The groom has selected you to accompany him on the most important day of his life. Are you ready for the honour? As an usher, you are expected to take upon yourself all the worries of the groom and the Best Man, and help them resolve and organise all the wedding-related chores. Traditionally, the groom and the Best Man used to select the ushers who are unmarried; however, modern ushers are selected more out of convenience than following a protocol. The ushers may be the brothers of the bride and even married. Generally, one usher per fifty guests is the norm.
Since ushers may be many, it’s better to get to know each other before the wedding day. The Best Man would do well to arrange a meeting of the ushers either some time before the rehearsals or immediately afterwards so that they may know each other and coordinate among themselves their plans of running the show.
Ushers’ job on the wedding day is to remain on a standby and ease out the creases, if any. So, if anything is going against the plan, it’s the ushers’ job to fix it. For instance, if the carpet on the floor needs straightening-up to prevent accidental falls, ushers must do the repair job before any damage is done. They are also responsible to render any help to the guests should they need it. In short, the ushers are indispensable to a successful wedding event.
And of course, the cherry on the cake is reserved for the occasion when the ushers get to escort the bridesmaids during the procession following the bride and throughout the day.