Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Wedding Party Duties

One of the key roles in being an honor attendant is to help the bride and groom have a wedding day free from worry. Here is a list of tasks that are traditionally assigned to the bridal party.

Wedding Party Duties
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Maid/Matron of Honor

  • Help the bride with wedding planning. Such as: helping the bride choose her gown, help select bridesmaids’ dresses, schedule appointment for bridesmaids to be fitted, make calls to vendors, help address invitations.
  • Host a bridal shower with other bridesmaids.
  • Helps the bride get dressed on her wedding day.
  • Arranges the bride’s veil and train before and during the ceremony.
  • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Keeps the groom’s wedding ring until the ring exchange.
  • Stands next to the groom during the receiving line.
  • Will sit to the bride’s right at the reception.
  • Signs the marriage certificate as a witness.
  • Bustles the bride’s train before reception begins.
  • Dances with the best man during the first dance.
  • Helps the bride change into her going away outfit. May also be responsible for bringing the wedding gown to the cleaners or home.
  • Help the best man bring the gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

The Best Man

  • Helps groom find accommodations for other groomsmen and ushers that live out-of-state.
  • Organizes a bachelor party for the groom.
  • Makes sure the groom is properly dressed and at the church on time.
  • Keeps the bride’s wedding ring until the ring exchange.
  • Signs the marriage license as a witness.
  • Give the officiant a sealed envelope with his fee in it (paid by the groom) after the ceremony.
  • Will sit to the groom’s left at the reception.
  • Dances with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance.
  • Offers the first toast to the bride and groom at the reception.
  • Helps the groom change into his going away outfit.
  • Arranges transportation or personally drives the bride and groom to the hotel or the airport.
  • Collects and returns all formalwear rentals on time.
  • Help maid/matron of honor bring gifts to the bride and groom’s house.


  • Assist the maid/matron of honor in planning a bridal shower.
  • May also help the bride with wedding planning
  • Walk behind the ushers during the processional.
  • They stand to the left of the maid/matron of honor in the receiving line.
  • Sit at the head table with bride and groom.


  • Seat guests at the ceremony.
  • Escort the mother of the groom to her seat.
  • Escort the mother of the bride to her seat.
  • Roll out a red or white carpet down the church aisle for the bride to walk on.

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