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Wedding Party Duties

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Wedding party duties are a necessity to help make your wedding day run as smoothly as possible. One of the key roles in being an honor attendant is to help ensure the couple has a wedding day free from worry. Here is a list of wedding party tasks that are traditionally assigned to the wedding party to make this happen:

Maid/Matron of Honor

  • Help the bride with wedding planning. Such as: helping the bride choose her gown, help select bridesmaids' dresses, schedule appointment for bridesmaids to be fitted, make calls to wedding professionals, help address invitations.
  • Host a bridal shower with other bridesmaids.
  • Helps the bride get dressed on her wedding day.
  • Arranges the bride's veil and train before and during the ceremony.
  • Holds the bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Keeps the groom's wedding ring until the ring exchange.
  • Stands next to the groom during the receiving line.
  • Will sit to the bride's right at the reception.
  • Signs the marriage certificate as a witness.
  • Bustles the bride's train before reception begins.
  • Dances with the best man during the first dance.
  • Helps the bride change into her going away outfit. May also be responsible for bringing the wedding gown to the cleaners or home.
  • Help the best man bring the gifts to the bride and groom's home.

The Best Man

  • Helps groom find accommodations for other groomsmen and ushers that live out-of-state.
  • Organizes a bachelor party for the groom.
  • Makes sure the groom is properly dressed and at the church on time.
  • Keeps the bride's wedding ring until the ring exchange.
  • Signs the marriage license as a witness.
  • Give the officiant a sealed envelope with his fee in it (paid by the groom) after the ceremony.
  • Will sit to the groom's left at the reception.
  • Dances with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance.
  • Offers the first toast to the bride and groom at the reception.
  • Helps the groom change into his going away outfit.
  • Arranges transportation or personally drives the bride and groom to the hotel or the airport.
  • Collects and returns all formalwear rentals on time.
  • Help maid/matron of honor bring gifts to the bride and groom's house.


  • Assist the maid/matron of honor in planning a bridal shower.
  • May also help the bride with wedding planning.
  • Walk behind the ushers during the processional.
  • They stand to the left of the maid/matron of honor in the receiving line.
  • Sit at the head table with bride and groom.


  • Seat guests at the ceremony.
  • Escort the mother of the groom to her seat.
  • Escort the mother of the bride to her seat.
  • Roll out a red or white carpet down the church aisle for the bride to walk on.

When choosing your wedding party, keep in mind the tasks that each member may be responsible for. You will need help from others to make your wedding day what you dreamt it would be - and it is essential that your wedding party does more than just adorn the right attire. They must also be able to complete their wedding party duties.