Names for wedding party members who are friends of both bride and groom?
March 1, 2013 2:56 PM Subscribe
So a female friend of the bride is typically called a bridesmaid
(or maid of honor
or matron of honor
). I guess you could also use brideswoman
(or woman of honor
) if you want to avoid the whole does-maid-mean-unmarried? issue. I've heard the term a bridesman
(or man of honor
) for a male friend of the bride. And if you don't want to specify the gender of the person in question, you could use bridesperson
(or person of honor
). A male friend of the groom is typically a groomsman
(or best man
). A female friend is sometimes called a groomswoman
(or best woman
), although I guess you could also go with groomsmaid
(or best maid
or best matron
). And again, avoiding the gender of the friend, you can have a groomsperson
(or best person
But what if there's a member of the wedding party who is a friend of both the bride and groom? What do you call that person?
posted by ErWenn to Writing & Language (22 answers total)
In our upcoming wedding, we (my fiancée and I) have taken to referring to the whole group as the wedding entourage or the wedding posse. And I guess you could refer to the individuals as wedding entourage members or wedding posse members, but that's kind of boring. The best I've been able to come up with is weddingsman and weddingswoman (or weddingsperson), but that's kind of meh, and my fiancée doesn't like it at all.
Any other suggestions?