It’s #ManCrushMonday so I wanted to dedicate this blog post to the men out there who are feeling somewhat helpless when it comes to the ins and outs of weddings. Having planned over 600 weddings I’ve picked up a few things along the way to help the guys out.
As best man, you may think you’re just a glorified groomsman, but you actually have special responsibilities — you’ll be a combination of valet and hand-holder as you help the groom come through this nerve-racking experience with flying colours.
To all the future ‘best men’ out there here’s a rundown of your responsibilities;
- Serve as the groom’s personal aide and adviser before and during the wedding. This can include helping him pack for the honeymoon.
- Help the groom choose wedding formal wear, and coordinate the other groomsmen’s rentals. You guys are supposed to match, after all!
- Organise the bachelor party. Don’t be shy about enlisting other groomsmen to help you out — most guys don’t mind this duty! Put financial worries out of your mind — the cost should be split among everyone who attends the celebration.
- Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner with the bride and groom and all the other attendants. This is your chance to figure out how you’re supposed to walk down that aisle.
- Stand beside the groom at the altar and keep the bride’s ring until vows are exchanged. Find a safe place for the ring (and triple check that your pockets don’t have holes) — you don’t want to fumble around when it’s time to whip it out.
- Check on the other groomsmen and make sure they’re performing their groomsman duties.
- Sign the marriage license as a witness after the ceremony, along with the maid of honour.
- Dance with the maid of honour and the bride during the wedding party dances.
- Give the first toast to the bride and groom at the reception. This one ranks top of the list!
This day marks the beginning of a new adventure for your best friend and the wedding will be over before you know it so remember to make the most of it and enjoy!