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Groomsmen doubling as ushers?

Pros? Cons?Until fairly recently, I just assumed that we would have a couple of my cousins who aren't otherwise in the wedding just stand at the door and hand out programs and direct people to the left or right (or escort an elderly guest). No tux, no other responsibilities.My FFIL insists that the groomsmen ARE the ushers, to the point of only referring to them as ushers (which seems like a downgrade to me, but eh...)On the other hand, my uncle, who is performing the ceremony (he's a judge), insists that having the gm's double as ushers is a bad idea - that having them multitask will complicate things needlessly.We're expecting about 160 people, and have 3 gm's (plus best man) - and the plan is to have the gm's escort the bm's in the processional, if that changes anything. At a church, but non-denominational ceremony.The only other piece of info is that we all (including my cousins, the potential ushers) will be driving in from ~3hr away, and so if there is any delay in schedule (we do have lots of extra time built in, but worst case), my concern is that the gm's will take more time getting into tuxes, while the cousins will just need to slip into a regular suit, and so at the very least, we should have backups?Sorry for the novel - just want to cover bases. Thanks for any suggestions or advice.

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    I've seen it done both ways . The only way GM as ushers complicates things is that they won't seat the people who come in right before the ceremony starts and the GMs have left to take their place for the processional. At this point, it's 5 min before the ceremony so your cousins should be there and dressed. They could step in and seat the stragglers once the GMs go. The GMs usher in their tuxes so I'm not sure where the changing comes into play.
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    Oh, I tried so hard to be clear :) It always fails... I'm sorry.To try to explain would make it more complicated (I just tried to write it out, and it turned out longer than my original post), so maybe ignore that piece of info (I think on that issue I'm just being paranoid about a bizarre burst of traffic).I think really, I'm just trying to figure out if there is any reason to take one man's advice over the other's.
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    Agree with pp; either way is acceptable. I think in times past, the groomsmen WERE the ushers. It is only recently that there are separate roles. That said, we are having groomsmen, as well as ushers.
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    I plan on our groomsmen being ushers although I may not have any at all.. Why make 2+ more people buy a tux or special outfit plus have you shell out more $ on gifts. I am on strict budget so my reasons are more financial BUT really I don't see the point in ushers...People should be smart enough to figure it out on their own where to sit and if they sit on the wrong side it's not the end of the world. Most of my guests are couples anyway so it isn't like the usher would actually need to "escort" anyone anyway...
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    Oh, I definitely would not ask my cousins get tuxes or any special outfit - they would wear whatever they had chosen to wear, were they present simply as guests.I just hate that I essentially have to choose whose advice to take (FFIL or uncle) rather than randomly go one way or the other.
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    You could have no ushers :) Then you taking neither of their advice.
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    Thanks, khurley, but I think that would make my FFIL keel over :)I think he likes the idea that his sons (two of the gm's are FH's brothers) will be escorting his family to their seats. <sigh> Silly family mini-drama... I suppose I should be glad this is one of the larger "arguments" we've had over the wedding.
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    I've seen it done both ways.  When DH was a GM, he was also an usher.   It doesn't really go poorly.  They escort people to their seats until it's time to process down the aisle.
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    I have seen it done both ways. Walking people down the aisle isn't too complex. It'a not like having your MOH as a wedding coordinator - that's complicated. IMO, it's tacky to have ushers bear the expense of being in a wedding, without the recognition of doing so. It's a lot to have someone spend the money on a tux to perform a task for 30 minutes.
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    Angel, I believe I specified at least twice (including in the original post) that I would NOT ask them to rent a tux.
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    Yes, I saw that. I was simply stating that doing so is tacky IMO and your alternate solution seems like a good one.
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    Our GM were our ushers. BM stayed with DH and the three GM ushered our guests to their seats and then came to the back of the church to process with the bridesmaids. It all worked out fine :)
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    You could have your specific ushers, but then the groomsmen could also help escort guests (It might be crowded, but at least you could keep both sides happy).
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    Angel - sorry, I misunderstood :)emilykathleen - I think your idea is good, but in reverse. The groomsmen can be the ushers.... but we'll just have the cousins ready to "back them up" if need be?I'll see my uncle this weekend, and hopefully can get from him why he is concerned with them pulling double duty.Thanks, all, for your help.
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    My fi's 2 brothers will be his best men/ushers. They will walk out with fi and then unroll the aisle runner before I come out and walk back up front to stand beside fi.
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