Every member of a bridal party plays an important role in a wedding and the events leading up to a wedding. Of course, the stars of the show will always be the bride and the groom. But without a bridal party there would be no bachelor/bachelorette party and no support for the couple on the day of the wedding. Let’s discuss a few important roles the members of the bridal party assume:
The idea of having a ‘best man’ at the wedding was to act as an armed guard in case the groom had to kidnap his bride away from disapproving parents. The best man would stand guard beside the groom through the exchange of the vows. Throughout the ceremony, the best man stands to the right of the groom and continues to watch for anyone attempting to stop the wedding or steal away the bride.
In modern times, the best man can have several duties including: planning a bachelor party, handling the rings, giving a toast/speech at the reception, entertaining guests at the wedding, etc. The honor of Best Man is usually bestowed by the groom himself; he can be a close friend, brother, or other family member. The Best Man speech is much anticipated; it is often humorous with sentimental undertones. Check out a very funny best man speech below…
Maid of Honor
The maid of honor is usually a good friend or family member of the bride who will be responsible for leading the bridal party. She usually plans the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and sometimes has the honor of wearing a different style dress from the rest of the bridesmaids. Traditionally, the maid of honor would help the bride weave a wreath of flowers that would protect the bride and groom from evil spirits. Also, the maid of honor aids the bride in getting dressed and prepared for the wedding, just as they do in modern day wedding traditions. She is often asked to sign the marriage license, along with the best man.
Groomsmen also play a supportive role to the groom during the wedding-planning process. Historically, groomsmen served as additional protection to the bride and groom in case someone attempted to harm or kidnap the bride. Today, they are expected to attend all parties and engagements leading up to the wedding day. Groomsmen are also referred to as ushers, because they are responsible for escorting guests to their seats before the wedding ceremony. More importantly, the groomsmen help to plan the bachelor party the week before the wedding. They must make sure the groom has the time of his life before making the biggest commitment of his life!
Historically speaking, bridesmaids dressed nearly identical to the bride to disguise the bride from potential kidnappers. Today, bridesmaids make sure they look very different from the bride as not to steal her spotlight. They play a major emotional role for the bride during the days leading up to the wedding. Bridesmaids also usually help to plan and attend the engagement party, bridal shower, and bachelorette party if there is one.