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The Role of Ushers and Hostesses at Your Wedding

Dec
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When it comes to your wedding day, there are several important roles. Two particular roles to note is your wedding ushers and hostesses. Your ushers and hostesses will be guests on your wedding day but they will have assigned duties. Designating friends or family as your ushers and hostesses is a great way to include more people in your wedding day without overloading your bridesmaids and groomsmen. While the duties of ushers and hostesses are important many couples choose to skip on having ushers and hostesses. Ultimately, the choice is completely up to you and what you feel is necessary for your wedding day.

Ushers – 

Ushers are responsible for the following duties,

  • Helping guests from their cars to the venue
  • Welcoming and greeting all the guests to the wedding
  • Directing guests to the restrooms
  • Handing out programs to guests as they walk in the ceremony or placing the programs on the chairs prior to the ceremony
  • Escorting guests to their seats for the ceremony and/or reception
  • Walking the mother of the bride to her seat
  • Ensuring all the guests are quite and seated so the ceremony can begin
  • Transporting the wedding day items (gifts/cards, toasting flutes, guest book etc.) at the end of the night to a designated location
  • Assisting with last-minute ceremony or reception tasks if needed

How many ushers should you have?

  • At minimum 1 usher for every 75 guests. We recommend having at least 2 ushers.

How do I select who I want my ushers to be?

  • Choose friends or other relatives you are close to who did not quite fit within the wedding party. Make sure your ushers enjoy talking to people and will be glad to be helpful. If you do not have anyone that can serve as your usher, you can also assign your groomsmen to be ushers.

What time should your ushers arrive?

  • We recommend your ushers arrive 1 hour before your ceremony begins.

What should your ushers wear? 

  • Ushers should dress in a suit. They can also dress the same as the groomsmen, if preferred.

What florals should I get for the ushers?

  • We suggest the ushers have the same or similar boutonniere as the groomsmen to help guests identify them.

Hostesses-

Hostesses are responsible for the following duties,

  • Welcoming and greeting all the guests to the wedding
  • Making sure guests sign the guest book either before the wedding or during the cocktail hour or reception
  • Showing guests where the table is for gifts and cards
  • Directing guests to the restrooms
  • Helping seat guests for the ceremony and/or reception
  • Handing out programs to guests as they walk in the ceremony or placing the programs on the chairs prior to the ceremony, if no ushers are present
  • Ensuring all the guests are quite and seated so the ceremony can begin
  • Transporting the wedding day items (gifts/cards, toasting flutes, guest book etc.) at the end of the night to a designated location
  • Assisting with last-minute ceremony or reception tasks if needed

How many hostesses should you have?

  • At minimum 1 hostess for every 75 guests. We recommend having at least 2 hostesses.

How do I select who I want my hostesses to be?

  • Choose friends or other relatives you are close to who did not quite fit within the wedding party. Make sure your hostesses enjoy talking to people and will be glad to be helpful.

What time should your hostesses arrive?

  • We recommend your hostesses arrive 1 hour before your ceremony begins.

What should your hostesses wear? 

  • If you have any special requests for what you wish for your hostesses to wear you will need to let your hostesses know in advance so they can dress appropriately on the day of the wedding. Some brides will assign all their hostesses to wear a specific dress, or a specific color. However, some brides will have their hostesses wear what they wish.

What florals should I get for the hostesses?

  • It is a nice gesture to provide hostesses with a wrist corsage, but not expected.

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