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The Functions of the Wedding Party

It has become traditional for the head bridesmaid and the best man to arrange the bride and groom’s “farewell to single life” in the form of Kitchen Teas and Bachelor Parties.
Since most women nowadays have left home before getting married and generally have most things they need, why not try a variation on the typical kitchen tea, like a linen, pantry, Tupperware or even a lingerie party. And for the infamous bachelor party, try introducing a cellar, bar or workshop party!

The Best Man ideally a responsible person, usually the groom’s best friend or brother – organises the bachelor party, makes arrangements for the ushers, buttonhole flowers and transport to the reception. He sees to it that the groom gets to the church on time, is responsible for the rings,

and should give them to the couple at the right time during the ceremony. He toasts the bridesmaids and the couple at the reception, ensures that the groom has going away clothes and has the honeymoon luggage ready in in the car.

The Chief Bridesmaid should organise the bridal shower/kitchen tea, help the bride dress, arrange her veil and train and take her bouquet when necessary during the ceremony. She should take charge of the bridal dress after the bride changes.

Ushers should greet guests at the ceremony, hand out order of service sheets and show guests to their seats. The bride’s family and friends should sit on the left, and the groom’s on the right. They should also organise the parking at the reception.

The Bride’s Father traditionally walks up the aisle with the bride on his right arm then gives his daughter away to the groom and may make a speech at the reception.

Courtesy of Claudia Liebenberg