What role should everyone play on the wedding day?
-Jessica B. Fort Walton Beach, FL

Here is my guide showing how to help on the wedding day!

Maid of Honor tasks

-Help the bride select bridal party attire.
-Serve as a liaison between the bride and bridesmaids when needed.
-Take the lead organizing the bachelorette party!
-Make sure the bridal shower is addressed, and help with planning.
-Keep track of gifts at the bridal shower, then help with thank yours.
-Go into the wedding day ready for anything. Make sure you have a copy of the timeline, the order of the procession, where to gather everyone after the ceremony, etc. This way the bride is not bombarded with questions on her wedding day.
-Take control of the bride’s cell phone during the wedding morning, let her relax and prepare for the ceremony.
-Assist with bag organization. Help the bride make a list of everything she will need for her wedding day (i.e. a bag for getting ready, a bag for the church/ceremony site, a bag for the reception with a change of shoes, etc.), them make sure they actually arrive at the right place and time.
-Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
-Reposition the bride’s train or veil all day for photos and especially during the ceremony.
-Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony (if the best man is not holding both). -Witness the signing of the marriage certificate.
-Prepare a thoughtful, tear-worthy toast for the reception.
-The maid of honor should also be prepared to do all of the bridesmaids tasks as well.

Bridesmaid tasks

-Be willing to lend a hand. Address envelopes, assemble programs, go to cake tastings, dress fittings, research vendors and just be present.
-Help plan and attend the bridal shower and bachelorette party!
-Anticipate the bride’s needs throughout the wedding day (bring her a snack, always have a bottle of water handy, and make sure you snag the right lip color for the after-ceremony photos).
-Help bustle the bride’s gown before the reception.
-Be the first to participate in reception activities. That means get out on the dance floor and bust a move, sign the guest book and be the first to jump in the photo booth.
-Help the bride change into her getaway outfit and pack up all of her belongings for the honeymoon.

Mother of the Bride tasks:

-Help the bride and groom create the guest list and source mailing addresses.
-Help the bride and groom decide on seating arrangements and make a chart.
-Help the bride shop for her gown.
-Help plan and attend the bridal shower.
-Direct guests to the wedding website or registries.
-Help the bride get ready on the morning of the wedding.
-Greet guests as they arrive at the ceremony, or participate in the receiving line, depending on the bride and groom’s preferences.
-Help set the tone for the reception by making guests feel welcome, directing them to things like the guest book, and getting out on the dance floor.
-Host a morning-after brunch, if applicable.

Mother of the Groom tasks

-Help the bride and groom create the guest list and source mailing addresses.
-Help the bride and groom decide on seating arrangements and make a chart.
-Attend the bridal shower.
-Direct guests to the wedding website or registries.
-Host the rehearsal dinner, along with the father of the groom.
-Share a dance with the groom at the reception.