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The bride plays the most important role in the wedding.
The duties of a bride vary depending on how involved she wants to be in planning her wedding
Aside from the fact that you can’t have a wedding without a bride - it is usually the bride who organises the majority of the day’s events. The mother of the bride, bridesmaids or groom will usually help with different aspects of the planning – so you should find out how involved your fiancé wants to be. Some men are more hands on than others so don’t be offended if he’s not overly keen.
Try and familiarise yourself with the duties of the key wedding roles. This should help you understand how the rest of the wedding party can help – but don’t assume they will know what is expected of them.
There are lots of things to consider before the date is set and you’ll need to make some key decisions with your fiancé. Once these decisions have been made you should create your own wedding checklist. This will help you to keep track of what needs to be done and when. Assigning some of these tasks to friends and family will make planning your wedding a lot more enjoyable and less stressful.
The duties of the bride vary depending on how involved a bride wants to be and are completely optional. The main duties can include:
- Choosing the venue and wedding suppliers. Take a look at our wedding guides for help and advice before choosing your suppliers.
- Shop for bridesmaid dresses
- Choosing the perfect wedding dress and accessories
- Buying gifts for the bridesmaids and other helpers
- Buying a gift for the groom
- Have a hen party
- Bride’s speech. If you always have the last word you might want to say a few words after your husband.
- Throwing the bouquet at the end of the night.
There are a few things you’ll need to do as soon as possible after the big day. This includes cleaning your dress, preserving your bouquet, saying thank you and changing your name. It’s worth thinking about these things in advance of your wedding day to ensure you are well prepared.
- You can never be too organised. A week or two before the wedding, write up a schedule of wedding day timings. Give a copy to everyone in the wedding party so that everyone knows what to expect from the moment they wake up. You can then relax – safe in the knowledge that everyone knows what they should be doing and when.
- If your husband-to-be wants to get involved you may find that there is less for your mum to help with. If this is the case, try to make her feel as though she is still involved – even if it's just keeping her up to date with any decisions you make.