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Important things to know about choosing the best man and groomsmen in your wedding party...

An airplane full of passengers needs more than just a pilot to make for a safe and pleasant flight to any destination. That pilot needs a co-pilot, and those pilots need a crew.   A wedding is no different; you are finally the pilot and so it's your task to choose your co-pilot (best man) and crew (groomsmen) carefully if this trip to the altar is going to be a successful one. GroomGroove.com is here to help.

Two by Two: Groomsmen for the bridesmaids

Just as the groom is an "extra" when paired with his bride, the groom needs to find two to four men to act as "extras" to be paired with the maid of honor and bridesmaids. You'll need to tap one guy to act as your best man, and he'll be paired with your bride-to-be's maid of honor. The other men are paired with bridesmaids. You need to think long and hard about the candidates amongst your friends and family to find just the right gents to go with her ladies. Your wedding and your bride's memories aside, the matchmaking often leads to other weddings for you to attend down the road! As a groom, you'll want to put some effort into knowing who to pick, and who to leave in the seats.

The Best Man for the Job
This is the big one. It's also typically the easiest choice to make. Take a short trip down memory lane, and it becomes obvious. It could be the younger brother you used to beat up (and, though you would never admit to it, is a much better basketball player than you.) It could be your college roommate (and former wingman). It could be your best friend from high school. The choice is very personal, but probably obvious to you. You can only pick one best man.

That being said, you need to pick someone whom you can trust through and through, because this guy will have to do a whole lot more than just planning your bachelor party. In fact, the lead-up to the Big Day will present many tasks for this person.

The best man will:

  • plan your bachelor party, but also keep you in line
  • lead the groomsmen and make sure they arrive on time
  • hold the wedding rings for the groom on the day of the ceremony
  • make sure you get to the ceremony on time
  • assist you through the wedding day jitters you are going to have (trust us, they're not just a myth)
  • act as legal witness to your wedding
  • make a wedding toast (at minimum) or speech (better yet)
  • take care of the turbulence at 30,000 ft. (like your drunken Uncle Larry) so that you (and your bride) don't even notice
You and your "Best" will be in constant contact, and since he has some serious responsibilities, it might be helpful (though not critical) for you both to be in the same city.article continues...
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Wed, Aug.11th 2010
Hi my fiance has a bit of a dilema - he really doesnt have anyone as his best man. He doesnt actually have many male friends outside of work, at least none that he wants for such a role. He hasnt kept in touch with aany of his mates from school (didnt even get invited to his former best friends wedding as the 'friend' moved out of the area) he only really has MY BROTHER to choose - would that just be weird though???
Thu, Dec.10th 2009
So I was the best man for my older brother, but i'm really unsure he can handle certain duties - specifically the bachelor party since he's now recovering from alcohol issues, and cannot be around for a night of drinking. I'm getting a little pressure to select him...any suggestions?
Wed, Aug.26th 2009
I don't have a brother. My closest male cousins in age live 2 hours away and are 4 years away in age. I really don't have a "best" friend. Advice?
Wed, Jul.29th 2009
i have the same problem Rob has... all my other choices would end up drunk covered in majic marker...
Mon, Jul.27th 2009
Rob - If you can't think of anyone else at all who you are really close with, it is perfectly acceptable to have someone from her side in your wedding party (or vice versa - you can have a sister in her wedding party). Does she have a brother who she is close with? Siblings are almost always good bridal party participants because they know the bride/groom very well and can help relieve stress if they get along well enough. Also, they can be in charge of managing difficult family situations if the best man is not related to either party.
Thu, Jun.25th 2009
I have picked a best man and one groomsmen, I need one more but cant think who. Im not real close to anyone, I keep kinda busy with work and things. So I dont really get out much anymore, and I havent spoke to anyone from high school for 7 years. How do I decide who to pick?
Wed, Apr.11th 2007
Hahahaha....I saw the picture on the second page. Indeed, it is good to be a groomsman!
Fri, Mar.23rd 2007
You guys pretty much covered it all.

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