Being a groomsman is a great honor but at the same time, it comes with its responsibilities. Groomsmen ideally have several duties they are supposed to accomplish in order for a wedding to be successful. It’s always a good idea to have a groomsmen duties checklist. It is quite easy to forget certain tasks, and you don’t want to compromise any moment of the wedding.
So, what are a groomsmen’s responsibilities at a wedding? Let us go beyond the obvious duties that everyone knows and share a full checklist that includes lesser-known tasks that many people don’t think about.
Here are the main duties and responsibilities of groomsmen:
Pre-Wedding Groomsmen Duties
o Assist in Picking the Ring
A ring is a special item for any wedding. Luckily, your groomsman who, in most cases, is your friend can help you search for the ideal wedding ring. With a second opinion, you stand a better chance of making a good decision.
o Buy or Rent Appropriate Wedding Attire
Similar to bridesmaids, groomsmen are supposed to coordinate their wedding attire. Depending on the arrangement, groomsmen can either hire or purchase attire well in advance to allow the couple to focus on other issues.
o Arrange for a Bachelor Party
A bachelor party is one of the main events that take place prior to a wedding. Being a man's only affair, groomsmen can work together and lend a hand to make the event successful. In some cases, groomsmen organize funds and throw a surprise party.
o Attend the Engagement Party and Rehearsal Dinner
Groomsmen are responsible for attending all the major events before the big day arrives. Showing support for a couple by attending the engagement party is a great gesture. On the other hand, your groomsmen should be present at all rehearsal activities including rehearsal dinner in order to get important briefings and ensure that the wedding proceeds smoothly.
o Buy a Wedding Gift
When a couple is planning a wedding, gift buying is inevitable, especially for groomsmen and other members of the wedding party. For the best results, groomsmen should work together to get a gift that both couples can use.
o Assist in Travel and Hotel Accommodations
Even though couples have the responsibility of taking charge of booking, groomsmen can step in and assist with this. Especially in the case of destination weddings. Helping with this role ensures that the wedding guests get to the destination in good time.
Groomsmen Wedding Day Responsibilities
The actual wedding day has a lot of activities going on, it is the responsibility of groomsmen and other bridal party members to ensure that everything goes on as planned. Some of the duties of groomsmen on a wedding day include:
o Arriving at the Venue at the Designated Time
Groomsmen are expected to coordinate by themselves and ensure that they get to the wedding venue in good time.
o Keep the Groom Relaxed
The wedding day often comes with a lot of anxiety. So, it is the groomsmen’s task to ensure that the groom has woken up on time, has had their breakfast and is feeling relaxed and ready for the day's activities.
o Help Ushers Out
Ushers help to escort wedding guests and show them their seats. However, it can get hectic at times especially when many guests arrive at the same time. At this point, groomsmen can step in briefly and assist to makes sure that guest entry and flow is smooth.
o Smile and Be Happy
Wedding days are associated with numerous photos, your groomsmen should be ready to be in the limelight and smile at every photo that comes their way. A nice and happy wedding begins with a smiling and excited bridal party.
o Escort Bridesmaids Down the Aisle
As the bridal party begins to walk in, groomsmen escort bridesmaids down the aisle. He can also walk in with the groom depending on how the wedding has been arranged. Groomsmen also have the role of dancing with the bridesmaid during the wedding reception and party.
Post-Wedding Groomsmen Roles
After the wedding is complete, there are still some pending issues that require the attention of your groomsmen. Some of the duties that groomsmen can assist with after the party includes:
Help to carry gifts to the cars and organize for them to be transported to the couple's residence
Assist guests going to the airport by driving them out or showing them the vehicles to use
Return the groom's tuxedo to the renter in cases where the outfit was rented. Usually, most renters require this to be done within 48 hours after the wedding.
The above is a list of the tasks that groomsmen are expected to do or help out with during a wedding. It is important to carefully select your groomsmen. Having close friends who are cooperative and willing to go out of their way to help is a great advantage.