The Ceremony

do you need ushers at a civil ceremony?

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Bridezilla

It may sound odd, but i have only ever seen ushers at church ceremony's never at any weddings with a civil ceremony. i don't think we will be having an order of service as although we are having 2 readings i don't feel we need one, so there won't be anything to hand out. I guess it would be nice to have people directed to their seats but we are hopefully (weather depending) having the ceremony outside so will ushers look too formal?

i would like to include my brother and brother in law to be (they are going to be our witnesses)and thought they could be our ushers, but was wondering if you think ushers are an essential part of the bridal party? what do they do?

Bridezilla

hi ya im having 2 ushers and instead of order of service were having order of the day so they will be handing out them and they will be loads of other jobs for them to do hehehe

Bridezilla

Ushers come in very useful for other reasons. Rounding up for photos etc. You'd be suprised how many people you'll need around you to do little jobs

Bridezilla

We've got a large group during the day and our humanist celebrant suggested we have ushers. We're having three, which is probably slightly more than we'd usually need but they'll also have the side-duty of watching my dad to make sure he behaves.

Bridezilla

i am starting to convince myself they are a good idea, i didn't think of the whole photo palava, they would definitely be useful in helping the best man round people up as the best man doesn't know any of either family and the ushers would be a brother from each side so obviously would be able to help! good plan!

Bridezilla

Yep, we're having 3 ushers. One to look pretty and the other two to well, usher people around - sort out the seating for the ceremony, usher people through for the drinks, for the meal, for the first dance, and to help people at the table plan for din dins.

Bridezilla

my 17 year old brother in law will be our usher, and were getting married in a hotel. we arent having order of service, but his role is to direct everyone to their seats, ensure people know where their going after the ceremony and just so he has some importance in the day
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Bridezilla

yep having 2 ushers do do usherly jobs...... direct people to seats, hand out our order of the day, round up ppl for photos etc etc etc

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Bridezilla

When you say they'll usher people to their seats, what exactly do you mean? Sorry to be naive here, but I've only been to one wedding as an adult. Apart from keeping the front rows free for family/wedding party, I don't really care where everyone else sits. Are you having ushers because you want your guests to sit in a certain place, or do you feel they're necessary because people will be a bit surprised not to be told where to sit?

Bridezilla

Weddings ive been to ushers ask, 'are you with the bride or the groom?' and depending who your with you sit on their 'side' of the aisle and anywhere but the first row... this is prob very traditional, and may be hard if you have friends that know both of you, but i guess its more so my aunts and uncles are sat behind my mum etc x

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