February 26, 2020 - Lethbridge Sun Times/Shopper - page 16

What do I do? The roles of Maid or Matron of Honour and Best Man

Someone close to you has asked you to be their best man or maid of honour, a role you have happily accepted. But what exactly does this entail?

The maid or matron of honour gives a short speech during the reception and offers practical and emotional support to the bride throughout the planning and organization of the wedding. She also takes care of a wide range of small but important details: helping with the invitations and shopping for the dress and the bride’s bouquet, and dealing with last minute surprises. In other words, it’s a busy time for the maid of honour as well as for the bride.

The role of a best man is virtually identical. On the big day; he helps the groom dress and accompanies him to the ceremony. Most importantly, he holds the wedding bands. Like any good host, he is the fi rst to arrive at the reception hall in order to welcome the newly married couple. He makes the fi rst toast of the evening and dances with the bride as well as her mother and the mother of the groom.

Of course, the maid of honour is traditionally in charge of organizing the hen or bachelorette party, and the groom organizes the stag party. One innovative idea for a hen party is to organize a relaxing day at a spa to relieve accumulated stress, followed by a gourmet meal and an evening at a nightclub. For the men, the groom’s interests are a good indication for a suitable bachelor party. if he loves playing golf and going to the

casino, then an afternoon on the course followed by an evening at a casino is a brilliant plan.

In short, the privileged role of the maid of honour and of the best man is to ensure that everything runs smoothly, before and during the wedding. Don’t forget that if you have been invited to fi ll one of these key roles, it is because you are trusted. And that is an honour in itself!

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Responsibilities of

the Groomsmen Happy couples choose friends and family members to serve as attendants in their weddings. Bridesmaids and groomsmen each have different responsibilities in the wedding.

In ancient times,

groomsmen essentially served as the groom’s bodyguards, ensuring that

he made it safely to the altar and to his future wife. Today, the groomsmen’s roles are not based on saving life and limb.

Todays groomsmen serve as assistants to the groom and help plan the bachelor party. They also usher guests down the aisle at the ceremony They also may have a few other responsibilities, depending on what the couple wants of their assistants.

Before the Wedding

• Help pick out the tuxedos and show up for fi ttings.

• Help plan and share the cost of the bachelor party.

• Attend rehearsals for the ceremony and appear at the rehearsal dinner.

• Pay for their own wedding attire or formal wear rentals.

• Help unload cars with supplies if the couple is

doing the decorating the wedding themselves.

• Pay for their travel expenses and

accommodation during the celebration.

• Return formal wear for themselves and the groom.

• Provide transportation for the couple to the airport or honeymoon destination if the best man is unavailable.

During the Ceremony

• Greet and seat guests at the ceremony in the appropriate rows or pews.

• Stand near the groom during the ceremony.

• Serve as escorts for the bridesmaids at the ceremony

• Cater to anyone’s needs and mingle with

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