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What do Ushers traditionally do? And how many is normal to have? Is it weird if I want them to pass out favors or help guests find their tables? I dont know what to assign them....

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    Typically Ushers help to seat the guests as the arrive for the ceremony, by escorting them down the aisle.  The number of ushers depends on how many guests you are having.  We had 3.  I think that 2 is pretty common. 
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    I've never seen ushers do more than escort people to their seats at the ceremony.

    Are you having your reception at a hall/restaurant with staff, or will it be at a place where you need to do everything yourselves? If it's a hall/restaurant, I would ask the staff members to do those things for you. If it's a DIY place, I would put the favors at each place setting ahead of time, or have them in a basket or on a table near the exit; and I would make a seating chart or labeled place cards to instruct people where to sit. I'd be very uncomfortable asking my friends to do little jobs at my wedding.

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    Traditionally ushers are used to escort guests at the ceremony - I don't think they usually have a job at the reception.  We're having three with a 300+ person guest list.  We also have a number of groomsmen who can help escort people if things start to get congested.  (oftentimes the groomsmen ARE the ushers, so you don't have to have them if you don't want to)
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_wedding-party_ushers-13?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:37Discussion:2ba6719e-33c9-4375-8afc-91f0fd22e062Post:04cfb0d2-ff7d-40fc-92d9-06fd05437042">Ushers</a>:
    [QUOTE]What do Ushers traditionally do? And how many is normal to have? Is it weird if I want them to pass out favors or help guests find their tables? I dont know what to assign them....
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    Ushers can pass out the programs and see people to their seats. We had 2 ushers. We just asked a few of the GM to do it.

    At the reception, we had all of the favors already on the table. I have never been to a wedding where the favors weren't either already on the tables or available for the guests. I have never seen someone pass them out.
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    We are having 2 ushers for a guest list of apprx 90.  Mostly, they just escort people to their seats at the ceremony (ie, reserving the first 2 rows for immediate family only, making sure people fill in all the seats up front before sitting at the back, showing them to the bride's or groom's side, etc).  After everyone is seated and the ceremony has started, their job is typically over except maybe directing them to the cocktail hour site if it's not immediately apparent?
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    Ushers traditionally escort people to their seats and it is said to have one usher per 50-75 guests.
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    Are ushers necessary? We're still working on our guest list, and our wedding is going to be slightly more casual and relaxed than a traditional wedding. Right now, we only have family on our guest list, and we're in the 40-50 range. I feel like our wedding is going to realistically end up in the 100-150 range, so it sounds like we may need ushers. eek >_<  i'm very new to all this wedding stuff, as you can see, lol.
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