If you're not well versed in world of wedding lingo, you may find the term usher a bit of an ambiguous one. Whether you're the groom setting the wheels in motion or lucky enough to be given the role of an usher, it's important to become familiar with this term. So let's start with the basics...
WHAT IS AN USHER?
An usher, as the name suggests, is essentially a person chosen to usher the guests into the wedding venue to be comfortably seated. They can also double as groomsmen and are seen as the male equivalent to a bridesmaid. If you've been chosen as an usher you'll be a close friend to the groom but don't worry, no nerve-wracking speeches involved for you! You'll generally be offering a hand to the best man, assisting in the overall running of the day and also the stag do.
WHAT DOES AN USHER DO?
So you need to know what you're going to be doing on the big day, here are some of the main responsibilities which you can expect from an usher...
- Assist in stag do organisation
- Get ready with the groom on the morning of the wedding
- Greet the guests on arrival and show them to their seats
- Gather guests for photo opportunities
- Start the party!
DO YOU NEED AN USHER?
Not necessarily. A wedding should be done on the couples own terms and the way they wish so if they feel they need an usher, great! If not, that's totally fine too. If it's the latter, they may just need to assign someone to greet the guests...more often than not, the best man will take up this role.
WHAT DOES AN USHER WEAR?
A traditional wedding will mean the ushers outfit is organised by the groom and it will more than likely be a two or three piece suit. You'll go to fittings at various stores and it will ultimately be the grooms choice when it comes to your outfit. He'll probably have colours in mind (or strict instructions from his bride-to-be!) to compliment the bridesmaids so you can leave it in his capable hands to kit you out.
As an usher, your suit will usually be the same as the groom and best man's suits, so that you are easily identified as part of the grooms party. Now it doesn't have to be identical, sometimes the groom will have some sort of distinguishing feature such as a contrast waistcoat or a different tie to set them apart. Or maybe the groom will wear a navy tweed check and the best man and ushers will wear plain navy suits. There's a whole host of options to be discovered!
For a more relaxed wedding, the usher is free to wear a suit of their choosing. It may be that you need to stick to a certain colour palette or maybe you've been given free rein to be as adventurous as you like, as long as you look well presented that's all that matters.
If you're a groom looking for inspiration towards your usher's outfit, explore the range here.
If you're an usher choosing your own suit, take a look at our suggestions here.