Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Groomsman Duties

If you or or your sweetie are standing up in your friend's wedding this spring, make sure you're prepared. Here's a checklist of all the groomsman duties leading up to the big day:
  • Attend engagement parties (if appropriate). Don't forget a small gift and a card, congratulating the couple. 
  • Attend the bachelor party. Bonus points if you help plan it. 
  • Attend any couples showers for the Bride and Groom. Again, make sure to bring a gift. 
  • Get fitted for a tux or suit. If the groom as picked out a particular brand, stick to it!
  • Pick up your tux or suit. Make sure it fits before the day of the wedding. At that point, it's too late. 
  • Write a toast. This is optional for groomsmen, mandatory for the Best Man. 
  • Attend the Rehearsal. Arrive on time to avoid stressing out the Bride. 
  • Confirm the schedule for the Wedding Day. You don't want to be late for photos or other important events. 
  • Attend the Rehearsal Dinner. If you have a date, this is a great time to introduce her to the other members of the wedding party and their dates. Be social! 
  • Arrive on time to the "getting dressed" location. 
  • Ensure that the Groom is calm, has something to eat, and maybe has a drink or two to calm his nerves. This is why he chose you to be there on his big day!
  • Smile for pictures. There will be lots of them. Just suck it up. 
  • Get to the church on time. And by on time, I mean early. 
  • If appropriate, help escort guests to their seats as they arrive. 
  • Walk down the aisle, stand by your friend, and enjoy the ceremony. This is big stuff. 
  • At the reception, you may have to be introduced as part of the wedding party. 
  • Eat, drink, and dance. Your job is to make the reception a smashing success, so have fun and help others have fun too. 
  • If appropriate, help carry gifts out to the car at the end of the night. Make sure your gift is in that pile. Being part of the wedding doesn't excuse you from gift-giving duties. 
  • Party late into the night with the Newlyweds and the wedding party. Your job is done!

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