Helping Hands

bridal partyNow that you’ve selected the wedding party, they must know that their responsibilities extend far beyond standing at the altar. And smiling. From the bachelorette party to the big day, here’s a guide with reminders for the bridesmaids and groomsmen.


Consider the Commitment. Saying yes to being a member of someone’s wedding party is a physical, mental and emotional offer, says Gina Smith of event planning studio, Revelry. It’s a choice that isn’t taken lightly by the bride or groom.

Bride-Minded. If your bride is shy, maybe hosting a small ladies night in her honor is a better fit for a bachelorette party, in lieu of a weekend in Vegas.

Tick Tock. In the real world, says Smith, being late is normal. “Being late to your friend’s wedding however, not so much.”

Emergency Kit. Wedding planner Jennifer Moss Bechan reminds us to not forget logistical and tangible items such as phone chargers, eye drops, headache reliever and ID’s.

Hot Tip for the MOH. If you’re asked to be the maid or matron of honor, chances are you know the bride better than most. As the second in command, be prepared to have the wedding planner, bride and groom’s family and/or any wedding vendors see you as an all-knowing, go-to girl.

Dollars & Sense. The bride might take care of your hair, makeup or accessories, but it’s not expected. Prepare to cover some of the costs.


Meet the Players. Get to know the other groomsmen so you feel a little more comfortable when the wedding day rolls around.

All the Feels. Even if the groom is solid as a rock, he’s still going through a major life change. Try to put that at the forefront of your mind as the wedding festivities go on.

Be a Good Sport. Cameras in your face, getting dressed in a three-piece tux and shuffling from one location to the next could all be happening very quickly, which of course is stressful, but remember to keep your cool.

Good Hydration. Owner of Uncorked Occasions, Brittany Jones, suggests keeping an eye on consumption. “A wedding day is a marathon. The bridal party members are often too busy celebrating to remember to hydrate. You don’t want to be the groomsman that passes out at the altar.”

On the Floor. So you met the family, smiled for the pictures and got the groom to the venue—on time. To keep the event ship sailing smoothly, encourage those around you to get on the dance floor.

Best Practices for the Best Man. A bachelor party, speech and good attitude are non-negotiable requirements fort the best man.

By Shannon Greene

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