Who are the most important people in a wedding?

The wedding participants, also referred to as the wedding party or suite, are the people that have an active role in your wedding ceremony.

Depending on the location, religion, and style of the wedding, this group will change in numbers of people and functions.

A woman's wedding party consists of only those on her side of the wedding party. Those on a groom's side are called his groom's party.

 

The party:

  1. 1. Bride
  2. 2. Groom
  3. 3. Priest / speaker / ceremony leader
  4. 4. Best Man / Best Woman
  5. 5. Maid of Honour
  1. 6. Bridesmaids
  2. 7. Groomsmen / Ushers
  3. 8. Flower girls
  4. 9. Parents
  5. 10. Siblings

If I get married, I want to be very married.

— Audrey Hepburn

1. Bride

The woman that is getting married.

2. Groom

The man that is going to say yes.

3. Ceremony leader, speaker or priest.

In religious weddings, the speaker will be a priest or equivalent of a priest.
If it’s not a religious wedding somebody’s is invited to host the wedding ceremony. This can be a friend or familly member of the bride or groom.

4. Best Man, Best Woman.

The assistant to the bride or groom at a wedding, typically a sibling or friend of special significance in his life.
He Often holds the wedding rings until their exchange.

The best man is typically a close friend or family of the groom. His most important role in the ceremony is to hold the wedding rings until they are needed. Where the ceremony includes a ring bearer, he may take the rings from the ring bearer when presented with them.

The best man usually walks ahead of the groom during the procession, and behind the ushers. He stands beside the groom during the ceremony. Like the maid of honour, the best man may be asked to sign the register as a witness. He will also give a speech at the reception, like the father of the bride.

5. Maid of honour or Man of Honor

The title and position held by a bride's assistant, typically her closest friend or sibling.

What is so special about the maid of honor? People may think that a maid of honor is a demanding and bossy bridesmaid, but the maid of honor typically has several duties in addition to some special benefits. The maid of honor is the bride's chief support before, during and after the wedding.

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

6. Bridesmaids

The female attendants to a bride. Males in this role may be called honor attendants or sometimes bridesmen, but that term has a different traditional meaning.

A bridesmaid is first and foremost someone who the bride wants to be a part of her wedding. She may be a sister or a very good friend; her friendship and support of the marriage are very important. More than that, the bridesmaid serves a practical purpose. During the hectic time of planning a wedding, she is a confidante, advice giver, doer of many tasks, errand runner and more.

A bride should have at least one bridesmaid (preferably the maid-of-honor) who is reliable, cheerfully helpful, organized, and who lives close to the bride.

7. Groomsmen or Ushers

The attendants, usually male, to a groom in a wedding ceremony. Female attendants, such as a sister of the groom, are typically called honor attendants.

The groomsmen have very few responsibilities before the wedding. Mainly, they help the best man plan and host the bachelor party (oh, and get fitted for a fabulous tuxedo). Of course, they should periodically check with the groom and best man to see if they can handle any other tasks.

On the wedding day, the groomsmen should arrive early at the ceremony site, ready to greet (and perhaps seat) guests. They'll be involved in the wedding, and are expected to remain at the reception for its entire duration.

bride holding a bouquet of flowers

8. Flower girls

In some traditions, one or more children carry bouquets or drop flower leafs in front of the bride in the wedding procession.

Sometimes they are also used as ring bearers. The flower girl is usually between the ages of four and ten, depending on her level of maturity.

During the processional, she walks ahead of the bride, scattering flower leafs in her path or simply carrying a pretty bouquet or basket. She should also be included in the wedding rehearsal so that she is comfortable with her role.

9. Parents

Traditionally, the bride will be escorted down the aisle by her father at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. Although this is usually done by the father alone, some brides may choose to have both their parents escort them, with one parent on each arm.

In other cases, the bride’s mother may lead the wedding procession. The father of the bride usually gives a speech on the wedding day, however this takes place at the reception or dinner, not the wedding ceremony.

10. Siblings

The brothers and sisters of the couple that are not in any of the previous roles.

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