The less glamorous jobs at the wedding fall into the lap of the Best Man. If the Bride has her Maid of Honor, the Groom naturally has to have someone who will have his back. From taking care of the rings, the tux, the speeches, and the toasts at the reception, the Best Man has a lot of duties to fulfil. Here are the top 7 best man duties
1. During the Wedding Planning
- Keep track of who’s invited, who’s coming, where everyone will stay, and what activities will take place.
- Stay on top of the costs, making sure each attendee pays his share.
- You will also need to help arrange wedding accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen and keep them apprised of any changes in scheduling.
2. Shortly Before the Wedding Day
- Organize the couple’s departure from the reception.
- If they or you will drive, consider decorating the getaway car (tastefully).
- Arrange and confirm a limo or other transportation.
3. At the Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
- Attend the rehearsal and pay attention—you may need to help others remember their places and schedules later.
- Organize who will be giving toasts at dinner, including who will be going first.
4. At Home, on the Wedding Day
- The best man should help the groom get dressed.
- Make sure that the groom has his marriage license with him.
- Check on the wedding rings.
- Make sure that he gets to the wedding venue on time (and perfectly sober).
5. At the Ceremony
- Make sure all groomsmen are there on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to seat guests, if they are ushering.
- Check on the ring bearer and the rings.
- You will also escort the Maid of Honor or the Mother of the Bride.
6. After the Ceremony
- Deliver the fee envelope(s) in private to the officiant and any others.
- You must also sign the marriage license as an official witness.
7. At the Reception
- The fun doesn’t end at the reception. Here, the best man must also act as a host and assistant in organising the groomsmen for formal photographs.
- You are also in charge of having either the decorated car (with the couple’s luggage stowed inside) or a limo waiting to take the newlyweds from the reception.
- Take charge of the groom’s tux and return it or have it cleaned.
- Take charge of gift envelopes to hold until the couple’s return.
- When they’re ready to leave, help them make their escape.