As your best buddyís wedding day draws near, you may find yourself in need of some advice. Since the groom is probably going crazy trying to get everything taken care of in the last few weeks of the wedding, itís up to you to pull it all together and take care of his loose strings. Hereís a quick guide to help you out:Organizing the Bachelor Party
It usually falls to the Best Man to organize the groomís last night of ďfreedomĒ. A typical bachelor party can include dinner and cigars, a round of golf (see our engraved and embroidered Golf Gifts
) or tickets to a sporting event, a visit to a strip club, etc. Itís up to you to figure out what the groom is most likely to enjoy, but a few surprises can be good, too. Just make sure that the invitees are aware of whatís going on. Nobody likes to be surprised when it comes to costs or the schedule.
Speaking of invitees, be sure to go over the list with the groom and think about marking off those that arenít legal drinking age (check out our personalized Bar Items
for those that are) or are likely to give the bride a play-by-play of the nightís debauchery. If the groom plans to give out his wedding party gifts or groomsmen gifts
at the party, sounds funny, I know, but make sure the gifts make it to the event location! And donít try to plan the party in one week, especially if the outing requires reservations or an overnight stay.Tips for the Rehearsal Dinner
Since the rehearsal dinner is typically organized by the bride or the coupleís parents, you probably wonít have to do too much. Be a pal and make sure that the groomsmen show up on time and sober. Again, if the plan is to hand out the groomsmen gifts
at the dinner, remind the groom to bring them with him.His Big Day
When it comes to wedding attire, help your groom out by making sure that his groomsmen and ushers make it to their tuxedo fitting and to pick them up when they are ready. On the wedding day, help everyone find their cufflinks
and straighten their ties. You might want to bring a few extra pairs of dress socks to the site, for those members of the wedding party who tend to be a little wardrobe challenged. And while the newlyweds are enjoying their honeymoon, help them out by reminding everyone to return their tuxes.
Be sure to wear your watch
, because itís up to you to help your groom stay on schedule. Offer to drive the groom to the wedding site, and make sure everyone arrives with plenty of time left over to get dressed before pictures begin. Be available to witness the signing of the marriage license if needed, and to take the checks to the band, caterer, officiant, etc. If there is a ringbearer
get him in place, if there isn't... Donít forget the rings! Be prepared to drive the newlyweds to the reception or airport if there isnít a hired car and driver. Please, do this sober!
Make yourself look good by giving the first toast at the reception. It will probably be up to you to introduce other scheduled toast and speech makers. Remember, thereís nothing worse than a guy who rambles on and on while everyoneís wishing they were dancing! And keep the off-color jokes to yourself; the bachelor party is over.One last thing...
Overall, the best thing you can do for your buddy is to just make yourself available to help him out. One day, he may return the favor.