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Typical Responsibilities of Attendants

  • Pay for their wedding attire and accessories (excluding flowers).

  • Arrange and pay for their own transportation. (Wedding hosts should provide the accommodations.)

  • Be timely and communicative regarding travel arrangements and acquiring attire.

  • Understand the specific duties involved (see below).

  • Arrive at specified times for all wedding-related events.

  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner; attend other pre-wedding events when feasible.

  • Give an individual wedding gift to the couple, or contribute to a group gift from all the attendants.

  • Assist the bride and groom whenever possible.

  • Be attentive to other guests at the wedding and reception.


Specific Duties


Maid or Matron of Honor








  • Helps the bride select the bridesmaids’ attire.

  • Organizes the bridesmaids’ gift to the bride.

  • Makes sure bridesmaids have their attire.

  • Holds the groom’s wedding ring and the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.

  • Witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate.

  • Stands in the receiving line, if there is one.

  • Helps the bride during the reception (gathering guests for the cake cutting, dancing, the bouquet toss).

  • Helps the bride change into her going-away clothes, and takes care of the bride’s wedding dress and accessories after the reception.    Nice, but optional

  • Helps address invitations and place cards.

  • Assists in hosting or organizing a pre-wedding party, if the bridesmaids decide to have one.









  • Attend the bridesmaids’ luncheon, if there is one.

  • Supervise flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) if asked.

  • Assist the bride at the reception as requested.

  • Participate in activities such as a receiving line and a bouquet toss.

  • Contribute to the bridesmaids’ gift to the bride.

                                                                                                Nice, but optional

  • Host a shower, bridesmaids’ luncheon, bachelorette, or other pre-wedding party or get-together.



Best Man








  • Coordinates the groomsmen and ushers’ gift to the groom.

  • Organizes the bachelor party for the groom, if there is one.

  • Makes sure that the groom’s wedding-related payments are prepared; delivers prearranged payments to officiants, assistants, musicians, and singers at the ceremony.

  • Sees that the groomsmen and ushers arrive on time and are properly attired.

  • Instructs the ushers in the correct seating of guests.

  • Keeps the bride’s wedding ring during the ceremony.

  • Witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate.

  • Drives the bride and groom to the reception if there’s no hired driver; has the car ready for the couple to leave after the reception and may drive them to their next destination.

  • Offers a toast to the bride and groom at the reception; dances with the bride, the mothers, the maid of honor, and other single female guests.

  • Gathers and takes care of the groom’s wedding clothes (returning rental items on the next business day).



Groomsmen and Ushers




  • Attend the bachelor party, if there is one.

  • Contribute to the ushers’ gift to the groom.

  • Lay the aisle runner, if one is used, before the processional.

  • Greet guests and escort them to their seats.

  • Know the seating order; review special seating arrangements prior to the ceremony.

  • Hand each guest a program, if programs are provided.

  • Remove pew ribbons, close windows, re-roll the aisle runner, retrieve any programs or articles left behind after the ceremony.

  • Help guests who need directions to the reception site.

  • Be on hand to assist any guests who are infirm or disabled.

  • Dance with the bride, the mothers, the bridesmaids, and other single female guests.

  • Coordinate the return of rental clothing with the head usher or best man.

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