Family and Wedding Party Roles Defined

By ryan | May 13, 2022 | Weddings,

Bride and groom at garden reception

When it comes to wedding parties, there are typically a few wedding roles that everyone knows about: the bride, the groom, the best man, and the maid of honor are all pretty standard. But what about family members? And what do the wedding party members actually do? 

In this blog post, we will define the different wedding roles and what is expected of them. Keep in mind that these roles can vary depending on culture and tradition, so it is ultimately up to the couple to decide who plays what role in their wedding.

Who is in the Wedding Party?

bride and groom on nature path with wedding party

The wedding party typically consists of the bride and groom’s closest friends and family members. It is up to the couple to decide who they want in their wedding party, and there is no set number of people that must be included. 

Smaller wedding parties usually include only the maid of honor, best man, and a few other close friends or family members. Larger wedding parties can include anyone from the bride’s cousins to the groom’s childhood friends.

What are the Roles of the Wedding Party?

wedding party posing with bride and groom

The roles of the wedding party depend on the couple’s wishes and what traditions they want to follow. That being said, there are some common roles that are typically filled by members of the wedding party.

The Maid of Honor (or Matron of Honor)

bride walking with bridesmaid

The maid of honor (or Matron of Honor if she is married) is typically responsible for helping the bride with wedding planning, specifically in choosing a dress and selecting the venue and different vendors. She usually is in charge of the bridal shower.

The Maid of Honor helps the bride get ready on her big day and helps with any small details the bride requests. She also helps keep the bride calm and provides support throughout the day.

The Best Man

Groom and best man putting on the suit before the wedding

The best man helps the groom with wedding planning and makes sure he has everything he needs on the day of the wedding. He is also in charge of the bachelor party.

On the wedding day, the best man helps the groom get ready. He also stands next to him during the ceremony. He often gives a toast during the reception, traditionally after the Maid of Honor.

The Bridesmaids

bridesmaids gather around bride, talking and helping with veil

The bridesmaids typically help the bride with wedding planning and tasks such as helping send out invitations or create wedding favors. They attend the bridal shower and bachelorette party. On the wedding day, bridesmaids support the maid of honor in her role and stand with her next to the bride during the ceremony.

The Groomsmen

Groom posing with two groomsmen at lake

The groomsmen help out the best man and attend the bachelor party. They often are also ushers during the wedding. They will stand next to the groom and his best man during the ceremony. One of their more fun tasks includes decorating the car the bride and groom will leave the reception in.

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

young flower girl standing with a trail of petals behind her

The ring bearer is usually a young boy who carries the wedding rings down the aisle before the bride walks down. He is often a close relative or the son of a friend. 

Arguably one of the cutest members of the wedding party, the flower girl traditionally scatters petals ahead of the bride as she walks down the aisle. She is usually a young girl, often related to the couple or the daughter of a friend.

Parents of the Bride

Bride and groom hugging family

The parents of the bride are often involved in wedding planning and usually pay for the bulk of the wedding. They can also help with tasks such as making sure guests have a place to stay or organizing transportation.

On the wedding day, the father of the bride typically walks with the bride down the aisle. Both parents sit on the front row during the ceremony. The father of the bride is usually the first to give a speech during the reception, and the mother of the bride may speak directly after him.

Parents of the Groom

young wedding couple sitting with parents at the reception table

The parents of the groom can help with wedding planning and act as a support system for their son during this process. They usually pay for the rehearsal dinner.

On the wedding day, they typically sit in the front row during the ceremony next to the mother of the bride. The parents of the groom usually give speeches during the reception after the bride’s parents.

Stay True to Your Vision

Nowadays, many couples are modernizing wedding roles and straying from traditional norms. For example, some couples choose to have only one maid of honor or best man instead of having a wedding party at all, while others may opt out of having a flower girl or ring bearer. It is ultimately up to the couple to decide what wedding roles are important to them.

Make sure to choose a venue that can help execute your vision and support you on your special day. Contact Marinaj Banquets and Events to begin planning the wedding of your dreams!