Duties on the Wedding Day

- Running through the day with the groom and checking that he has everything he needs (not forgetting the rings).

- Accompanying the groom to the wedding ceremony in good time (at least 45 minutes in advance) and staying with him in the lead-up to the service.

- Making himself known to the ceremony officiate.

- Casting an eye over the ceremony venue and checking that family and guests are being seated correctly.

- Looking out for a nod from the chief usher to say the bride has arrived.

- Handing over the wedding ring(s) at the critical moment.

- Joining the bridal party in the vestry/register, and then accompanying the chief bridesmaid down the aisle.

- Ensuring that the bride and groom are ready to have their photographs taken; getting them into the wedding car (or equivalent) that will take them to the reception.

- Checking that the bridesmaids, families of the bride and groom and ushers are shown to the correct cars for the journey to the reception.

- Having the money ready if any payments (for the church or band) are required on the day.

- Remaining calm and quietly sorting out any problems without the bride and groom knowing.

- Delivering his best man speech. The best man shouldn't drink too much until the speeches are over.

- Ensuring that the first night/honeymoon luggage, tickets and passports are in the correct get-away vehicle.

- Arranging, with the chief bridesmaid, for flowers and champagne to be put in the couple's wedding night room.

- Making sure that all guests leave the wedding reception safely and sorting out any last minute taxis if necessary.

See Wedding Day Timetable

See Supplier Quotations and Costs

See The Groom & Best Man's Wedding Morning

See Wedding Day Checklist

See The Wedding Ceremony

See Ceremony Highlights: The Recessional

See The Wedding Speeches

See The End of the Reception

See The Wedding Night

Debrett's wedding guide

Debrett's wedding guide

Debrett's Notebooks

Debrett's Notebooks

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