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There appears to be a never ending list of arrangements to be made when planning a wedding. Below is a guide to who traditionally is responsible for what.

The Bride and her Parents

Although the following arrangements are the responsibility of the bride and her family, it is expected the groom will be involved in some of the decision making.

  • Where to be married, either in church, register office or other approved premises.
  • Complete arrangements for the wedding service; Order of Service, music, decorations for the premises e.g flowers for the church.
  • Choose her bridesmaids, perhaps pageboys and their outfits.
  • Organise the reception, this includes:
    • The time and date
    • The menu
    • The wines and soft drinks to be served
    • What flowers to be used on the tables and who is to provide them
    • The number of guests
    • The seating plan
  • Organise the wedding cake.
  • Choose and order the flowers, bouquets, buttonholes and corsages.
  • Order the wedding cars.
  • Choose the invitations have them printed, write them and send them out.
  • Book a photographer and videographer, if required.
  • Choose to buy hire or have the wedding gown made.
  • Remember to include the traditional, something old something new something borrowed something blue as part of the bides outfit.

The Bridegroom

The bridegroom will be consulted on many of the plans made by the bride and her family but the following are his specific responsibilities.

  • His 'stag party'
  • Buying the wedding rings.
  • Buying or hiring his own wedding clothes.
  • Selecting his best man and ushers.
  • Planning and booking the honeymoon.



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