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A Guide To The Best Man’s Duties


Being chosen as someone’s best man is one of the ultimate forms of flattery – you are seen as a genuine, supportive and trustworthy friend. Not only is the best man a source of advice and emotional support for the groom, but he should be available to offer practical help both before and during the wedding.

Wedding of Ann and Dee. Photo: Lover of Mine
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Wedding of Chloe and Dylan. Mihaja Photography
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Wedding of Jen and Tim. Kelly Adams Photography


Before The Wedding

  • Be available to assist the groom when required.
  • Attend any suit fittings alongside the groom and 
other groomsmen.
  • Organise the buck’s party, and ensure the groom gets through the night!
  • Attend the rehearsal and introduce yourself to any members of the bridal party or family you don’t know
  • Prepare a speech for the reception after discussions with the bride and groom

On The Day

  • Make sure the groom is calm, relaxed and that he arrives on time for the ceremony.
  • Take the rings to the ceremony (in an inner pocket) and hand them over to the celebrant when required.
  • Take a spare copy of the groom’s speech, your speech and a list of important phone numbers.
  • Witness the signing of the marriage certificate.
  • Assist the guests, especially elderly 
relatives, during the wedding photography.
  • Deliver your speech at the reception.
  • Assist with loading wedding gifts into the parents’ cars.

After The Wedding

  • Return any hired suits for you, the groom and the groomsmen.

Looking for more advice on your bridal party? Check out our related articles on the series Your Pre-Wedding Guide to the Bridal Party 

The Bride

The Groom

The Maid of Honour

The Father of the Bride 

The Mother of the Bride

The Groom’s Parents

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