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|Origin and History and...Etiquette for the Bridal party
Responsibilities of the Mother of the Groom;
informal invitation to dinner about the engagement at a nice restaurant is always in order.
It is the responsibility of the groom's parents to host the rehearsal dinner. This can be as simple as a salad potluck with paper plates in the backyard or as elaborate as an exotic dinner with live entertainment in the finest restaurant
The first official duty of the mother of the groom, during the reception is to stand in the receiving line greeting guests and introducing her friends and family to the bride and her family.
Be familiar with the responsibilities of the Maid of Honor. You may want to have a conversation with the Maid of Honor to coordinate and avoid stepping on each others toes.
Responsibilities of the Mother of the Bride;
The Primary responsibility of the Mother of the Bride is to see that the bride's wishes are carried out the bride's way. It will be your responsibility to help the bride plan her wedding with her tastes in mind…not yours.
Help the bride select her wedding attire. Remember, this is not your wedding. If you find yourself talking the bride out of a gown she loves, you may be overreaching.
In the event that the Mother of the Groom does not contact you, you will make the first contact.
See that the guest lists are put together. The invitations must be ordered as soon as possible.
Choose your gown for the wedding day. Immediately tell the Mother of the Groom the colors and style so that she may begin looking for a complimentary gown.
Bride's mother who will first select a dress for her daughters wedding;A gown of complimentary color and similar styling is then chosen by the mother of the groom. She (groom's mother) must wear long if the bride's mother wears long or short if she wears short.
The Maid of Honor's (MOH) responsibilities include:
In North America, a wedding party might include several bridesmaids, but the maid of honor is the title and position held by the bride's chief attendant, typically her closest friend or sister.
Attending all prenuptial parties.
Help address invitations and announcements.
Entertain a party for the bride and groom…if possible. This could be a couple's shower.
Assist bride with going away clothes and luggage.
Be sure that bridesmaids are kept aware of their fitting appointments, rehearsal obligations and any special duties that the bride may wish for them to do.
Arrange with a florist for a supply of rose petals to shower on the bride and groom as they leave. If a flower girl is in the party, she is responsible to see that the child knows when and how to do this.
Assist bride with her train during ceremony and in the receiving line.
Hold the bride's wedding bouquet for the exchange of rings during the ceremony and hand it back just before the recessional.
In a double ring ceremony, carry the groom's ring until it is time to hand it to the minister.
Witness and sign the marriage certificate after the ceremony.
Stand in the receiving line. The traditional place to stand is at the groom's left side with her bridesmaids to her left.
Assist the bride when she is ready to change into here going away ensemble.
With the best man, help the couple depart.
The Best Man's responsibilities include:
The best man is the chief male assistant to the bridegroom at a wedding. The groom extends this honor to someone who is close to him, generally either a brother or his closest male friend.
Make absolutely sure that the groom has the marriage license with him.
Receive the minister's fee from the groom and give it to the minister privately following the ceremony.
Help the groom pack for his honeymoon.
Help the groom dress for the ceremony.
If a ring bearer is to be in the wedding, the Best Man is responsible to oversee the child and be sure he understands his duties.
Assist with luggage arrangements for both the bride and the groom so that everything will be ready for their departure.
Make sure car or travel arrangements are set and that the groom is carrying any necessary reservations, tickets, money and travelers checks.
The Best Man will want to ride to the church with the groom.
It is the Best Man's responsibility to make sure the ushers/Groomsman's are together and ready before the ceremony begins.
Be first at the reception in order to welcome the bride and groom.
The Best Man is responsible to make the first toast to the bride and groom at the wedding. The Best Man is also responsible to make the first toast at the rehearsal dinner.
The Best Man should act as a host, making introductions when necessary and helping to make the guests feel welcome.
The Best Man should dance at the reception with the bride, both mothers and as many of the bridal attendants and guest as possible.
Help the groom change into his travel clothes after the reception. Find out when the bride is ready to leave and with the maid/matron of honors, help the bride and groom depart.
Order flowers for the bride and groom's room at the first stop of the honeymoon trip.
Another responsibility of the Best Man may include the signing of the marriage certificate. This is not only a legal document but also a beautiful keepsake for the couple. Many times, the Best Man is not aware that his signature may be required and he may be off with the guests.
The Grooms men's responsibilities include:
The term groomsman is more common in the United States, and usher is more common in the UK. Usually the bridegroom selects his closest friends and/or relatives (brothers,cousins,etc) to serve as a groomsmen, and it is considered an honor to be selected. From his groomsmen, the groom usually chooses one to serve as best man. The duties of the groomsmen are to help guests find their places before the ceremony and to participate in the wedding ceremony.
The groom's close friends and relatives, the groomsmen, support him throughout the wedding planning process. Take your role as groomsman seriously -- after all, you're helping one of your best friends through what can be a very nerve-racking day. Plus, if you act like the levelheaded, responsible guy you are, you'll impress those single bridesmaids. Read on for a rundown of your duties.
Attending all pre-wedding festivities (engagement party, couple shower, bachelor party, rehearsal dinner). Perks: Free vittles and drinks.
Helping the best man plan the groom's bachelor party. Perks: Good food, drinks.
You'll conspire with the best man -- and the bridesmaids -- to decorate the honeymoon getaway car in style.
Before the ceremony, you may be asked to usher guests to their seats. At traditional Christian ceremonies, guests of the bride's family sit on the left, and guests of the groom's family sit on the right. At Jewish ceremonies, it's the opposite. When a couple arrives, take the woman's arm and escort her to her seat; her escort will follow you. Always seat the oldest woman first if several guests arrive together.
At the reception, you may be introduced with the bridesmaid you escorted during the recessional. You may also be asked to dance with bridesmaids or single female guests during the evening. Wow, how easy is this?
Responsibilities of the Bridesmaids:
The bridesmaids are members of the bride's wedding party in a wedding. A bridesmaid is typically a young woman, and often a close friend or sister. She attends to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony. Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.
Responsibilities of the Flowergirls:
A flower girl is a participant in a wedding procession. Like ring bearers and page boys, flower girls are usually members of the bride's or groom's extended family, but may also be friends
There may be more than one flower girl, particularly if the bride has several young relatives to honor.
Typically, the flower girl walks in front of the bride during an entrance processional. She may spread flower petals on the floor before the bride or carry a bouquet of flowers or thornless roses.
Responsibilities of the Ring Bearer/Page Boy:
A page boy is a young male attendant at a wedding or cotillion. This type of wedding attendant is less common than it used to be, but is still a way of including young relatives or the children of relatives and friends in a wedding.
Traditionally, page boys carry the bride's train, especially if she is wearing a dress with a long train. Because of the difficulty of managing the train, page boys are generally no younger than age seven, with older boys being preferred for more complicated duties
The ringbearer as a separate role is a relatively modern innovation.
In a white wedding ceremony, the best man carries the rings.
Ring bearers are often nephews or young brothers ,although they can also be nieces or sisters and are generally in the same age range as flower girls,
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