Choosing Your Wedding Party
Paperia | May 2014
Selecting your wedding party is a very special part of the planning process.
A traditional wedding party normally includes:
• Maid / matron of honor (“maid” is used to refer to a single woman; whereas, “matron” is used for a married woman)
• Best man
• Flower girl
• Ring bearer
Inviting someone to participate in your wedding party is both an honor and a responsibility, so take care to choose wisely. Ask individuals who you are particularly close with and on whom you can rely for advice and support throughout the planning process.
It goes without saying that you will want to ensure, from the very beginning, that all members of the wedding party are available on the date of your wedding and are able to travel to the wedding location.
The role that each member of the wedding party assumes can vary across different geographic regions, cultures, and religions. However, traditionally, the maid of honor and best man take on the most responsibility in helping the bride and groom plan the wedding.
The bridesmaids are usually the bride’s closest friends and family members. They are often in charge of helping the bride with wedding preparations, as well as planning pre-wedding festivities like the shower and bachelorette party. The groomsmen are the groom’s source of support throughout the wedding experience.
On the day of the wedding, the wedding party actively participates in the ceremony and is introduced at the reception. They are usually the ones who sit at the head table with the bride and groom, if there is one.
In summary, your wedding party is there to support you and to celebrate with you, both before and during your wedding day.
For an exhaustive list of possible wedding party participants and their respective roles, visit The Knot.