WEDDING ARTICLES: ATTENDANT'S DUTIES

Attendants Duties

Not sure what the Attendants duties are, exactly? Hopefully this list of duties will help you out. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive list and some duties can be shared amongst other attendants.

MAID/MATRON OF HONOR

* Generally responsible for own gown and accessories
* Helps arrange bridal shower and acts as host
* Keeps a record of shower and wedding gifts for the bride
* Acts as official witness
* Helps calm the bride's nerves
* Rearranges train before the processional, during the ceremony, and before the recessional
* Holds bride's bouquet (and possibly gloves) during ceremony
* Takes cares of the bride's things at the ceremony and reception
* Assists the bride when changing from her wedding gown to her going-away apparel
* Attends the rehearsal
* Attend as member of the receiving line and head table
* Assist with decorating reception room
* Assits bride with bustle of her dress after the ceremony

BRIDESMAIDS

* Generally responsible for their own gowns
* Assist with bridal shower planning
* Helps put together reception favors
* Fill cups with confetti, rice, or rose petals to throw for the getaway
* Decorate the cars
* Attends the rehearsal
* Attend as members of the receiving line and head table
* Assist with decorating reception room

BEST MAN

* Responsible for tuxedo
* Pays the officiant and other vendors
* In charge of groom arriving on time
* Gives toast at ceremony and reception
* Keeps rings, license, and honeymoon tickets in a safe place
* Plans for reception exit transportation
* Attends the rehearsal
* Attend as member of the receiving line and head table
* Assist with decorating reception room

GROOMSMEN

* Assists the Best Man with any of his duties as needed
* Attends the rehearsal
* Attend as member of the receiving line and head table
* Assist with decorating reception room

USHERS

* Responsible for their own attire
* Involved in all ceremony festivities
* Greet all guests at the ceremony, ask which family they represent and seat them accordingly. Bride's family and friends sit on the left of the aisle and the groom's on the right
* Usually two of the ushers unroll the aisle runner after the bride's mother is seated

FLOWER GIRL

* Usually a young girl under the age of 7
* Precedes the bride, tossing paper petals or fresh flower petals down the aisle

RING BEARER

* Usually a young boy under the age of 7
* Walks down the aisle carrying the ring, or a substitute secured to a satin pillow.

By Vanessa Kasal Kunze

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