Traditional BestMan and Groomsmen duties

Best Man

  • Plan and host the bachelor party based on groom’s interests not yours and coordinate with the groomsmen.
  • Rent or purchase wedding attire that is pre-selected and go to groom’s fitting appointment.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrange for transportation to ceremony for self and groom.
  • Arrange for transportation of the couple as well as self to the reception.
  • Arrives with the groom at least 1 hour before the ceremony and helps him out.
  • Helps keep the groom calm and make sure he eats.
  • Supervises groomsmen and ushers.
  • Troubleshoots issues without getting groom or bride involved.
  • Holds bride’s wedding ring if not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Escorts the Maid (Matron) of Honor during the recessional.
  • Forwards vendor’s tips from the groom.
  • Stands to the right of the bride in the receiving line.
  • Makes toast at the reception.
  • Transports newlyweds to the honeymoon suite or airport after the reception.
  • Organize the return of any rented wedding attire for all men in the wedding.

Groomsmen and Ushers

  • Purchase or rent wedding attire chosen by bride and groom.
  • Assist in planning and financing the bachelor party.
  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive dressed at least 1 hour before the wedding.
  • Make sure that the Groom is calm and has something to eat.
  • Fold and distribute wedding programs. 
  • Ensure that all family members have corsages/boutonnières before being seated.
  • Seat guests as follows:
    • Single females are escorted on the right.
    • Escort the female of a couple on the right with her date walking behind.
    • Leave first few rows unseated to accommodate family members.
    • Seat the mother of the groom.
    • Seat the mother of the bride.
    • Roll out the aisle runner.
  • Light candles as needed.
  • Escort bridesmaids during the recessional.
  • Check for any items left by guests at the ceremony site.
  • Collect ceremony decorative items such as aisle runner, aisle decor, baskets.
  • Dance when music starts and ask other guests to dance.
  • Decorate the newlyweds car.
  • Help carry gifts to the assigned car towards the end of the reception
  • Assist the Bride’s family in any cleanup after the reception
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