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
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
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?