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Bridal Party Tips

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One of the first items during wedding planning is to advise your bride and groom to choose responsible and sober people to be a part of your wedding party. The people you chose should be there to help you on your special day, so if tequila is an attendant’s best friend, you may want to consider someone else. The less stress for you and your family…. the better. Regarding numbers there is no rule of how many attendants you should have. If you have an odd number of men or women, a Groomsmen can escort two ladies or vice/versa. Also, an attendant can walk down by themselves. If you want to have special guests help with the wedding, they can help pass out wedding programs, usher guests to their seats or with your destination beach wedding, pass out “flip flops” for your beach ceremony. Regarding gender, your attendants do not have to be of the same sex so mix it up if you like! And, if you are working with a small budget, keep the bridal party small in order to cut down on corsages, boutonnieres, and bridesmaid bouquets.

A few traits you may want to look for in choosing your attendants can be: reliability, helpfulness (and not in the position to create more stress with special demands or needless criticism), courtesy to help others, be counted on to behave appropriately and to have a fun, drama fee, flexible person to help you with your event. When it comes to the budget in this area, usually attendants are responsible for paying their own travel expenses and the Bride & Groom are responsible for covering their accommodations. If this is creating an additional expense you may have not expected, then keep your bridal party intimate. With your Riviera Maya destination wedding, make it clear with your attendants what you are paying for to avoid any unforeseen expectations. If an invited bridal attendant is unable to meet the costs, then it will be your choice to pay for them, or choose a different attendant, with no hard feelings, of course.

What are the “Best Man” Duties?

After choosing a reliable, helpful, courteous Best Man, here are a few duties they may need to review so they are there to help you during the planning process.

  1. Organize the bachelor party.
  2. Coordinate the gifts for the Groom from the Groomsmen.
  3. Assist in reviewing the bill (if sober) and passing out tips during the event.
  4. Assures the Groomsmen are properly groomed and arrive on time.
  5. Attends the rehearsal and helps organize the Groomsmen.
  6. Keeps (both or the Bride’s) wedding rings and is ready to present them during the ceremony.
  7. Witnesses and signs the marriage certificate.
  8. Offers the first toast, or second toast (if the Father of the Bride wishes to thank everyone).
  9. Takes care and returns the Groom’s attire/items after the wedding date.
  10. Dance with the Bride, the couple’s mothers, Maid of Honor, bridesmaids and entertains sinlge friends.

If you or your Groomsmen have any questions, please have them contact your destination wedding planner.

What are the “Maid/Matron of Honor” Duties?

After choosing a reliable, helpful, courteous Maid or Matron of Honor, here are a few duties they may need to review so they are there to help you during the planning process.

  1. Helps select bridesmaid attire,
  2. Be the main contact for the bridal party.
  3. Coordinates a bridal shower, bachelorette party or bridal day luncheon.
  4. Attends the rehearsal and helps organize the bridal party and minimize bridesmaid drama.
  5. Keeps (optional) Groom’s wedding ring (if the Best Man is not holding both of them) and presents them at the correct time.
  6. Holds the handwritten vows until the Bride is ready to recite them.
  7. Witnesses and signs the marriage certificate.
  8. Helps the bride with her bustle…so if you do not know how to do one, then learn on-line or in person at the bridal store. And yes, bustles do break, so be prepared with a “bride’s emergency kit” so you have the items to fix it.

If you or your Maid/Matron of Honor have any questions, please have them contact your Playa del Carmen wedding planner.

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