What Exactly Does an Usher Do?

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When you're looking for ways to include family members beyond adding them to your wedding party, selecting them as ushers is often a great choice. But what exactly does an usher do?

What Is an Usher?

An usher's biggest responsibility is to direct and seat guests at the ceremony. They are traditionally male friends or relatives of the bride and groom in their late teens up to the couple's age.

We're breaking down the duties and responsibilities of a wedding usher so you can make sure they're up for the job.

At a Formal Wedding

At a more formal celebration, ushers will escort guests to their seats, offering an arm to female guests (especially those arriving alone), and lead male guests or couples to the next available seat. They will also ask if guests are of the bride or the groom (if the couple will be having guests sit on their respective side) or, if seating is open, ask if the guests have a preference of which side they sit on.

At an Informal Wedding

In a less formal setting, ushers will inform guests which side of the aisle to sit on and if any rows are reserved. They are also the ones to make sure guests walk around the outside of the rows instead of down your aisle carefully covered with petals!

Additional Responsibilities

If ushers aren't escorting guests to their seats but merely offering guidance (for example, letting guests know that the first two rows are reserved for family), they may also hand out ceremony programs as guests arrive.

Depending on an usher's relationship with the couple, they may also escort family members such as grandparents to their seats, either before the ceremony begins or as part of the processional. Ushers may also be asked to remain at the back of the venue during the ceremony to seat any guests who arrive once the ceremony has begun.

The most important thing for an usher to do is to pay close attention during the rehearsal and ask questions if there is something that is unclear.

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