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The Best Man Much emphasis is placed on the Maid of Honour, but interestingly enough the selection and role of the Best Man is most critical for the groom. The Best Man is not only one of the facilitators of the day's event as it relates to the groom, but he is best suited to deal with the contingencies of the day. Reception, and wedding transportation, obstacles, forgotten items, unexpected guests (such as angry ex-girlfriends) the best man should be a formidable character who is reliable and resourceful. Beginning with the bachelor party, till the moment the groom and his bride drive off to their honeymoon, the Best Man assists with the grooms every step and need. His mission falls into four main objectives: To see that the groom makes it successfully to the alter; to assist in any or unforeseen reception problems; to ensure that the groom maintains enough to not make a fool of himself; and finally, to see to that the groom and bride successfully make it on their way to their honeymoon.

Here are some guidelines to help the Best Man to be. Please remember, these are just some of the standard duties. You WILL be asked to help in other ways, you may be asked to simply offer moral support... He is after all your best bud. Make this day flow smoothly for him. You can punish him later and give him same responsibility when it's your turn down the aisle!

Arrange for a bachelor party; whether it is a dinner, a weekend, or a wild night out, you are responsible for arranging the plans as well as the guests. Help the groom with the formal wear arrangements. What size does everyone need, where can you pick it all. Keep the bride's ring until the ceremony. Ensure the groom's timely arrival at the ceremony. Offer to arrange payment for the officiate. Offer to arrange payment for the transportation company. Offer the first toast to the couple. Make it flattering to the bride, romantic, and witty! Offer to help in any other way. Calm anyone who seems stressed. Arrange the bride and groom's departure. Make sure it goes smoothly. Offer to return the groom's formal wear if necessary. Deliver a message to the brides parents from the newlyweds thanking them for the fantastic celebration.

The Best Man Checklist

Before the Wedding
  • Arrange for the bachelors dinner and, or party.
  • Select a gift for the groom
  • Act as a liaison for the groom’s friends and family
  • Confirm honeymoon travel arrangements.
  • Provide transportation for the groom to get to the ceremony and from the ceremony to the reception.
Before Leaving to the Wedding Ceremony
  • Help the groom dress and finish packing
  • Insure that the car is packed for the honeymoon.
  • Gas in the grooms car and or the honeymoon car
  • Wedding Ring
  • Travel Tickets, Passport, ID etc.
  • Reception Speech
  • Car Keys
  • Travellers Checks
  • Handkerchief
  • Any gifts or acknowledgements
  • Chequebook or credit card for any needed payments
Before Walking Down the Aisle and After the Ceremony
  • Ensure that the groom:
  • Uses the restroom
  • Shoes are tied
  • Pant's fly is up
  • Face and hair are in order
  • If vows are written, that they are on him
  • Nothing’s between his teeth
  • Fear and second thoughts are calmed and put to rest
  • Wedding ring is with the best man
  • Sign the Marriage license.
  • Pay the clergy fee.
During & After the Reception If required, explain to your best man that you would like him to arrive early and that he may have to stay even after the bride and groom departs. You may request that he be asked to pay the vendors on your behalf and to help ensure that the reception facility or restaurant is left in good order. Whatever arrangements you make, be sure that you review them with your Best Man at least a couple of days before the wedding date. Regardless, here is a checklist that will be helpful the Best Man to have.
  • Musicians or DJ set-up.
  • Speech to the groom and bride.
  • Offer the first toast.
  • Dance with the bride and her attendants.
  • Read telegrams or special mail for the bride and groom.
The Best Man’s Panic Kit for the Groom
  • Extra toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Reception Speech (your best man should prepare this alone)
The key is to find a Best Man who will help make your wedding day especially easy and trouble free, is a friend who is resourceful, energetic, and diplomatic. A friend with those skills can find solutions to problems without offending or creating new ones.

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