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Choosing Your Bridal Party

Traditionally both the bride and groom each select their close family and friends as members of their bridal party. It’s their role to assist the bride and groom in most of the preparations prior to, and during the wedding day.

Below is a guide to the various members and roles of bridal party members:

The Best Man

Is generally a close male friend or family member of the groom. He is normally expected to assist in any necessary preparations leading up to the wedding day, including the organisation of the buck’s party. He most likely will witness the signing of the marriage certificate during the ceremony and make a ‘best man’ speech at the reception.

The Chief Bridesmaid

Is generally a close female friend or family member of the bride. She is expected to assist the bride with the general wedding plans. She generally helps host the hen’s night, bridal shower or kitchen tea, and on the day of the wedding ensures that the bride looks her best. It’s the chief bridesmaid’s role to hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony and witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate.

The Groomsmen

Or in Australia ‘The Blokes!’ … Are generally male friends or family members of the bride or groom. They may assist the guests in finding seats at the ceremony and may assist the groom and best man in ensuring everything runs smoothly prior to, and during the day. They are also involved in the Buck’s party.

The Bridesmaid

Are generally close female friends or family members of the bride or groom. Their role is to assist the bride and chief bridesmaid whenever necessary prior to, and during the day.

The Flower Girl

Is usually a very young female friend, cousin, niece or daughter of the bride or groom. They often carry flowers, in some form, and walks ahead of the bride tossing flower petals in front of her.

The Page Boy / Ring Bearer

Are usually young male friends, cousins, nephews or sons of the bride or groom. The ring bearer often holds a ring pillow during the ceremony, to which the wedding rings, or their likeness, are attached.

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