Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Responsibilities: Bride & Groom

Bride and Groom Wedding Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the parents (if they are paying or contributing to the wedding), decide on the wedding budget.
  • Choose the wedding style, theme, date, time and the place of ceremony and reception. Make bookings, reservations and deposits.
  • Book the marriage officer. Go for premarital counselling if required.
  • Choose and order wedding cards, wedding invitations and ‘thank you’ notes for guests.
  • Prepare a guest list (and their attire).
  • Buy wedding gifts to appreciate wedding-party i.e. Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and the flower girl and ring bearer. Present the gifts at the wedding rehearsal dinner or any private gathering before the wedding.
  • Acknowledge all bridal shower and wedding gifts (ideally with handwritten personalized thank-you notes from both of you).
  • Choose and purchase gifts for the parents.
  • Get a marriage license.
  • Attend the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Attend the wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Dance the first dance at the wedding reception.
  • Greet everyone at the wedding reception.

 Brides Wedding Responsibilities

  • Plans the budget with parents and the groom.
  • Chooses her wedding gown and hair-style.
  • Chooses her wedding day jewellery e.g. necklace, bracelet, and earrings.
  •  Booking the wedding co-ordinator, caterer, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer, wedding cake baker and other wedding professionals.
  • Helps compile the guest list.
  • Addresses invitations.
  • Shops for trousseau. A traditional trousseau includes bridal accessories, jewellery, lingerie, toiletries and makeup, plus bed linens and bath towels for her new home.
  • Packs for the honeymoon.
  • Gets all necessary travel documents for the honeymoon (i.e. passport and visas).
  • Purchases the groom's wedding ring (and have it engraved).
  • Purchases a wedding gift for the groom.
  • Completes paperwork necessary for name change on bank accounts, credit cards, insurance, etc.
  • Stands to the right of the groom in the receiving line.

Grooms Wedding Responsibilities

  • Assists in compiling the wedding guest-list and presents it to the bride.
  • Buys the bride's engagement and wedding rings (and arrange engraving).
  • Rents or purchases his wedding day attire.
  • Chooses all wedding day attire and accessories for the male wedding-party members.
  • Plans and pays for the honeymoon.
  • Gets all necessary travel documents for the honeymoon (i.e. passport and visas).
  • Assists in any planning of the wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Buys a wedding gift for the bride.
  • Pays for the bridal bouquet, all corsages and boutonnières for wedding-party.
  • Looks for accommodation for out-of-town guests.
  • Sends out wedding rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Arrives at the wedding ceremony venue at least 1 hour early.
  • Brings marriage license to the wedding ceremony venue.
  • Pays the marriage officer and musicians.
  • Stands to the left of the bride in the receiving line.

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