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The Organized Bride


To-do List ... The Bridal Party's Responsibilities.

After years of planning weddings, the most common dilemma for the bride and groom is "Who does what and who pays for what". In the past, traditionally, the bride’s family would pay for the bulk of the wedding expenses. But times have shifted and the burden is not all on the brides family, the groom's family has started pitching in to help with the expenses. Nowadays with so many couples getting married later in life and having higher paying jobs, they are now also sharing in with the expenses.

There are really no set in stone rules that state “ Who does or Who Pays for What”. But a general guideline follows to help breakdown the expenses and duties of the bridal party.

The Maid (Matron) of Honor

• Assists bride in choosing a bridal gown as well as in choosing attendants' gowns and accessories.

• Purchase gown and accessories that she will be wearing.

• Helps bride address invitations.

• Plan and host bridal shower.

• Plan and host the bachelorette party.

• Records gifts received at showers as well as collecting all ribbons and bows for making

the rehearsal bouquets.

• Helps the bride assemble and decorate wedding favors.

• Helps bride and bride's family with decor if necessary.

• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

• Arrive with at least 2 hours early to assist the bride in dressing.

• Organize bridesmaids and their gowns.

• Arrange bride's veil and train before and throughout the ceremony.

• Hold groom's ring during the ceremony if its not being carried by the ring bearer or best man.

• Dances when the music starts at the reception and asks other guests to dance.

• Be gracious and serve as an auxiliary hostess at the reception.

The Best Man

• Plan and host the bachelor party.

• Rent or purchase wedding attire that is the same as the groom's.

• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

• Arrange transportation to the ceremony and reception.

• Arrives with the groom at least 1 hour before the ceremony.

• Help keep the groom calm.

• Supervises groomsmen and ushers.

• Holds bride's wedding ring if not being carried by the ring bearer.

• Forward payment to musicians and officiate from the groom.

• Makes the first toast at the reception.

• Dance when the music starts and asks other guests to dance.

• Transport newlyweds to the honeymoon suite or airport after the reception.

• Organize the return of any rented wedding attire for all men in the wedding.

Bridesmaids

• Purchase gowns and accessories to wear in the wedding.

• Assist in planning and hosting bridal shower.

• Help with wedding favors.

• Run errands as needed by the bride.

• Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

• Arrive early at the wedding dressing site.

• Walk down the aisle before the Maid (Matron) of Honor.

• Dance and be gracious at the reception.

Groomsmen and Ushers

• Purchase or rent wedding attire.

• Assist in planning and financing the bachelor party.

• Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

• Arrive dressed at least 1 hour before the wedding.

• Fold and distribute wedding programs.

• Seat guests as follows:

- Single females are escorted on the right.

- Single males should walk along the left side.

- Escort a female on the right with her date walking behind.

- Leave first few rows unseated to accommodate family members.

- Seat the mother of the groom.

- Seat the mother of the bride.

- Roll out the aisle runner.

• Light candelabras, as needed.

• Check for any items left by guests at the ceremony site.

• Dance when music starts and ask other guests to dance.

Flower Girl

• Parents pay for dress and any alterations needed.

• Attends rehearsal and, depending on age, attends the rehearsal dinner with her parents.

• Arrives dressed 1 hour before the ceremony. (If very young, 30 minute early may be more appropriate.)

• Precedes the bride and her father in the processional.

Ring Bearer

• Parents pay for attire that matches or complements the groom's attire.

• Attends rehearsal and depending on age, attends the rehearsal dinner with her parents.

• Arrives dressed 1 hour before the ceremony (If very young, 30 minute early may be more appropriate.)

• Precedes the flower girl carrying the wedding ring on a pillow.

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