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Common Types of Attendants

Bridesmaids ~ Female attendants of the bride.

Maid of Honor ~ The chief bridesmaid, usually the closest sister or best friend of the bride. The maid of honor is always unmarried (has never been married before).

Matron of Honor ~ The married equivalent of the maid of honor.

Junior Bridesmaids ~ Girls who are too young to be bridesmaids and too old to be flower girls.

Flower Girls ~ Young girls, old enough to walk but young enough to be considered "little girls," who during the procession toss flower petals on the aisle in front of the bride (or alternatively, carry a small bouquet or basket of flowers).

Ring Bearer ~ A very young boy who carries the wedding bands to the front of the church during the processional.

Junior Groomsmen ~ Boys who are too young to be groomsmen and too old to be ring bearers, flower girls escorts, etc. May be chosen to escort junior bridesmaids.

Best man ~ The chief groomsman, usually the closest brother or best friend of the groom.

Groomsmen ~ Male attendants of the groom. They are usually also ushers.

Ushers ~ Men who help seat guests either by escorting them or by showing them to available seats. Ushers are usually the same as groomsmen and the two terms are often used interchangeably.


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