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Who’s in the Wedding Party?

Choosing who will be in the wedding party can be a lot of pressure. Below are some tips for making the big decision.

The wedding party plays a crucial role in your big day. Not only are they essential to helping you plan and organize the details of your wedding, but it is important that you select only close friends and relatives whom will be an asset to your planning team. The designated roles of the wedding party that you may have to choose include: the maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl, and the ring bearer.

Top Questions to Ask Before Selecting The Wedding Party

*How many people in total are going to be in your wedding party?

*Are you going to have an equal amount of bridesmaids and groomsmen?

*Are you going to provide the attire?

*Are you going to provide gifts for your wedding party? If so, what kind?

Two Important Shoes to Fill

Standing besides you on the day of your wedding, the maid of honor and the best man will play an important role in your special day. The maid of honor holds certain responsibilities like planning the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. She will also help you select the bridesmaids’ attire, the invitations/place cards and take care of your dress and accessories following the reception. Like the maid of honor, the best man will organize the bachelor party and prepare the prearranged payments. Both the maid of honor and the best man will serve as the bride and groom’s personal aide and advisor, so its crucial that you choose someone with your goals in mind.

 Other Roles

There are, however, some other responsibilities that you may want to delegate on your wedding day. For example, you may have your bridesmaids and groomsmen help guests with directions to the reception site, or hand each guest a program if they are provided. They may also assist the guests to their seats. The ring bearer will walk down the aisle ahead of the flower girl, who spreads the flowers before the bride makes her entrance. The parents’ of the bride and the groom will escort their daughter or son down the aisle respectively.


Telling A Friend She Isn’t A Bridesmaid

Telling a close friend that she is not in your wedding party can be difficult. Therefore, always approach your friend in person to deliver the news. Do not let her know through a phone call or text message. When speaking to her, honesty is always the best policy, so be truthful with your friend. Have a clear, concise reason for not including them, like choosing your bridesmaids based on who you have known the longest.

The Do’s and Dont’s:

The Do’s:

*Do be considerate of you wedding party’s budget

*Do make sure your maid of honor and best man are of legal age so that they are able to sign the wedding registry as witnesses and afford the expenses

*Do wait until close to the wedding date to choose your bridal party. Things in your life may change and you don’t want to choose someone who you may soon lose touch with.

The Dont’s:

*Don’t assume one of your friends will say no

*Don’t require your wedding party to be identical

*Don’t feel obligated to include everyone in your bridal party

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