Your Wedding Party’s Responsibilities

So you’ve gathered all of your close friends and family members and have given each of them an important role in your wedding, now what? These important roles also come with important responsibilities. So to make sure we’re all on the same page and everyone knows what each bridal party member is supposed to do, I have listed below what is traditionally expected of each member.

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The Maid of Honor is expected to:

* throw the bridal shower/bachelorette party

* sign the marriage license

* adjust the brides train at the altar

* hold the brides bouquet during vows

* help the bride get dressed

The Best man is expected to:

* throw the grooms bachelor party

* give the officiant his/her fee after the wedding

* sign the marriage license

* hold the wedding ring

The Bridesmaids are expected to:

* help the maid of honor pay for the bridal shower/bachelorette party

* help with pre-wedding tasks (ex: addressing invitations, making wedding favors, etc)

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The Groomsmen are expected to:

* help the best man pay for the bachelor party

* help with pre-wedding tasks (ex: addressing invitations, making wedding favors, etc)

(Although these people are technically not apart of the bridal party, they do play an important part in your wedding and they also need to know what is traditionally expected of them.)

The Mother of the Bride is expected to:

* host the reception

* attend the rehearsal dinner and the bridal shower

The Father of the Bride is expected to:

* walk the bride down the aisle and give her away

* pay for most of the wedding

The Mother of the Groom is expected to:

* help plan the rehearsal dinner

* host the rehearsal dinner

The Father of the Groom is expected to:

* pay for the rehearsal dinner

The Ring Bearer is expected to:

* walk down the aisle carrying the two wedding bands on a pillow

The Flower Girl is expected to:

* walk down the aisle scattering flower petals from a basket

The photos used in this article were taken by Samantha Lauren Photographie. To view more of her work visit her website at, http://www.samanthalaurenphotographie.com.

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