How To Choose Your Bridesmaids And Groomsmen

How To Choose Your Bridesmaids And Groomsmen

Most couples choose to invite loved ones to be more than just guests. Nowadays, no wedding is complete without the presence of the beautiful bridesmaids and maid of honor as well as the handsome groomsmen and best man. These very special guests play important roles in a wedding as an emotional support system, helping hands during the wedding planning process, and of course, trusty companions to the bride and groom.

Many couples get so excited about picking their “entourage”, but not everyone knows exactly what kind of roles should be filled when it comes to forming a bridal party. Read one to learn more about bridal party basics and also creative ways of asking friends and family to be part of your wedding squad.

What is a Bridal Party?

A bridal party refers to the group of people assisting the bride and groom throughout the wedding planning process and wedding day. This team usually consists of the maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, and groomsmen.

Traditionally, the maid of honor, who is the “chief” of the bridesmaids and the one who plays the biggest role at the wedding, should be unmarried. But in case the friend or family member you would like to invite to be your maid of honor is married, no worries, she can still be part of your wedding and have the same responsibilities as a maid of honor. The only difference is that, in this case, her title is actually matron of honor. The maid of honor is usually a sister or close friend of the bride. Even though traditionally a bride has only one maid of honor, it’s pretty common to more than one these days. Also part of the ladies team are the bridesmaids, who are also in charge of attending to the bride on her wedding day, working together with the maid/matron of honor in performing their duties. They are usually close friends of the bride, and some brides even choose a few close friends from different groups of friends such as school friends and college friends.

The male entourage is formed by the best man and groomsmen. The best man is the chief of the team and is often defined as the most important male or relative who helps a groom at his wedding. While attending to the groom’s needs, the best man is often helped by none other than the groomsmen. The groomsmen are usually the groom’s brothers or people from his close-knit group of friends.

What do they do?

In addition to keeping the couple happy and making pictures look pretty, there are additional responsibilities that each member of the bridal party has to do to help create a successful wedding. To keep it simple, we’ve compiled the main duties of the four members of the bridal party right below, simply scroll to see them.

When is the best time to ask?

This is also a crucial factor in your bridal party formation. If you ask way too early, there’s a chance your friendship grows apart and if you ask way too late, then they wouldn’t have their much-needed time to prepare. The best time to ask would be when you’re about to start planning so that they can help you with it along the way and they will have time to prepare a fun bridal shower or bachelorette party for you.

How do you un-invite a bridesmaid/groomsman?

Thinking of undoing the question? Believe it or not, some couples have second thoughts after popping the question. Maybe you’ve grown apart, or maybe she turned out to be a bridesmaid-zilla. If you really want to do it, just be sure you have a rational explanation to go with it as it is a risky move and might cost you a long-term friendship.

The proposal

Now for the fun part, proposal ideas. Reading this, there’s almost a sure chance that you have been asked the magical question yourself. Imagine the excitement in your bridesmaid faces when you pop the question, especially with these 15 fun ideas.

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