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Bridal Club Magazine

Big Boys In The Wedding Party – What Do They Do At The Wedding?

If you thought the groomsman's job was to turn up at the wedding in a tux, then you are terribly mistaken. As one of the grooms close friends or relatives, it is their job to support him throughout the wedding planning process. By using their best nerve-calming techniques and responsible level-headed charisma, they not only make sure the groom gets to the wedding on time, but it also impresses the heck out of any young single bridesmaids… not to mention the older ones as well.

Keep reading for a rundown of what is required from you in the special role of a groomsman.

Traditionally, like the bridesmaids, you'll have to pay for your wedding attire unless something else has been arranged. Tuxes however, can be rented for quite a bit less than what the bridesmaids' dresses will cost. Make sure to get them fitted at the specified store with time to spare, you don't want to walk the aisle with cuffs down to your knees.

You will need to attend all pre-wedding festivities (engagement party, couple shower, bachelor party, and rehearsal dinner if there is one). Perks: Free drinks and gifts.

Along with the best man, you will help plan the groom's bachelor party. Perks: Good food, drinks and other visual delights.

In deep secrecy, you will try your utmost with the best man and bridesmaids - to decorate the honeymoon getaway car in style.

Before the ceremony, you may be asked to usher guests to their seats. At traditional Christian ceremonies, guests of the bride's family sit on the left, and guests of the groom's family sit on the right. At Jewish ceremonies, it's the opposite. When a couple arrives, take the woman's arm and escort her to her seat; her escort will follow you. Always seat the oldest women first if several guests arrive together. You should arrive at the ceremony site at least 45 minutes early to review special seating requirements.

Be prepared to serve as information central, directing guests to restroom facilities and to the reception site.

Purchase a wedding present, perhaps with one of the other groomsmen. This provides more buying power, and two heads are better than one when it comes to gift ideas. Sometimes the entire groomsmen gang pitches in for one knock-them-off-their-feet wedding gift.

At the reception, you may be introduced with the bridesmaid you escorted during the recessional. You may also be asked to dance with bridesmaids or single female guests during the evening. Wow, could things get any worse?


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