Here Comes...the Entourage!
Selecting the Team
Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
This group will be a select group of family and friends that you and your fiance know will be along for the ride of planning a wedding. These are the people that are going to line the aisle as you are introduced as bride and groom for the first time, and they stand right by your side as you take your vows. Do you want a fun group or more serious friends? Do you want an interconnected clique, or a few favorite people from every walk of your life? This all depends on you and your future spouse.
When asking someone to join your bridal party, do not forget to take their personal lives into consideration. There are MANY costs associated with being a part of a bridal party, and those costs increase when your friends are long distance. Even though someone may be really flattered to be apart of your wedding entourage, be okay with the fact that some may not be able to afford the title.
She's Just One of the Guys
The Bride's Go To Team
The bride will have a maid or matron of honor to help her out on her wedding day. For those that are unfamiliar a maid of honor is an unmarried leading lady, while a matron of honor is married. A maid/matron of honor seemingly has a bit more responsibility than a best man. She comes out right before the bride, holds her flowers during the ceremony, fluffs the bride's dress, makes a speech during the reception, acts as a point of contact for vendors, and kind of keeps the rest of the bridal party in line. This gal is throwing bridal showers, coordinating bachelorette parties, all while keeping her bestie sane.
Maybe a bride selects a man to take on the role. A Man of Honor or Bridesman can do everything, just as a maid of honor would.