Groomsman Duties

The groomsman is someone who is important to the groom and whom the groom wants to be a visible part of his wedding. A groomsman can be a close friend, brother, cousin, a relative of the bride or even the groom’s father. There is a considerable expense involved in being a groomsman, including the cost of formalwear, travel and hotel room (if you live out of town), the bachelor party, as well as gifts. A groomsman should have these expenses in mind when he accepts this honor from the groom. Even though the groomsman plays a smaller role than the best man, he also has important duties to fulfill.

Before the Wedding:

  • Help to advise the groom, keep him organized and aid with any wedding planning.
  • Assists in picking out formalwear, attend any fittings, and pay for formalwear
  • Help plan and pay for the bachelor party
  • Attend any pre-wedding parties (engagement party, co-ed showers, etc.)
  • Attend wedding rehearsal and dinner

The Wedding Day:

  • Help the groom relax and get dressed
  • Seat guests in reserved or special sections as instructed in the rehearsal.
  • The head groomsman is responsible for escorting the mother of the bride to her seat, unless one of her relatives is among the ushers.
  • Instruct guests where to place wedding gifts brought to the ceremony
  • Wait with the groom at the alter
  • Escort the bridesmaids after the recessional
  • Stand in the receiving line
  • Dance with the bridesmaids during the bridal party dance.
  • Help the best man decorate the bride and groom’s going away vehicle
  • Help carry away gifts and personal items after the wedding

Just like the best man, your most important job will be to provide moral support and be a good listener. Keep in mind that planning a wedding is very stressful and you want to keep the groom calm and in a positive mood. It is a job to be taken seriously and will require a lot of work on your part.

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