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The Role of the Ushers

General duties
The ushers are chosen by the groom and his best man and are usually brothers, close relatives or friends (which covers just about anyone!) of the bride and groom. As a general guide you will need an usher for each 50 guests. Traditionally the ushers are the responsibility of the best man, who ensures they know their duties.

4 months before the wedding day
Arrange to purchase or hire clothes and agree who will pay for them.

1 week before the wedding day
Confirm final travel arrangements with the best man and any other ushers, including the time of arrival at the church or register office.
Obtain for the best man a list of family and guests who should be personally escorted to their seats.
Attend the wedding rehearsal if required.
Have your hair cut.
Obtain large umbrellas.

The day before the wedding
Collect any hired clothing and accessories.

On the wedding day
Collect buttonholes and order of service sheets from the brides home.
Arrive at the church at least half an hour before the ceremony is due to start.


At the church
Help with car parking facilities
Greet the guests and hand out the buttonholes, order of service sheets and maps showing the route to the reception.
Ensure the officiant has order of service sheets for the bride and groom.
Seat couples with young babies and children near the exit.
Escort the brides mother and appropriate guests to their seats.
Assist the photographer.
Ensure the church is left tidy and check for any left property and unused order of service sheets.
Ensure all guests have transport to the reception.


At the reception
Assist with car parking facilities.
Offer drinks to the guests as they arrive if appropriate.
Assist any elderly or infirm guests.


After the wedding
Return any hired clothing and accessories.