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Duties of the Best Man

Updated on June 30, 2012

Pranking the Groom is most certainly part of the Best Man's duties!

What you should (and shouldn't) be doing

Being someone's best man can be a hell of a job. Not that it is a bad job at all, but it is easy to get things wrong if one is not careful. When someone makes you his best man, it means that you are the closest friend to them and that they can trust you to help them with important things. You are almost like the assistant groom, so to speak. So everything you do or say means a lot to the groom and the wedding in general. Therefore, it is important to know what exactly is expected of a best man before, during and after the wedding. What are your duties and responsibilities?

The groom's advisor

First and foremost of the best man duties, the groom will require your advice on just about everything he does. Sorry to say this, but that is not a favor you are doing him. The truth is that as long as you are the best man, you ought to give advice on most decisions the groom takes. This shouldn't be a difficult task considering that you obviously are close friends. Details such as the bride's tuxedo, the choice of shoes and even the venue of the ceremony will require your advice.

Personal aide

As the best man, you are also the groom's personal aide. You are supposed to go with him to meet the bride's family. At the wedding, you are expected to keep the bride's ring until the vows have been exchanged. You will also sign the certificates as the official witness to the marriage ceremony, and make the first toast to the couple during the wedding.

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Organizing the Bachelors' Party

Another one of the important best man duties is to organize the bachelors' party. This is indeed a huge task if you are not used to organizing events. However, most attendants here are your friends so you can just do it any way you and your buddies find suitable. You need not worry about finances because every participant usually makes a contribution towards this party. If you are short of ideas on how to organize this party, then why not ask one of your buddies or your groomsmen to help out? They shouldn't have any problems assisting you. In fact, you will be surprised to find that most of them will be excited about it!

Driving the Bride and Groom

After the wedding, you are supposed to help pack all the gifts and ensure that not one gift is left at the reception. It is also your responsibility to drive the couple to the airport from where they can take the flight to their honeymoon. Sometimes the groom makes arrangements for this transport to the airport. If this is the case, then it would be a relief for you because driving the bride and groom means that you have to stay sober throughout the ceremony.

When you are somebody's best man, remember always to be careful about how you appear in public. Try to be friendly and nice, especially when you go to meet the bride's extended family because your behavior says something about the groom too.


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