Even though it looks different this year, football season is here! And just like teams are drafting their most valuable players, you may be thinking about who your wedding day MVPs will be. When you’re considering people for your wedding party, don’t just give anyone the honors. Your winning team will be a mix of dedication, different strengths, and a little raw talent. Remember: you’re the quarterback calling the plays, your teammates should respect and trust your judgment. Here are the key-players to add to your O-line roster—happy drafting!
1. The Center (the person of honor)
Whether they’re your A1 since day one or a friend from work, having this person on your side is KEY. They’re there to ensure your makeup stays intact and to help with any last-minute adjustments. They’ve been through every plan iteration since you’ve had to reschedule vendors and fittings, and they’re passionate about plowing through the details and protecting your space and time so you can focus on getting down the aisle (before another quarantine is put in place). They should be strong-willed, trustworthy, and good with people. It’s an honor to be in this position.
2. The Guards and Tackles (the cousin)
There’s no place for gender norms in a kick-ass wedding party. No matter how they identify, having close cousins on your team will help everything run a little more smoothly. Your tackles should be assigned the tasks of fielding texts, phone calls, and your aunt’s neverending stories. They serve as a barrier when you need a second to breathe or don’t have the patience. The best people for this position are fun and outgoing, they get your family dynamics.
3. The Running Backs (the work friend)
The epitome of taking the ball and running with it, you may want one or two running backs in your wedding party. Maybe they’re friends with a special talent for getting lipstick or wine stains out of fabric, fixing makeup, or interior design tricks. These are the people you’ll be assigning last-minute tasks to. The best running backs have good judgment, they don’t need a ton of direction, they’re flexible, and there when you need them to carry the job out. This position is best for a friend who may be introverted or shy, and someone whose special talents you trust.
4. The Wide Receiver (the high school or college friend)
This person has been with you through the thick of it and is proud to call you a lifelong friend. Your wide receiver is someone who knows the plays you’re going to call (sometimes before you call them), and they’re prepared to catch whatever you throw their way—without judgment. Their goal is to simply be there for you, waiting to help however they can. The people best suited for this position are typically long-time friends from high school and college who have patience.
5. The Tight End (the sibling)
The tight end position is best for younger siblings, family members, or someone who may not know you as best as some of the others on your team. They’re able to do whatever you need in the moment—a runner to carry out tasks, to check in on the vendors, to hold your phone, or to be wherever else you need an extra hand. They’re happy to be on your team (and are probably used to being bossed around).