THE BEST MAN CHECKLIST
During the run up to the Wedding Day and right up
until the day before the best man would primarily be
ensuring that the bridegroom is on schedule in preparing
himself for the Wedding. Amongst various tasks he would
have to do:
Before the Big Day
Assist with the
organising of deliveries/pickups and other general
organisation matters. This could be materials or even
relatives and friends.
The Nightcruisers provide Wedding Guest Group Transport
Collect the hire
clothes the day before the wedding
Ensure that Transport
is available for yourself and the bridegroom and arrange
for the transportation of the happy couple after the
And, of course, help the
Bridegroom organise the Bucks Night (Or organise it
yourself with other mates).
Bucks Night or Day with Nightcruiser
Talk to the groom first
and find out what he wants to do. Don't forget to plan
Give yourself time.
Organising the party in one week will not work and cause
you un-needed stress.
Go over the list of
invitees with the groom.
Talk to all invitees
before the party about costs, the agenda, etc. Nobody
wants any surprises on the night of the bucks night.
Coordinate a designated
driver or hire a limousine/bus service.
This will be a very
busy time for the Best Man, as he tries to keep the
groom on schedule.
Get fully dressed
before the bridegroom so as you have time to help him.
Check and double check
Escort the groom to the
ceremony site. Give yourself plenty of time to get there
so the bridegroom can catch up with old friends and
relatives or if wedding photographs have been organised.
Offer to take the
cheque envelopes to pay the clergyman, musicians,
photographers and other service providers.
The ceremony - the best
man will need to :-
Escort the groom to his
position in the church or ceremony site. You might
notice your mate crying for the first time. Just make
sure his tie is straight and assures him there's still
time to get out of here if he says the word.
Hold the bride's ring
for the groom (if there is no ring bearer) until needed
by the officiant. Check for any holes in your pockets
first, and don't fumble the hand-over!
Sign the register as a
witness (if asked by the groom)
Organise the wedding
party on behalf of the photographer.
Pay any marriage fee's
(if not already done)
Ensure the newly-weds
have a smooth passage to the waiting car.
You might be called
upon to drive the newlyweds to the reception if there is
no hired driver.
Offer first toast at
the reception. This usually occurs before the dinner.
You also might offer to
MC a schedule of toasts and speeches. Do your homework
in advance so you know some background about the people
(e.g., if they are friend or family). Keep all intros
brief and to the point.
(Probably the most
worrying part of the day for the best man is the
speeches and its understandable, your best mates wedding
day in front of a big crowd of people. Well don't be
because the good thing about it all is that the audience
will be rooting for you, they really want to laugh, and
even if you don't think your material is that funny, you
can be assured that they will still laugh at the weakest
Reply to the toast of
"the bridesmaids" (Otherwise known as The Best Mans
Read out any telegrams,
faxes, emails, cards and messages.
Aid the couples
departure from the reception.
Ensure that the wedding
presents are transported safely to a destination chosen.
After the Big Day
Offer to drive the
newlyweds to the airport for their honeymoon if
Your last major task is
to return all formal wear to the shop. Make sure all
groomsmen and others give you their hired clothes good
condition and on time.