I will be the maid of honor for a friend's wedding in a couple months, and I'm concerned that either the bride- or groom-to-be might back out at the last second. As in, during the ceremony. Obviously this scenario is not what I want for them and I realize it is not about me, but I don't want to be standing up there at the altar with everyone staring at me while no one knows what to do.
So my question is: in the immediate aftermath of a no-show or runaway bride/groom, what are the duties of the bridal party?
Should we escort the bride out of the church if he doesn't show? Should we try to go find her if she doesn't show? Should one of us stay behind to make some kind of announcement to the guests? I don't think it's that likely I'll need to know--maybe a 20% chance--but it would make me feel a lot better to have some kind of plan in my head just in case.