Roles of the Entourage

One of the ingredients in having a perfect wedding is to make sure that everybody involved in the event is aware of their role. Here in the Philippines, it is uncommon to have rehearsals. I’ve never attended a wedding where the couple called to have rehearsals before the actual event. So first timers end up clueless as to what to do and how to act during the wedding.

Thankfully for us, Fr. Allen De Guzman of Caleruega informed us of how beautiful the event would be if everybody, especially the secondary sponsors, knows when to stand and do exactly what they need to do even without a cue from the commentator. With that, I created a simple cheat that you can send to your entourage.

Roles And Orientation Of The Following Entourage

Commentator

  • Aside from commentating. To remind guests before the ceremony: Mobile Phones in Silent Mode, Kids/Babies timeout outside :)

Best Man

  • Taking care of the Wedding Rings and Arrhaes, get it from the Ring Bearer and Coin Bearer after the procession
  • To escort the Groom’s parents to the altar during the rite of marriage
  • To assist the Primary Sponsors in signing the contract together with the Maid of Honor
  • To lead the Ceremonial Toast in the reception, prepare own speech (not more than 60 seconds)

Maid Of Honor

  • Taking care of the Bible and Rosary, get it from the Bible Bearer after the procession
  • To assist the Bride all the time from Ceremony to Reception
  • To assist the Bride’s parents during the rite of marriage
  • To assist the Primary Sponsors in signing the contract together with the Best Man
  • To prompt the Bridesmaids in their jobs from Ceremony to Reception

Candle Sponsors

  • Light Up the Candles before the RITE OF MARRIAGE (after the Officiator’s Homily)
  • Use matches (not lighter)
  • Bow from the waist (facing each other before going to the Altar)

Veil Sponsors

  • Male Sponsor to place the veil on Groom’s Right Shoulder
  • Female Sponsor to place the veil over the head of the Bride (pin on the head’s crown area for safety)
  • Remove the Veil after removal of the Cord
  • Bow from the waist (facing each other before going to the Altar)
  • Kneel cue, after communion cue

Cord Sponsors

  • Bind the Groom and Bride after Veil Rituals
  • Get ready to Remove the Cord right after the Communion
  • Bow from the waist (facing each other before going to the Altar)

Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

  1. Helps the groom/bride in any task or errand
  2. Bridesmaids to Spread the Bride’s Long Veil during the ceremony
  3. Assist the Best Man / Maid of Honor in securing personal items
  4. Joins the bride and groom in the pictorials, especially after the church ceremony
  5. Ensures the guests are seated during the reception venue; if not, usher the guests to their seats
  6. Assists in gathering the guests for photographs
  7. Coordinate once in-a-while with the Master of Ceremony

Ceremonial Line Up And Position

 

  1. Best Man – to sit near the Groom
  2. Groom’s Parents – to walk together, stop halfway the Aisle and wait for the Groom. Sit at the front , right side
  3. Principal Sponsors – Gentlemen on the Right, Ladies on the Left to sit at the first row
  4. Secondary Sponsors – Gentlemen on the Right, Ladies on the Left to sit at the 2nd row
  5. Groomsmen And Bridesmaids – Gentlemen on the Right, Ladies on the Left to sit at the 3rd row
  6. Symbol Bearers – To sit on the 2nd row right side. Ring (symbol of Never Ending Love), Arrhae (symbol of treasure and Groom’s Family name), Bible (symbol of Faith)
  7. Flower Girls – to sit on the 2nd row left side
  8. Maid Of Honor – to sit near the Bride.

 

There you go! I hope this helps. One more thing though, do follow up with your entourage to make sure they familiarize themselves with their roles.

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