The best man is the person chosen by the groom
The best man is the person chosen by the groom it is the person who the groom chooses to have supporting him on his special day. Usually it is his best friend but it can be a family member if it is more appropriate. At the end of the day it should be his choice. Check with the groom at the start who is paying for your attire, and accomadition if you have to stay overnight, it will save embaressment later on. Also if there is anthing different from the accepted usual duties that you may be required to do.
It is better to know you are walking Fido at the reception rather than find out on the day!. Often the best man helps organise the stag party if there is going to be one but if it is left up to you entirely make sure you discuss with the groom before hand what plans you intend to make. There are some things that YOU might think are suitable but the groom (and his bride) would not find acceptable.
Nowadays stag nights are often held a few days before the wedding ceremony is held
Nowadays stag nights are often held a few days before the wedding ceremony is held. You will be required to attend any rehersals and this is important as this will give you an opportunity to ask any questions if you have any.When the day arrives make sure you arrive at the groom’s home in plenty of time, sometimes it may be more convenient to stay the night in the same place -thus ensuring that no one will have overslept and he will arrive at the venue on time.
Make sure you have the wedding rings
Make sure you have the wedding rings and that either you or the groom have any licences and monies for payment of fees. Fees are usually paid after the wedding ceremony has taken part but this is something you can ask at the rehersal. It is also advisable to check with the groom if there are any other payments to be made on the day that he may require you to pass on ie at the reception. It may also be your’re duty to organize the handing out on the day for any buttonholes for male attendants or guests.
Throughout the day you may just need to be available in case of any unforeseen circumstances. It is the groom’s job to look after the rings during the wedding ceremony unil they are required. When the wedding ceremony is over and the bride and groom leave the venue, the best man will escort the matron of honour walking directly behind the bride and groom, followed by any other attendants.
Once outside and depending on the photographer…..
Once outside and depending on the photographer it may be you are required to help gather the respective family or friends to pose for the photographs.The role of the best man at the reception it to make a speach and to toast the groom, also to toast the bridesamaids and the bride and groom. If there are any messages or cards from guests who have not been able to attend the wedding it may be appropriate to read these out.
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Before the couple depart for their honeymoon check they have all their luggage and tickets and if approprate oraganise the decorating of the car. When it is time for the couple to leave make sure that everone knows they are about to depart (unless instructed otherwise by the couple).