Look at you dressed in a sharp suit/elegant tux. The role is “Best Man”. You will be navigating some tricky situations, thinking on your feet and protecting your assignment: the groom. So keep calm and not mildly intoxicated and you should come out of this in stellar shape.
Responsible is your code word and all involved – groom, bride, their parents – will see that you are the best choice. You will be punctual, tactful and always presentable in appearance. Your ability to listen to the groom and act as an intermediary is crucial.
Some of your duties include:
• Bachelor partying preparation
• Prompt delivery of groom to ceremony in good condition
• Official witness
• Help execute proficient photo ops
• Evacuate guests to reception checkpoint
• Deliver reception speech with a cool head
Rehearsal and Dinner
The official wedding schedule should be finalized by or before the rehearsal dinner. Your job is to know all the fine details/times and to pass it along to the ushers/groomsmen, ensuring they know their individual duties (where to stand to greet and seat guest, where to pass out programs, keeping the front pews vacant for the VIPs, assisting in parking navigation and helping rally the troops for photo ops). Familiarize yourself with the venue, the layout of the parking lot, photographers/videographers line of site, nearest restrooms, where you and the groom will be standing, etc. Confidently introduce yourself to the minister. You should become familiar with ring bearers/flower girls names and their parents in case a disruptive tantrum needs to be neutralized quickly. At the dinner you will stay sharp and make sure the groom does the same.
Wake the groom in plenty of time to acclimate to the day ahead (secure three alarm clocks for this important task). Calm his nerves by assuring him of all the positives that go with this decision. You will help him dress making sure he looks as exceptional as you do. Verify location of the ring! Remember phone/chargers, and wallet with a lot of tip money. Arrival time is three hours pre-event so allow for traffic and car mishaps. Pass out boutonnières.
You will greet guests in the reception line in a charming fashion. Your speech is set and ready.
You will also introduce the father of the bride as the speeches commence. Further duties will include starting the dancing after the newlyweds first dance, packing the car for the honeymoon, transporting any presents to the correct location and returning all rented clothing including the grooms.