1. Order tuxedos and suits for groomsmen and yourself, making sure to get all necessary measurements:
Make sure to order the tuxedos and suits at least two weeks before the wedding day so that they arrive on time. Measurements required are chest size, waist size, inseam length, outseam length, sleeve length, neck size, and shoe size.
2. Plan the rehearsal dinner, sending invitations and arranging catering as needed:
The best man should work with the bride and groom to determine the details of the rehearsal dinner such as date, time, location, menu selection, etc. Invitations can then be sent out at least two weeks in advance so that everyone has plenty of notice. The best man should also coordinate with caterers to ensure that all food is delivered on time and is appropriately prepared for the event.
3. Help coordinate transportation for the bridal party on the wedding day:
Organizing transportation for the bridal party is a major task for any best man - this includes making sure that everyone has a ride to and from the ceremony and reception. The best man should work with the bride and groom to determine what type of transportation is needed (such as limousines, party buses, etc.) and make sure that reservations are made in advance.
4. Oversee setup and execution of the ceremony:
The best man should be on hand for the rehearsal to check for any issues or mistakes in the setup and ensure that everything is running smoothly according to plan. He should be aware of where each bridal party member will stand during the ceremony so that they can move into their positions when necessary. Additionally, he should also be prepared to help keep things moving if there are any delays or interruptions.
5. Make sure the photographer, DJ, and other vendors have all the necessary information:
The best man should be aware of the contact information for each vendor so that he can help coordinate any last-minute changes or details. He should also be in communication with these vendors prior to the wedding in order to ensure that everything is running smoothly on the big day.
6. Assist in packing up gifts after reception:
Once all of the festivities are complete, it’s time to pack up all of the gifts! The best man should help round up any unopened presents and make sure they get transported safely back to the couple’s home.
7. Make final payments to all vendors:
Before the wedding, the bride and groom should set up a budget and make sure that the best man is aware of it. On the day of, he should help keep track of expenses and make sure that all vendors are paid in full before the end of the night.
8. Write speeches (if desired):
If the bride and groom have requested that you write a speech for either the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, it’s important to start drafting ahead of time so that you can deliver something meaningful on their special day!
9. Host bachelor party or other events leading up to the wedding day:
Depending on how close friends you are with the groom, you may be asked to host his bachelor party or other pre-wedding activities such as dress fittings, cake tastings, etc. It’s important to coordinate with the bride and groom (and their wedding party) on any plans you make so that everyone is in agreement. Additionally, remember to take into account the couple’s budget when planning these events!
10. Collect gifts from guests after reception and help transport them home:
At the end of the night, it’s important to collect any gifts that have been given during the course of the reception and transport them safely back to the couple’s home. The best man should help out with this task to make sure everything runs smoothly!
11. Keep track of timelines and duties to ensure everything is completed on time:
The best man should be the “master of ceremonies” - he should keep a detailed timeline of all tasks and duties that need to be completed before, during, and after the wedding. He should also check in with the bride, groom, and other members of the bridal party regularly to make sure that everyone is on track for their appointed tasks.
12. Travel with the wedding party as needed for various events or pre-wedding activities, such as dress fittings, cake tastings, etc:
If the couple needs help organizing any pre-wedding activities, the best man should be willing to step in and provide assistance as needed. This could include traveling with the wedding party to various events or fittings, coordinating transportation for guests, and more.