Ultimate Checklist for your Bridesmaids


Planning and/or participating in a wedding can be a daunting task. Traditionally, wedding party members all have very distinct roles to assist with the process and make life easier for you and your groom. Use this easy checklist to help get a grip on what the role of your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids includes! Of course, you can customize this list to meet the unique needs for your wedding party.

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Maid (Matron) of Honor
  • Assists bride in choosing a bridal gown as well as in choosing attendants' gowns and jewelry.
  • Purchase gown and accessories that she will be wearing.
  • Helps bride address invitations.
  • Plan and host bridal shower.
  • Plan and host the bachelorette party.
  • Records gifts received at showers as well as collecting all ribbons and bows for making the rehearsal bouquets.
  • Helps the bride assemble and decorate wedding favors.
  • Helps bride and bride's family decorate the reception hall, if necessary.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive with at least 2 hours early to assist the bride in dressing.
  • Organize bridesmaids and their gowns.
  • Arrange bride's veil and train before and throughout the ceremony.
  • Hold groom's ring during the ceremony if its not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Signs the wedding certificate as an official witness.
  • Stands to the left of the groom in the receiving line.
  • Dances when the music starts at the reception and asks other guests to dance.
  • Be gracious and serve as an auxiliary hostess at the reception.

Bridesmaids
  • Purchase gowns and accessories to wear in the wedding.
  • Assist Maid (Matron) of Honor in planning and hosting bridal showers.
  • Help with wedding favors.
  • Run errands as needed by the bride.
  • Help decorate the reception hall, if needed.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive early at the wedding dressing site.
  • Walk down the aisle before the Maid (Matron) of Honor, flower girl, and ring bearer.
  • May stand in receiving line, if requested by bride and groom.
  • Dance and be gracious at the reception.

Enjoy the Moments
Enjoy the time you spend selecting gowns together, the fun you'll have at the bridal shower with the girls, as well as the bachelorette party with your bridesmaids. Make sure you have cameras ready to capture everything so you can remember all the details after your wedding.  You will be creating special memories with the friends who are closest to you ... cherish them.

Ask for Help
Enlist your bridesmaids to help in planning (and executing) the rehearsal dinner, as well. There's no need to try to do everything yourself. This can take an enormous amount of stress off you and your groom as the big date approaches.

Have a "No Surprises" Philosophy
Keep the ladies in the loop as much as you can.  Be sure to alert them of any extra expenses for alterations, update them when it's time to meet for trying on dresses, picking out the shoes and selecting the wedding jewelry. Planning the wedding is a lot of fun, but it can also be incredibly stressful for all involved. "No surprises" is the best way to keep everyone on the same page and running smoothly for your big day!

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Thank Them Appropriately
Your bridesmaids will bend over backward to help make your wedding absolutely incredible. They also incur a pretty big expense on your behalf, including the dress, their shoes, their jewelry, as well their hair and makeup. If you have girls travelling to be part of your wedding party, the expense goes up immensely! It's important thank your bridesmaids and it's appropriate to present them with a thank you gift at your rehearsal dinner. You can select matching gifts for all the girls, or you can select unique gifts (in the same price range) for each. A nice hand written thank you card accompany your gifts is a genuine and appreciated added touch.

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The Little Man's Role as the Ring Bearer


Children are so adorable in weddings!  A cute little ring bearer that ends up running down the aisle always gets the crowd smiling.  Little brothers, nephews, cousins or even children of close friends are fair game to be chosen as your ring bearer.

The Ring Bearer & The Ring Pillow

The ring bearer walks down the aisle just before the flower girl and carries  a ring pillow with two rings tied to it. As you can imagine, typically these are not the ACTUAL wedding bands, rather a representation of them. It can be risky to entrust the real rings to a young child, so the ring bearer role is largely symbolic (but definitely cute). Generally, the best man and the maid of honor hold on to the real rings.


Here are a few tips for choosing your ring bearer and making it fun for the little guy to be part of the wedding party, as well as the wedding ceremony and reception.

1. Who to choose:  Ring Bearers are usually between the ages of  3 to 7 years old.  Kids 8 and older are typically given another role, such as a "junior groomsman".  Generally there is one ring bearer but if you have more than one little boy who you can't resist including in your wedding, you can give them different roles. For example, one may have the task of ringing a bell and announcing "Here Comes the Bride!", just before you walk down the aisle, or one can be the page (who manages the long train for the bride).

