Ushers are an important element of the religious ceremonies at a wedding. The ushers can be male younger members of the family, friends of the bride or groom and even members of the congregation at the church where your wedding ceremony will take place. It is a good idea to pick them from both sides of the family. This way there will be someone who recognizes a guest no matter which side of the family the guest belongs to. There’s no limit to how many can be appointed. Usually two ushers are sufficient if there are less than sixty guests.
However, as the number of guests increases, so should the number of ushers in order to ensure that all the guests are welcomed and shown to their seats and handing out ‘order of service’ sheets on arrival. If there are few ushers, then the groomsmen can also be asked to take on the task of ushering in the guests. It is important that the ushers arrive at the wedding location well in advance of the start of the ceremony.
In fact, ideally the ushers should be there about 45 minutes to an hour before the ceremony begins.
The Ushers Duties and Checklist,wedding day
1-2 Months Prior
- Arrange a fitting for a tuxedo or suit.
- Assist with the planning and execution of bachelor party.
1-2 Weeks Prior
- Make sure any special seating arrangements are clear.
Week of the Ceremony
- Pick up tuxedo/suit and make sure it fits.
- Finalise any special seating arrangements for guests.
- Attend the wedding rehearsal.
Day of the Ceremony
- Seat guests according to already-established protocol.
- Stand with the groom and best man for ceremony.
- Escort the bridesmaid from ceremony and into reception.
- Greet guests in reception lines.