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Who's Who in the Bridal Party

The big day couldn't come to life without loved ones surrounding the bride and groom! Here are the important roles and responsibilities of the bridal party members from your engagement announcement to the wedding day.

Maid of Honor

Cheerleader and on-the-spot problem-solver, the maid of honor (or matron of honor, if she's married) is the bride's secret weapon! On the big day, she keeps wedding-day stresses out of the bridal chamber and helps the bride stay calm through unexpected ups and downs. In the months before the wedding, she helps the bride through the planning process, from finalizing the big and small details for the wedding theme to picking out the bridesmaid dresses. Best of all, she hosts the bachelorette party so the bride-to-be can blow off some steam!

Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids are the bride-to-be's pep club and wedding day glam-entourage. Before the wedding, they support the bride in a variety of ways, from keeping her energy up during the wedding planning process to sharing ideas or opinions when asked. On the wedding day, they help solve anylast-minute problems to ensure everything unfolds on schedule. Most importantly, they bring the party to the bachelorette festivities and the wedding dance floor!

Fashion Note:
Whether the bridesmaids and maid of honor wear bridesmaid dresses with light-as-air florals, gowns in elegant solids, or an expressive selection of mix and match pieces, the ladies beside the bride set the stage for the visual drama of the wedding gown. Before the bride comes down the aisle and in wedding day photographs, the bridesmaids are the glittering gems that enhance the crown jewel of the bride.

Junior Bridesmaid

The junior bridesmaid brings a breath of fresh air and energy to the wedding party. Too old to be a flower girl, but not quite old enough to be a bridesmaid, she is usually nine to fourteen. Junior bridesmaids help as much as they can before and during the wedding day, and, just like bridesmaids, they walk down the aisle as part of the bridal party.

Flower Girl

Everyone remembers the sweet flower girl! From four to eight years old, the flower girl's main job is to scatter flower petals down the aisle. She usually walks down the aisle just before the maid of honor.

Fashion Note:
As the youngest members of the wedding party, the flower girl and junior bridesmaids are special—and their dresses should be, too! Although the junior bridesmaid's gown will match the other bridesmaids' dresses in style and color, her dress should be styled and tailored for her younger age. Flower girl dresses can be little replicas of the bridal gown or match the theme of the bridesmaid dresses in an age appropriate fashion. Details can give a big impact to the flower girl's dress. Accents of color and details like satin and lace can convey playfulness while still reflecting the formal tone of the ceremony.

Ring Bearer

The ring bearer brings cuteness and charm to the wedding ceremony! Usually a boy four to eight years old, the ring bearer carries the rings to the bride and groom. During the procession, he will walk down the aisle just before the flower girl.

Mother of the Bride

The mother of the bride is the honored hostess and proud parent! Before the wedding day, she throws the bridal shower, a fun gathering and special opportunity for her daughter to be "showered" with the love, support, and generosity of the women in her life. Before the wedding, she often weighs in on key issues and offers support to help everyone get through the details of planning. On the day of the wedding, she represents the bride's family and often conveys elegance and style in a mother-of-the-bride dress of her choosing.