Bridal Party Etiquette

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It is an honor to be asked to be part of a couple’s Wedding Party.  It is a way for the couple to include their nearest and dearest to be a part of their special day.  But, with the title comes a big responsibility.  You are there from start to finish for the Bride/Groom.  It is your responsibility to ensure they are stress free, assist with any and all wedding plans, and to be at their side through it all.

Before you accept the duties, please think about the following items.  You wouldn’t want to accept and then not be there for the couple! 

Maid/Matron of Honour 
Pre-Wedding:

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  • Attend venues with the couple
  • Bridal gown shopping
  • Host Bridal Shower
  • Assist with tracking guests and gifts
  • Host Bachelorette party
  • You may need to purchase your Bridesmaid gown.  Some couples will purchase the gowns, but it could be your responsibility to pay for it.
  • Assist with Social prize donations, ticket sales, food preperation
  • Attend Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner 
  • Help Bridal Couple with hall set up before the wedding if needed

Wedding Day: 

  • Assist Bride with gown, jewelry and accessories on Wedding Day
  • Sign the registry, hold bridal bouquet during ceremony, ensure Bride looks great during ceremony
  • Attend photo session with bridal party
  • Be a part of Receiving Line, or act as a greeter
  • Sit at the Head Table with Bridal Party
  • Give a toast to the Bride
  • Dance with Best Man
  • Ensure the Bride is enjoying herself and bring her drinks or water to keep her hydrated
  • Help with the reception clean up if required

Bridesmaids 
Pre-Wedding:

  • Attend Bridal Gown Shopping
  • Participate and give suggestions for Bridesmaids gowns if asked
  • Assist with Social prize donations, ticket sales, food preparation
  • Assist Maid of Honor with Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Party
  • Attend Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
  • You may need to purchase your Bridesmaid gown.  Some couples will purchase the gowns, but it could be your responsibility to pay for it.
  • Provide moral support for the Bridal Couple.  Assist with anything they need help with
  • Help Bridal Couple with hall set up before the wedding if needed

Wedding Day:

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  • Assist the Bride with gown, jewelry, and accessories
  • Assist the Maid of Honor and other Wedding Party members get ready
  • Ensure the Bride is hydrated and ready to walk down the aisle
  • Hold the Maid of Honor’s bouquet if needed
  • Attend photo session with bridal party
  • Sit at the head table with Bridal Party
  • Be a part of the Receiving Line
  • Mingle, and ensure the Bride is having a good time
  • Help with the reception clean up if required

Best Man 
Pre-Wedding: 

  • Attend venues with couple
  • Assist with any wedding planning requested
  • Shop for tuxedos with the Bridal Couple
  • Pay for your tux rental or suit.  The Bridal Couple may purchase it for you, but it could be your responsibility
  • Attend Rehearsal and Rehearsal dinner
  • Help the couple plan the social, sell tickets, and gather donations
  • Host Bachelor party
  • Provide moral support to the Groom and bridal party
  • Help Bridal Couple with hall set up before the wedding if needed
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Wedding Day:

  • Assist the Groom with planning
  • Hold the wedding rings during the ceremony (if there is no ring bearer)
  • Sign Registry
  • Attend photo session with bridal party
  • Be a part of Receiving Line, or act as a greeter
  • Sit at the Head Table with the Bridal Party
  • Give a toast to the Groom
  • Dance with Maid/Matron of Honor
  • Help with the reception clean up if required


Groomsmen: 
Pre-Wedding:

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  • Attend Tuxedo shopping, or appointments involving your suit/tux
  • Assist the groom the morning of the Wedding
  • Pay for your tux rental or suit.  The Bridal Couple may purchase it for you, but it could be your responsibility
  • Assist with Social prize donations, ticket sales, food preparation
  • Assist the Best Man with Bachelor Party
  • Attend Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
  • Provide moral support for the Groom
  • Help Bridal Couple with hall set up before the wedding if needed

Wedding Day:

  • Assist the Best Man and other Wedding Party members get ready
  • Ensure the Groom is hydrated and ready for the ceremony
  • Attend Photo session with bridal party
  • Sit at head table with the Bridal Party
  • Be a part of the Receiving Line
  • Mingle, and ensure the Groom is having a good time
  • Help with the reception clean up if required
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Thank you for the wonderful team at See Our Memories for allowing me to use a few of their amazing photos!  Like what you see?  Check them out at www.seeourmemories.com

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