The Chief Bridesmaid and Best Man are very important roles, but what duties are expected of you before and during the wedding?

Well now, the lovely bride and groom have decided that you are lucky enough to be a main player at their special day. An honour indeed, but it’s not all pretty dresses, chic suits and new shoes. You have an important part to play, so here is some help on what’s expected.

The Chief Bridesmaid’s / Maid of Honour’s Duties

This role usually goes to the bride’s closest friend or family member.

Prior to the day you will need to go dress shopping, organise the hen party and look after the bride during it. Attend fittings and take on any jobs you are asked to, and you should also attend any rehearsals and meetings as required.

On the day, make sure the bride drinks plenty of water, has eaten and is as relaxed as she can be. Make sure hair and make-up are on schedule and help her and the other members of the party dress. Make sure you keep to time; a few minutes late may be accepted but half an hour could be a disaster.

Chief Bridesmaid Helping Bride with Lipstick

Generally look after the bride for the whole day, help with make-up and hair touch-ups and going to the bathroom. Wedding dresses can be hard to negotiate in a toilet cubicle.

Assist the best man with any gifts and cards and gathering together family for photographs.

Your job is to look after the whims of the bride on the day, as she may be nervous and need a re-assuring smile at any time.

The Best Man’s Duties

As with the above, your job is to take the pressure off the groom. It’s not all about booking the stag do!

Beforehand, you should help to arrange the purchasing/hire of the suits and attend any pre-wedding meetings you’re asked to. Be sure to confirm all arrangements by liaising with the bride, groom and immediate families.

Best Man and Groom on Vespa

On the day you should ensure the groom is punctual, sober and relaxed (a hangover for you both is really not a good look).

Organise the ushers, make sure the rings are safe and assist the photographer with finding groomsmen and guests for photos (before and after the wedding).

You should have a speech that is acceptable to be heard by all. Remember that grandparents, parents and guests do not want to listen to an hour of the groom’s past misdemeanours. Keep it brief, clean and heartfelt, and all will be fine.

You should ensure that gifts are put in a safe place, all the suppliers have been paid and are happy with any requirements.

Your job is NOT to hold up the bar for the whole day and forget why you are there.

Guest post by Julie Tooby

Images from…

Chief Bridesmaid Helping Bride with Lipstick: Lee Maxwell Photography

Best Man and Groom on Vespa: Neil Walker Photography