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Usher Responsibilities Checklist – Usher Duties

Chris Easter

You’ve been asked to be an usher. Now what? Obviously, your main responsibility will be seating guests as they arrive for the ceremony. However, there are a few other tasks you might be expected to help out with. Here’s a short checklist of important details and responsibilities you’ll need to remember for the rehearsal and on the big day.

The Rehearsal

  • Before the rehearsal starts, make sure you’ve picked up your suit or tux and have it ready to go for the following day.
  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to receive your instructions and any special seating requests.
  • Find out when/where wedding day photos you’ll need to be part of will be taken.
  • Meet your fellow wedding party members if you haven’t already done so.

The Wedding Day

  • Arrive at least 45 minutes before the ceremony starts.
  • Check for any last-minute special seating requests from both families.
  • When guests begin to arrive, seat them on the appropriate side of the church (if this is the couple’s plan)
  • When seating women, give them your arm. Their husband/date is expected to follow behind.
  • Be respectful and courteous to all guests. Even though you only have a few moments to walk them to their seat – try and throw on a little charm. They’ll love it!
  • Be aware of any elderly guests that may need extra help going to and from their seats.
  • If a runner (aisle carpet) is being used, two ushers are often expected to unroll it immediately before the bride walks down the aisle.
  • Traditionally, ushers close the doors after the wedding party enters and re-open them for the bride and her father to enter the church.
  • During the ceremony, ushers typically sit toward the back of the church. Sometimes, they’re even asked to sit outside to let late-arriving guests in without causing a disturbance.
  • After the bride, groom and wedding party exit the church, the ushers begin releasing rows starting with the immediate families and ending with the very back rows.
  • Before heading to the reception, check the church and parking lot for anything that may have been left behind.
  • Most importantly, enjoy yourself! How often do you get to dress up, look sharp, and walk arm in arm with beautiful women all in one day?

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