Planning + Advice, 12 March 2019

What Is The Role of An Usher?

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Okay, so we all know that we have Ushers at weddings but what does an Usher do exactly?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised as an Usher is on hand to help out with many things!

Firstly, an Usher is someone who assists wedding guests to where they need to be. More importantly, the role of the Usher is to make sure everyone is mingling on the run up to your big day. If there are people who don’t know each other, it’s the Ushers job to introduce them. After all, you’ll want everyone to feel comfortable when they’re sat next to each other at the wedding.

An Ushers duty prior to the big day

Although it’s the best mans job to arrange the stag do, it’s an Usher’s job to make sure everyone has a good time. Introducing people to each other and helping to create a fun environment. That way the wedding guests are looking forward to seeing everyone again on the big day.

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An Ushers duty during the ceremony

An Usher welcomes guests, directs them to their seats and offers assistance where necessary. If a guest’s struggling in the rain, he’ll offer an umbrella and help the guest inside. Likewise, if there’s a mother and baby, he’ll seat her in the aisle in case she needs to soothe a screaming baby. He’ll know where guests can park, the location of the bar, toilets and any other information that may be useful. Some venues won’t allow flash photography or the throwing of confetti and guests need to know this information. It’s the Ushers job to make sure that guests know this. An usher should arrive early before any wedding guests. It’s their job to hand out buttonholes, corsages and seating plans. Not to mention, order of service sheets!

In A Nutshell, The Usher Helps Everything To Run Smoothly

As well as meeting, greeting and providing information to guests, an Usher remains at the back of the hall during the ceremony to welcome latecomers and limit disruptions. It’s the Ushers job to make sure all members of the wedding party are okay such as the flowers girls, page boys and bridesmaids. Once the newlyweds have said ‘I Do,’ the Ushers are expected to inform guests where they need to be. This may be telling them where to gather for photos or giving them directions to the reception venue. The wedding photographer may even rely on the Usher to help arrange the guests for group photos. Traditionally, once the newlyweds have left, the Ushers escort the bridesmaids to the wedding reception.

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An Ushers duty during the reception

The Ushers need to arrive at the reception as soon as possible to direct guests to the correct area. They advise guests where to leave gifts and cards and where the guestbook is. If the reception venue is different from the ceremony, they’ll need to tell guests where they can find the bar, toilets or cloakroom. An Usher calls taxi’s for guests who are too drunk to drive home. They also handle any intoxicated guests who could cause upset. Ushers are often asked to make a speech so this is something to keep in mind.

Lastly, Ushers may be paired up with bridesmaids and asked to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

Choosing your Ushers

Choose someone who is reliable. Someone you can count on and someone who won’t let you down. A role of an Usher is demanding, daunting and downright stressful at times. Make sure you thank them with a gift to show how much you appreciate them playing such an important part in your big day.

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