Know Your Best Man Duties
He’s chosen you to stand up for him on his big day. So don’t let him down by slacking on your best man duties. Here’s a list of your responsibilities as his go-to guy.
Before the Wedding
- Help the groom choose his tux.
- Organize groomsmen’s fittings.
- Plan and give the bachelor party.
- Make sure the other groomsmen are in check—for example, you should keep track of whether everyone’s picked up their tuxes/suits and made the appropriate tailor appointments.
- Communicate with the rest of the wedding party on all the important dates, both pre-wedding and day-of. Keep everyone apprised of any changes in scheduling.
- Help arrange wedding accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen.
- Assist the groom in organizing the groomsmen’s gift, to be presented at the bachelor party.
- Help coordinate transportation and lodging for all the groomsmen to get to the rehearsal and the wedding. Make sure they get there on time.
- Arrange the couple’s departure from the reception, whether they drive (are you decorating the car?) or take a limo.
During the Ceremony
- Hold the bride’s ring. Expert tip: Place it in your vest pocket. If there’s a ring bearer, make sure he knows his job and that the rings are attached to the pillow.
- Help the groom get dressed.
- Have the groom give you any payments (in labeled and sealed individual envelopes) for the wedding officiant, musicians, or other staff; make sure to deliver them to proper parties.
- Keep track of the marriage license.
- Get the groom to the wedding venue on time.
- Make sure all groomsmen are where they need to be on time, dressed appropriately, and with properly attached boutonnières.
- Stand by the groom while waiting for the ceremony to start.
- After the ceremony is complete, escort the maid of honor down the aisle. Then head back to escort the mother of the bride.
- Sign the marriage license as a witness, along with the maid of honor.
- Stand in the receiving line, if the couple has one.
- If there isn’t a limo, drive the couple to the reception.
During the Reception
- Act as host, showing guests where to sit, telling them to where to put gifts, etc.
- Organize groomsmen for formal photographs.
- Give the first toast.
- Dance with the maid of honor.
- Help the groom change into his clothing to leave the reception. Take charge of his tux and return it or have it cleaned.
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