Wedding Roles And Responsibilities

Jen Mulberry
Wedding Photographer
Sep 10th, 2018

Wedding roles and responsibilities

It’s very important that you let the individual members of your bridal party know their roles and responsibilities early on in the process of arranging your wedding, so that they are fully aware of what they need to do and it doesn’t come as a surprise later on in the planning, I would suggest a afternoon T or pizza evening and run through the details so they are comfortable with it and your day runs smoothly.

Bride and Groom

Decide the date and wedding type/style you are looking for, Book the Church/ registry office, Venue/Photographer and complete your guest list.


Chooses the best man and ushers, (with the brides help) chooses his attire, makes his speech at the reception in reply to the bride’s father

Bride and Brides Mother

Organise reception arrangements, make any newspaper announcements, send out invitations 2-3 months before the wedding date, arrange cars and videographer (if required) arrange flowers and church decorations.

Brides Father

Escorts Bride to the church, gives Bride away and makes the first speech at the reception


Chooses her bridesmaids, dresses with the bridesmaids, Chooses her Bridal gown, writes or get printed thank you letters for wedding presents.

Best Man

Consults with Brides family to keep up to date with the arrangement’s, arranges the stag night for the Groom and Grooms party ( never on the eve of the wedding date) ensures the groom arrives on time to the Venue, organises Ushers, takes care of the rings and pass rings to the vicar/minister at the appropriate time. He also ensures the transport to the reception is in place, makes announcements at the reception to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible  (unless a toastmaster has been purchased for the day), makes a speech in reply to the Grooms toast and returns the Hire suits if hired after the wedding (On time)

Chief Bridesmaid

Arrange the hen night (never on the eve of the wedding) helps Bride to dress and organise the other Bridesmaids, Waits for the Bride to arrive at the church and ensures the other bridesmaids are in the correct places, (Especially the young ones) Holds the Brides bouquet during the service


Greet guests, show guests to their seat. Hand out service sheets and assist photographer with gathering people together for formal photographs



Getting the Bride, Brides Mother, Bridesmaids, Groom and Best man to the church on time

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