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    bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    What is the difference between "bridal attendant" and "bridesmaid"?
    The former seems to be the person taking care of a bride through the course of wedding, while the latter is the person for photshots carrying flowers.

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What is the difference between "bridal attendant" and "bridesmaid"?
    The former seems to be the person taking care of a bride through the course of wedding, while the latter is the person for photshots carrying flowers.
    I've never heard of a bridal attendant.

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What is the difference between "bridal attendant" and "bridesmaid"?
    The former seems to be the person taking care of a bride through the course of wedding, while the latter is the person for photshots carrying flowers.
    We don't use the term "bridal attendant" in BrE (as far as I know) but a bridesmaid is most certainly not responsible for photoshots carrying flowers!

    In the UK, most brides have a "maid/matron of honour", also known as "head bridesmaid". She is in charge of certain aspects at the wedding, such as arranging the train of the dress, checking the veil and she is responsible for making sure that all the other bridesmaids are where they need to be and that they know what they're doing! The other bridesmaids tend to simply be for decoration! It's true that they usually carry a small bouquet of flowers each so photos of the bride with her bridesmaids will contain a lot of flowers.

    I think I might have heard the word "attendants" to refer to all of the bridesmaids and page boys at a wedding (page boys are the male equivalent of bridesmaids).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    page boys are the male equivalent of bridesmaids
    "Groomsmen" here. And the "best man" is the male equivalent to the "maid of honor."

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Yes, the groom has a best man and the bride has a maid/matron of honour. Maid of honour if the lady concerned is unmarried. Matron of honour if she's married.
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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    In the UK, the duties of the "best man" are different from those of the maid/matron of honour.

    His 3 primary roles are (or used to be):
    1. Getting the groom to the wedding on time
    2. Custodian of the wedding ring(s), which he doesn't hand over until they are actually about to be blessed/worn and
    3. Master of ceremonies at the "reception" (party) following the wedding. He reads out the congratulations received and normally cracks a few jokes from his knowledge of the groom.

    He may also have a role in the groom's pre-nuptual "stag party"!

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Yes, I should have pointed out that they don't do the same thing. They're simply the main supporting character on each side of the farce wedding.
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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Yes. My comment was really in reply to:

    And the "best man" is the male equivalent to the "maid of honor."

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    the farce
    Were you at the two wedding services I conducted?
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Apr-2013 at 16:55.

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    Re: bridal attendant vs bridesmaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Yes. My comment was really in reply to:

    And the "best man" is the male equivalent to the "maid of honor."

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    Well, I did not mean that he helped the groom get into his dress and straightened out his train every time he moved! Neither does he throw a groomal shower.

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