So you know who the bride and groom are, and what they do (we hope!) but what about the rest of the wedding party? Check out our who’s who¦
Usually a sister, family member or close friend of the bride. She will be there during the wedding preparations, lending a hand (and an ear) when needed, and organise the hen celebrations along with the other bridesmaids. On the day, the chief bridesmaid helps to look after the other bridesmaids and younger members of the wedding party, as well as assisting the bride.
A bridesmaid could be a family member, groom’s family member or close friend of the bride and groom. Bridesmaids are there to help the bride and chief bridesmaid with any planning duties, and support the bride on her big day. The bridesmaids should also help to organise a great hen party for the bride.
FLOWER GIRLS AND PAGE BOYS
We think the main duty of the flower girls and page boys is to look totally cute, but you could give them a couple of duties to make them feel grown up and a real part of the day. Give the flower girl a basket of petals to spread down the aisle before the bride makes her entrance, and let the page boy hold the rings on a cushion (under the watchful eye of the best man!).
The best man (or men “ some grooms have more than one!) should be close relations or friends of the groom, and much like the chief bridesmaid, be there for him every step of the way. Not only should the best man help out during the planning process and plan the stag celebrations, but he should also prepare a speech for the wedding day. Check out our speeches section for more on this.
The ushers are normally chosen by the groom and could be relatives or friends of whom the groom would like to include in the wedding party. Traditionally, the ushers are guided by the best man and their job is normally confined to the wedding day: directing guests to their seats for the ceremony, handing out orders of service and generally assisting the smooth running of the day.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
The father of the bride should be on hand to help his daughter plan her wedding, walk her down the aisle, calm her nerves and give a lovely speech on the wedding day. Traditionally, a FOB would have been expected to pay for much of his daughter’s wedding, but this is on the decrease as more and more couples foot their own bills.
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
This important role involves lots of responsibilities but first and foremost, being there for the bride emotionally and supporting her through the fun and stresses of wedding planning! The MOB should also help the bride choose her dress and anything else she asks for help with, like choosing a venue or picking flowers. It’s not unusual for a MOB to escort the bride down the aisle to, either in place of or with the bride’s dad.
At SWD, we don’t really like to separate the groom’s parents from the bride’s; both sets are so important and play a huge part in the day. The main role of both sets of parents is to offer support emotionally (and sometimes financially) to the couple in preparation for their special day.