Jobs for the Boys: Primarily the best man should keep abreast of progress of wedding arrangements.
He should also: Arrange the stag night and safe return of groom.
Brief ushers and ensure they receive Order of Service booklets.
Organise ushers and transport.
Look after the groom’s going away outfit and have it delivered to the hotel or reception on the day of the wedding.
Remember to return groom’s wedding outfit to hire company after reception.
Read out any telemessages and cards and act as master of ceremonies at reception.
Meanwhile, ushers should hand out Order of Service booklets, show guests to seats (bride’s guests to left, groom’s to right), and help organise guests’ transport from church to reception. Three ushers are recommended for a formal wedding.
Jobs for the Girls
On the big day, bridesmaids should keep the bride calm and unflustered at all times. A good sense of humour should help.
Help the bride with her dress, hair and general appearance.
Arrange the bride’s veil and train before she sets off down the aisle.
Look after the bride’s bouquet during the service, returning it for her procession down the aisle.
Keep a watchful eye on the younger members of the wedding party at the reception to ensure they don’t run riot.
Arrange for safe storage of the bride’s dress after she has changed into her going away outfit.