Duties Of The Wedding Party

In our other article, we covered the responsibilities of the families of the bride and groom.  In this article, we will talk about what the bridal party’s responsibilities are.  Some “assume” when they choose their bridal party, they should just pick their best friend or a family member.  What you SHOULD take into consideration is that there are duties of the bridal party that require them to be able to assist the bride and groom as they plan the wedding and on the wedding day.  It is important to choose someone you can rely on to do the things you need them to do so you don’t end up doing it all by yourself.

Best Man

  • Assist the groom with any shopping (wedding ring, honeymoon, tuxs, etc.)
  • Mail or e-mail the tux measurement cards to male attendants, with payment instructions.
  • Plan and schedule the bachelor party.
  • Ensure the other groomsmen know the time and place of the rehearsal.
  • Make sure the tuxs for the groomsmen will be given to you for return after the wedding.
  • Assist the groom with the “get away car”
  • Help the groom get dressed for the wedding and with packing for the honeymoon.
  • Escort or drive the groom to the ceremony.
  • Make sure the groomsmen are aware they need to seat people before the ceremony.
  • Take responsibility for the bride’s ring until the ring exchange in the ceremony.
  • Make sure the Officiant has the marriage license.
  • Give the Officiant their fee in an envelope.
  • Escort the Maid/Matron of Honour in the ceremony and at the reception.
  • Dance with the Maid/Matron of Honour at the reception.
  • Make the first toast to the bride and groom.
  • If tickets are involved for the get-away, keep them for the groom until they leave and give to him.
  • Make sure bride and groom’s luggage is in the get away vehicle.
  • Assist the parent’s in taking the gifts to their home after the reception.
  • Sign the marriage license as a witness.
  • Make sure car is ready for get away or assist with “fake” get away so bride and groom may leave quietly if wanted.


  • Pay for your wedding tux and accessories.
  • Pay for your travel and lodging expenses.
  • Attend the rehearsal.
  • Arrive at the ceremony early to assist best man.
  • Assist with planning and hosting the bachelor party.
  • Seat guests before ceremony if also helping as ushers.
  • Help with ring bearer and keep him busy.

Maid/Matron of Honour

  • Assist the bride with any shopping she has to do. (help find good deals and go with her)
  • Assist bride in addressing the invitations.
  • Assist the bride in making wedding favors.
  • Host bridal shower with the bridesmaids.
  • Notify other bridesmaids of gown delivery or fitting appointments in needed.
  • Follow up with other bridesmaids to make sure all gown fittings are finished and gown is in hand.
  • Make sure all bridesmaids have shoes, gloves and accessories as needed.
  • Notify all bridesmaids of rehearsal date, time and place.
  • Attend rehearsal
  • Be available to the bride as much as possible.
  • Assist the bride in getting ready.
  • Accompany the bride to the ceremony location.
  • Carry the train of the bride’s veil and gown as she walks to the ceremony room
  • Straighten the bride’s veil and train before she walks down the aisle.
  • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony, and return it to her after the “kiss”.
  • Hold the groom’s ring until the ring ceremony.
  • Sign the marriage license as a witness and make a toast to the bride and groom.
  • Dance with the best man.
  • Assist the bride with “bustling” her train if needed.
  • Accompany bride to the restroom during reception to help if needed.
  • Help the bride change clothes after the reception in needed.
  • Gather any momentos of the wedding for the bride to keep. (cake knife and server, guest book and pen, top tier of cake, cake topper, program, favors, and toasting glasses, etc.)


  • Pay for their wedding attire and accessories, hair and make-up.
  • Pay their own lodging and travel expenses.
  • Assist Maid/Matron of Honour with bridal shower.
  • Attend the rehearsal.
  • Arrive at the ceremony early.
  • Help with flower girl and keep her busy.

Flower Girl

  • Pay for the own wedding attire and accessories. (parents of course)
  • Pay her own travel and lodging.
  • Attend the rehearsal.
  • Arrive at the ceremony on time.

Ring Bearer

  • Pay for his wedding tux and accessories. (parents of course)
  • Pay for his travel and lodging.
  • Attend the rehearsal.
  • Arrive at the ceremony on time.

Our hopes are that this will help you think of people who will help you with your wedding preparation and ceremony and not feel like you are “hosting” a wedding.


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