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The Usher: Walk This Way

October 21, 2010

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The usher’s role in a wedding must never be underestimated. The usher is responsible for making every guest feel welcome. He should be charming and captivating as he escorts guests to their seat. The number of ushers at a wedding ceremony depends on the number of expected guests; two ushers per fifty guests is a good rule of thumb.

Here are some of the usher’s duties:

  • Getting measured and fitted for his tuxedo (and generally paying for it too).
  • Assisting the best man with the bachelor party if asked.
  • Helping the groom with last minute wedding details.
  • Attending all pre-wedding parties. Cheers!
  • Arriving early to the ceremony. Plan to get there about an hour in advance, but if you’re in pre-ceremony pictures the couple may give you an earlier time to arrive.
  • Handing out programs (if there are any).
  • Telling guests where the restrooms are located, and becoming familiar with the layout of the site so you are able to field any questions that guests may have.
  • politely remind guests to turn off their cell phones.
  • Seating the guests. Do this by offering your right arm to female guests as they arrive (chivalry is still alive and well in the world of weddings!). If it is a couple, the male guest will walk a few paces behind the two of you. If several guests arrive together, escort eldest guests first.
  • Familiarize yourself with seating guidelines. The way guests are seated generally varies depending on the type of wedding. For example, in Christian ceremonies the bride’s guests are seated on the left side of the aisle and the groom’s guests on the right. Many times people request aisle seats to get a good look at the blushing bride. In order to ensure family (and sometimes close friends) are seated in a way that provides the best view, some couples may give pew cards to hand to an usher in order to ensure preferential seating for certain guests. We here at Mojuba love the use of pew cards because it ensures that your favorite, but chronically late, Aunt Betty still gets her front row seat at the wedding.
  • Unrolling the aisle runner.
  • In the event of rain, escort guests to their cars with an umbrella.
  • Checking that the site is cleared of all guests’ and wedding party’s belongings after the ceremony.

The usher’s role in the wedding is to be welcoming, charming, and an all around perfect gentleman.The usher is in many ways acting as a host at the ceremony. The usher sets the tone for the wedding by being the first friendly face guests see when they

We’ve moved! We won’t be posting here anymore. If you want to be added to the new email list click here and enter your email.  If you’re new to our blog, welcome! Don’t be shy about subscribing we promise not to overwhelm your inbox. Also, send us your thoughts on current posts or things you’d like to hear about in the future. Our Mojuba ring-leader, Jackie James, gets bored when her expertise isn’t put to good use.

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