WEDDING ETIQUETTE

The bride selects the type of service, decides on her dress and the bridesmaid's attire, whilst the bridegroom selects the best man and ushers, buys the ring and pays the church fees. He can also buy presents for the bridesmaids, best man and ushers a a gesture of gratitude for their help. Pic 1He buys flowers for the bride, bride's mother, bridesmaids, and buttonholes for himself and the best man. He arranges and pays for transport for himself and the best man and for the bride and himself after the wedding.

THE BEST MAN

The best man is the bridegroom's right hand man, who keeps the ring and ensures the bridegroom gets to the church on time. He pays the church fees on behalf of the bridegroom. He checks and ensures transport for all guests to the reception and that any travel arrangements for the honeymoon are in order. At the reception it is the best man's honour to read any congratulatory telegrams.

THE CHIEF BRIDESMAID

The Chief Bridesmaid assists the bride to dress, holds the bouquet during the ceremony and organises other bridesmaids.

THE BRIDE'S FATHER

The father gives the bride away and receives guests at the reception. He pays for the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, cars (except bridegroom's), photographs, church and reception flowers, invitations and press announcements (if any).

THE BRIDE'S MOTHER

The bride's mother is traditionally in charge of all proceedings. She decides on the guest list together with the bridegroom's mother and the venue for the reception. She handles any catering arrangements and ensures the wedding cake is ready. After the wedding ceremony, the bride's mother and father, together with bride and bridegroom and his parents, greet the guests at the reception.