they can contribute to a successful wedding day.

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids are usually the bride’s closest friends or family members, and their main role is to support the bride throughout the wedding planning process and on the big day. Some of their responsibilities include:

  • Helping the bride choose her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses
  • Planning and hosting the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Assisting the bride with wedding day preparations, such as hair and makeup
  • Carrying the bride’s train or veil during the ceremony
  • Holding the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Participating in the wedding processional and recessional
  • Helping the bride with any wardrobe changes throughout the day
  • Dancing with the groomsmen during the reception

Maid of Honor

The maid of honor is typically the bride’s best friend or sister, and her role is to assist the bride with wedding planning and serve as the bride’s right-hand woman on the big day. Some of her responsibilities include:

  • Planning and organizing the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Assisting the bride with wedding planning tasks, such as choosing vendors and selecting the menu
  • Helping the bride get dressed and making sure her hair and makeup look perfect
  • Holding the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Standing next to the bride during the ceremony
  • Giving a speech or toast during the reception
  • Coordinating the bridal party during the wedding day

Groomsmen

The groomsmen are usually the groom’s closest friends or family members, and their main role is to support the groom throughout the wedding planning process and on the big day. Some of their responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the groom with wedding planning tasks, such as selecting the tuxedos and choosing the music
  • Participating in the wedding processional and recessional
  • Escorting the bridesmaids down the aisle
  • Holding the bride’s ring during the ceremony
  • Dancing with the bridesmaids during the reception

Best Man

The best man is typically the groom’s best friend or brother, and his role is to assist the groom with wedding planning and serve as the groom’s right-hand man on the big day. Some of his responsibilities include:

  • Planning and organizing the bachelor party
  • Assisting the groom with wedding planning tasks, such as selecting the tuxedos and choosing the music
  • Holding the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Giving a speech or toast during the reception
  • Coordinating the groomsmen during the wedding day

Being a part of the bridal party comes with many responsibilities, but it can also be a fun and rewarding experience. From planning the bachelorette party to assisting the bride and groom on the big day, the bridal party plays an important role in ensuring the wedding day goes smoothly. With communication and teamwork, the bridal party can help create a memorable and unforgettable wedding day for the bride and groom.

Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today. 

 

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