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Wedding Roles for Family and Friends Outside the Bridal Party

Wedding Roles for Family and Friends Outside the Bridal Party


So, you’re getting hitched, and you’ve got your dream team of bridesmaids and groomsmen lined up. But what about all those other amazing people in your life who you want to include in your big day? Fear not, because there are plenty of wedding roles outside the traditional wedding party. Let’s dive into some creative ways to involve your loved ones and make your wedding day even more special.

Ushers and Greeters

Give a warm welcome to your guests by inviting family and friends to serve as ushers and greeters. They can guide guests to their seats, hand out programs, and offer a friendly smile to set the tone for the celebration. A general rule is one usher per 50 guests, but this may change based on your venue needs. 

Readers and Performers

Consider asking close friends or family members to share readings, poems, or musical performances during the ceremony. This adds a personal touch and allows your loved ones to contribute their talents to your special day.


If you’re having a non-traditional ceremony or want to personalize your vows, why not ask a family member or friend to officiate? Having someone close to you lead the ceremony can make the moment even more meaningful and memorable.

DIY Dream Team

Do you have crafty friends or family members who love to DIY? Enlist their help in creating decorations, centerpieces, and other elements to personalize your wedding décor. Not only does this add a personal touch, but it also allows your loved ones to contribute their creative talents to your special day.

Speech Givers

Invite close friends and family members to give speeches or toasts during the reception. This is a heartfelt way to involve loved ones in your celebration and share special memories and well wishes with your guests. This can also be done at your rehearsal dinner the night before for a more intimate setting.

Ceremony Helpers

From handing out programs to wrangling flower girls and ring bearers, there are plenty of small but important tasks that family and friends can help with during the ceremony. For religious ceremonies in churches, being a candle lighter can be a great way to include maybe a younger family member. 

Marriage License Witnesses

Don’t forget about the legal side of things! Choose trusted family members or friends to witness and sign your marriage license. It’s a simple yet significant way to involve loved ones in the official documentation of your union.

Personal Attendants

For those last-minute needs and personal touches, consider appointing personal attendants to assist you and your partner throughout the day. They can help with everything from holding your bouquet to ensuring you stay hydrated and stress-free.

Including Friends and Family Members on Your Big Day

Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of love and commitment surrounded by the people who mean the most to you. There are plenty of wedding roles to include family and friends outside of the bridal party. So go ahead, and invite your nearest and dearest to be a part of your wedding in a way that’s meaningful to them and to you. After all, love is all about coming together, and what better way to do that than on your wedding day?

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