The Renaissance Center
214 North Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 280-1404

Bridal Party Checklist 

Bridal Party at reception 

Maid/Matron of Honor

  • The bride's right hand assistant. Helps with multiple details during the planning stages – including addressing invitations, and shopping for miscellaneous items.
  • Pays for her own gown and accessories.
  • (Sometimes) acts as a hostess for the bridal shower.
  • Supervises the bridesmaids. Assists in organizing fittings and prepares them for wedding day duties.
  • Holds the groom's ring until the appropriate time in the ceremony.
  • Holds the bride's bouquet during the ceremony.
  • Arranges the bride's veil during the ceremony.
  • Helps the bride get ready before the ceremony and before departure from reception.

Best Man

Assists the groom in the details of preparations such as:

  • Assists the groom in the details of preparations.
  • Pays for his own wedding attire.
  • Supervises the ushers, oversees their clothing fittings and alerts them to their duties.
  • Helps groom to gather travel information for the honeymoon.
  • Can help arranged hotel accommodations for out–of-town guests.
  • Attends rehearsal and dinner.
  • Hold's the bride’s ring until the appropriate tune during the ceremony.
  • Signs the wedding certificate as a legal witness.
  • Stands in the receiving line and holds a place of honor at the reception.
  • Offers the first toast to the bride and groom at the reception.
  • Makes sure that the honeymoon car is ready to go and that the groom has travel documents are in order.
  • Can see that the luggage for the honeymoon is loaded into car.
  • Returns the groom’s attire to the rental shop or takes to the cleaners.


  • Pay for their own wedding attire.
  • Arrive at the wedding site early to be sure everything is in order.
  • Escort the bridesmaids down the aisle after the ceremony.
  • Help elderly or out-of-town guests from ceremony to reception.
  • Dance with unescorted bridesmaids.

Flower Girl

  • Either carries a basket of flower petals (usually roses) to scatter down the aisle or seats guests as she walks down the aisle just before the bride.

Ring Bearer

  • May walk alone or with the flower girl. Usually carries the wedding rings on a satin pillow.

Mother of the Bride

  • May help with the selection of the bridal gown and accessories.
  • Assists in compiling the guest list and sending out invitations.
  • Serves as official hostess at the reception. She is the first person to greet the guests in the receiving line.

Father of the Bride

  • Escorts the bride down the aisle during the ceremony (if desired by the bride).
  • Stands next to the bride’s mother in the receiving line.
  • Has traditionally paid for the wedding. However, this is no longer an automatic custom.

Groom's Parents

  • Help with general preparations if they wish.
  • Usually host the rehearsal dinner.
  • Stand in the receiving line.
  • May pay for the liquor served at the reception.

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