Wedding Usher Duties in Detail

Wondering how to involve all your cousins? Make 'em ushers! Read on for details.
by Elise Proulx

Do you have 12 first cousins, 4 brothers, 3 soon-to-be brother-in-laws, and 5 best male pals? Sounds like you have a groomsman overload problem. But not to worry -- even if you can't have 20 groomsmen (a logistical nightmare), you can designate several male pals as ushers. As a rule of thumb, look to have one usher to seat every 50 guests.


Ushers escort guests to their seats before the ceremony (guiding female guests by the arm), roll out the aisle runner (if you have one), and act as general guest guides. Designating friends and family members as ushers is a great way to include more people in your wedding day fun without overdosing on groomsmen. After all, if you have too many people traipsing up and down the aisle, your ceremony may drag on a bit.

Junior Ushers

If you want to include your 16-year-old brother or cousin in your wedding, make him a junior usher. He can wear a tux and accompany the older ushers, seating guests as they arrive.

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