While every bridal party is different, it helps to have a frame of reference when it comes to traditional roles and responsibilities. We’ve summarized them below, but feel free to improvise and discuss with your friends to determine what’s right for you:

MAID (OR MATRON) OF HONOR
  • Joins the bride to shop for the bridal gown.
  • Coordinates meetings for bridesmaid dress fittings.
  • Leads the charge in planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party (with the help of the bridesmaids).
  • Arranges the bride’s veil and train at the altar.
  • Holds the groom’s ring until it’s time for the exchange of rings.
  • Holds the bride’s bouquet while she says her vows.
  • Serves as witness to sign the wedding certificate.
  • Gives a toast or speech at the wedding reception.
  • Is available to assist the bride when she changes clothes or uses the restroom (yes, hold up that dress while she pees!)
BRIDESMAIDS
  • Help organize the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
  • Will usually pay for their own bridesmaid dress.
  • Assist the bride with pre-wedding crafts, shopping trips and tasks such as making decorations, assembling favors, and inscribing invitations.
JUNIOR BRIDESMAID(S)
  • Traditionally dresses in a more modest / age-appropriate version of what the bridesmaids are wearing.
  • Joins the bridesmaids on the day of the wedding, and walks down the aisle with the bridesmaids during the processional.
  • Parents typically are expected to provide for her wedding expenses.
FLOWER GIRL
  • Walks down the aisle just before the Maid of Honor or bride.
  • Holds a small bouquet, a single bloom, or a basket containing flowers to scatter on the aisle.
  • Parents typically are expected to provide for her dress / wedding expenses.
BEST MAN
  • Organizes the bachelor party (with the help of the groomsmen).
  • Coordinates groomsman’s fittings.
  • Drives the groom to the ceremony.
  • Holds the bride’s ring until it’s time for the exchange of rings.
  • Serves as witness to sign the wedding certificate.
  • Gives a toast or speech at the wedding reception.
GROOMSMEN
  • Attends engagement party (if applicable).
  • Helps organize the bachelor party.
  • Rents (or buys) his own tuxedo or formalwear.
  • Assists with pre-wedding tasks the morning of the wedding
  • Early arrival at the ceremony site to help with any last-minute setup or errands that may arise.
  • Helps after the wedding with transporting the gifts to the couple’s home, or another storage place that the bride and groom designate.
  • Decorating the going away car
RINGBEARER
  • Walks down the aisle, traditionally before the flower girl.
  • Carries the rings (usually fakes) either sewn on a pillow, or in a box.
  • Parents typically are expected to provide for his attire / wedding expenses.
PARENTS OF THE BRIDE
  • Attends wedding dress fittings and shopping with the bride (mother).
  • Traditionally, the parents of the bride cover wedding expenses.
  • Help bride and groom with guestlist and other details.
  • Traditionally, the father walks the bride down the aisle.
PARENTS OF THE GROOM
  • Traditionally, the parents of the groom cover rehearsal dinner.
  • Help bride and groom with guest list.
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