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Monday, February 26, 2018

Bridesmaids versus Groomsmen: Who Does What for the Wedding?


A wedding is not only a happy occasion when two hearts unite legally and spiritually. It is also a busy day that demands the time, effort, and patience of everybody involved. So much in the wedding depends on the entourage, whose presence and support can make the event an unforgettable one.

If you are a first-time bridesmaid or groomsman, chances are you may be nervous and feel overwhelmed with the looming task ahead. But there is no need to fret. You can actually get through this in one piece and even enjoy yourself while you are at it. After all, you signed up for this because of your love for the bride and the groom.

To help you along the way, check out the duties and responsibilities of bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Help Choose the Wedding Attire

Months before the wedding, a whirlwind of activity will sweep the bridesmaids and the groomsmen along. They are there to help plan the wedding as bridesmaids, especially if the engaged couple did not hire the services of a planner.

One of the duties of the bridesmaids is to help the bride in finding her wedding gown. She may take them to dozens of boutique before she settles for the perfect one. It is wise for them to be patient and generously give her their input.

As groomsmen, it is also part of their duty to accompany the groom as he selects his tuxedo. Although there are men who are not too fussy with their clothing, he may need advice when it comes to fashion and choosing the right attire that will complement the bride’s.

Organize the Bachelorette and Bachelor Party

With the maid of honor and the best man taking the lead, bridesmaids and groomsmen are expected to plan and execute the bachelorette and bachelor party. This is usually done separately.

The bride’s party usually involves dancing, parlor games, and opening a bottle of champagne. The groom’s party usually goes for casinos or bars. It will involve drinking and, sometimes, strip clubs.

Assist the Bride and the Groom on the Morning of the Wedding

The bridesmaids sometimes change their attires and have their hair and makeup done where the bride is staying. They are there to assist the bride as she gets dressed and offer warm words when it gets emotional. They can also help in dressing the flower girls and other younger members of the entourage.

The groomsmen, on the other hand, must also be there for the groom. They can help him get ready and calm him down if he is agitated, which is quite usual.

Support Crew and Glamour Squad

Of course, bridesmaids are expected to be pretty and to make the bride even prettier. In the church or the ceremony venue, they can assist the flower girls and ring bearer as they line up before the wedding march. While the maid of honor does the bulk of the work, like holding the trail of the bride’s gown and helping her with the veil, the bridesmaids can also offer help by carrying the necessities for a quick retouch and emergency medicine.

The groomsmen are perfect gentlemen who are assumed to serve as ushers at the ceremony. They also usually distribute the programs to the guests. It is also not uncommon for them to make decisions and arrangements with the vendor, a job that requires them to be clear-headed and sober.

Aid in Receiving the Guests

In the reception, bridesmaids assist the bride and groom in thanking and receiving congratulations from the guests. They are to make sure that the bride manages her time wisely and can get to everybody.

Groomsmen typically escort guests, especially the elderly guests, into their designated seats. They are also the elected ones to transport the wedding gifts to the couple’s home.

The attendance of bridesmaids and groomsmen is truly valuable. They fly or drive to the wedding location, buy their own wedding attire, and lend a helping hand by doing their duties as part of the entourage. That is why the bride and the groom reward their efforts and give them tokens to show their warmest gratitude and appreciation.

It is not simply a token like gift cards or coupons. Etiquette dictates that the couple must find remarkable and thoughtful gifts for groomsmen and bridesmaids that will let them know truly came from the heart.



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