Even if your wedding party is super excited to be helping you out, they might not be aware of all of the expectations and responsibilities that traditionally fall on bridesmaids and groomsmen. As you’re picking out the members of your wedding party, it’s helpful to have an idea as to which wedding party responsibilities you’d like their help with.
While your wedding party’s number one job is cheering you to the finish line, there are a few other tasks you might tap them to perform – such as participating in a wedding party recessional before the reception (groomsmen escort bridesmaids into the venue and are announced by your DJ or bandleader), toasting / roasting you during dinner, holding onto and distributing your vendor envelopes and checks at the reception, making sure all gifts and cards make it into the couple’s car after the reception or to another predetermined location (such as the couple’s house or even deposited into the couple’s bank account), signing the marriage license as witnesses of the ceremony, and assisting in arranging accommodations for out of town guests. Have these conversations between the two of you early on and determine who could be a good fit for these roles.
Once you know what wedding party responsibilities are important to you, can you can communicate those to your bridesmaids and groomsmen so everyone’s on the same page. And remember, your wedding party wants to help but they have commitments, too. As you proceed through the planning process keep the dialogue open as to what responsibilities each member of the wedding party would like to help with.