What to Expect When You're the Best Man: A Guide to Best Man Duties

What to Expect When You're the Best Man: A Guide to Best Man Duties

Are you the best man for a wedding? Congratulations! Being the best man is a big responsibility, but it can also be a lot of fun. This guide will help you understand your main duties and make sure you have everything covered in preparation for the big day. Let's get started!

Helping to plan the bachelor party

The best man has a key role in helping to plan the bachelor party. This includes helping to choose the activities, setting up logistics, and making sure that everyone has a good time. At the same time, you need to be aware of the groom's wishes and make sure that the bachelor party is something he is comfortable with. The last thing you want is for him to regret his decision to have a wild night out!

Make sure the groom is ready for the wedding day

As the best man, you will also be responsible for making sure the groom is ready for the wedding day. This includes helping him to get dressed, problem-solving last-minute hiccups, and making sure he is on time. You may also need to give him a pep talk if he is feeling nervous. During the ceremony, you will also be responsible for holding onto the rings until it’s time for them to be exchanged. Whatever you do, don't forget the rings!

Delivering a speech at the reception

Best man speeches are one of the most important duties of the best man. This speech is typically given at the rehearsal dinner or at the reception. It is an opportunity to thank the bride and groom for their friendship, express your best wishes for their future together, and share some funny stories about the groom. When it comes to writing your speech, don't wait until the last minute! Start brainstorming ideas as soon as you are asked to be the best man to limit the need to improvise and end up as a wedding fail. If speechwriting is something that fills you with dread, and the thought of writing one of the best wedding speeches ever is overwhelming, why not outsource the job to a speech writer online? Check out the video below for a great example of how to keep things funny and meaningful during a best man speech.


Being there for the newlyweds after the wedding

And finally, one of the most important duties of the best man is to be there for the newlyweds after the wedding. This means being available to help with any problems that may arise, offering your support and advice, and just being a general sounding board for whatever they may need. 

Congratulations on taking on this important role! Hopefully, this guide has been helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect as the best man. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed with all your best man duties, don't be afraid to delegate! At Monday & Co we have extensive speech-writing experience, so we will ensure your best man speech is the right balance of funny and heart-warming. Check out our wedding speech service or get in touch if you have any questions. Best of luck in your preparations!