Wedding Roles: Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

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So why would someone need bridesmaids and groomsmen if they already have a Maid of Honor and Best Man? Traditionally, Ancient Roman law required ten witnesses for the bride and groom to be wed.  The closest friends of the newly wedded couple were to dress exactly like the two who are to be married as to confuse the spirits of who was the one actually getting married.  They didn’t want any vengeful spirits to harm the couple or jealous suitors to try to take the bride away from the groom.  How crazy is that?! And the night before the wedding, the groom and his men would sneak into the potential bride’s home to kidnap her.  They would form small armies to complete the mission and to fight off anyone that got in his way of capturing his bride-to-be.  What a life that would be to live back in those days!

Now the bridesmaids and groomsmen are asked to be part of the wedding party because they are the closest to the bride and groom.  They are also taking the responsibility in helping the couple in whatever is needed from them.  The Maid of Honor and Best Man are to assist and delegate the duties to the rest of the party to ensure everything is done in a timely manner.  They must attend all fittings, parties, and help spread the word about the parties they are attending.  These parties would include the wedding shower, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and bachelor party.  They help run any last minute errands that would be needed for the wedding.  They also need to attend rehearsal so all instructions can be thoroughly instructed for the wedding.  A bridesmaid’s job is more elaborate than a groomsmen’s job.  Mainly because the bride has more tasks that need to be done than the groom.  Bridesmaids and Groomsmen also need to pose for any photos that the couple and photographers would like to take.  Mingling with the guests is also very important especially when they are waiting for the ceremony or reception to begin.  This helps the couple more time to freshen up and prepare for the most important day of their lives.  The jobs that are given to the bridesmaids and groomsmen are to make sure that the bride and the groom have a worry free wedding day.  Especially if there is no wedding coordinator, the responsibility to ensure a timely wedding falls upon your wedding party.

Happy Planning!

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