Q: I always thought that female attendants represent the bride and that male attendants stand up for the groom. Do these gender roles still exist, or have times changed?
A: Brides and grooms who want to honor a special person in their lives – be it a relative or friend – may choose to have an “honor attendant” rather than bridesmaids or groomsmen. A man or woman can serve as an honor attendant for the opposite sex. The duties are adapted accordingly; a man wouldn’t help the bride get dressed, for example!