2. Dressing the ring bearer:  The ring bearer's outfit typically matches or complements the groom's attire and the theme of the wedding.  Be sure to take into consideration how comfortable (or uncomfortable) the formal outfits are for the kids to wear.  Make sure you don't dress him too soon on your wedding day. He will tire of the outfit quickly, so it's generally best to dress the ring bearer close to the time of ceremony.

3. Make him a part of the wedding party:  Include your ring bearer in the rehearsal as well as any other pre-wedding events that are appropriate. This gives the ring bearer time to get to know the others in your wedding party (so he's not nervous or intimidated on the day of the event) and allows him to be more comfortable being part of this group.

4. Keep him occupied: As soon as his job in the wedding ceremony is done he may become bored or restless during the remainder. Make sure his parents are seated on an aisle so they can assist, if needed. After the ceremony, have a few items available to keep his attention while he waits for pictures.  Stay away from candy or sweet treats before the ceremony, though.  You don't want to give your ring bearer a sugar rush for the ceremony or for the photo session afterward. Small healthy treats are okay, but make sure they are easy to eat and not messy so you can keep his outfit clean through picture time!


4. Be sure to give him a small thank you gift:  The ring bearer's job is hard when you think of what he has to do, especially for his age. A fun thank you gift may be one of those items you give ahead of time. Depending on what type of gift you select, it can help keep them busy during the remainder of the wedding ceremony and well in to the reception.

Remember, with children anything can happen, so don't be frustrated if all doesn't go exactly as planned.  

After being part of the wedding ceremony and the photo session your ring bearer will be looking forward to the reception.  He'll be able to eat and play with his toys or gifts to his heart's content!


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The Unity Sand Ceremony ... How It Works


The Unity Sand Ceremony has become very popular in recent years. It's absolutely perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies where weather can create issues with lighted candles, plus it creates a memorable keepsake from your ceremony.

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Unity Sand Ceremony Basics

  1. Select your unity sand ceremony set. This traditionally consists of three vases, two small and one larger vase. However, beautiful sets are now available that include  personalized frames or keepsake boxes in place of the larger vase. These can make cherished family heirlooms.
  2. At the wedding, display your set at the front of your ceremony location and place one color of sand into one vase and a second color into another vase. Each is designed to represent the Bride and Groom. 
  3. At the appropriate point in the service (your officiate will lead the ceremony), the Groom pours a portion of his sand into the large vase or vessel. 
  4. The Bride then pours a portion of her sand in on top of the Groom’s in the large vessel.
  5. To conclude, the Bride and the Groom jointly pour the remaining sand from each of their respective vases into the large vessel. 
  6. The commingling of the colored sand is a romantic symbol of two becoming one, and concludes the unity sand ceremony. 

When children are involved, simply add additional colors of sand and incorporate the children in the Sand Ceremony. This is a safe and meaningful way to symbolize a new blended family.


Unity Sand Ceremony Readings


Your Chaplain or Officiate should have a variety of unity sand ceremony readings for you to select from, or you can be creative and craft your own. A simply Google search on the web will reveal readings for just about every life situation. The important thing is that your unity ceremony reflect you personally, as a couple, or as family if you will be doing a blended family ceremony.

The Unity Sand Ceremony Set

If budget is a considerable issue, consider purchasing 3 vases at a local discount store. You just need one of the vases to be larger than the other two.  You can actually purchase personalized (and beautiful) unity sand ceremony sets for under $100 online. The nice thing about going this route is that you have an heirloom quality piece after the wedding that you will enjoy and cherish for many years to come. Most unity sand ceremony sets are sold with the pouring vessels included, but be sure to check. Sand is typically sold separately.


How Much Sand Do I Need?

The amount of sand you need will depend on the size of the unity sand ceremony set you are using. Unity sand is generally sold in 1 pound bags. A 1 pound bag equates to approximately 1.5 cups of sand (or 12 ounces). When purchasing your unity sand ceremony set, be sure to review how many ounces each vessels holds. You can then determine how much sand to purchase for your set.  Keep in mind, you do not need to fill the vessels completely.

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