The Best Man: Beyond The Speech

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Besides presenting your awesome speech, you may be in charge of various other elements of the wedding. Your part in the ceremony is very important, so always be ready to help out just in case it's needed.

Make sure you get to the wedding location at least an hour beforehand if you are charged with driving the Groom there. You want to avoid last minute panic and careless mistakes at all costs, and having the Groom there early eliminates much of this possibility. Don't forget the endless ridicule he would get from his new wife for being late to his own wedding. She'd be able to hold that over his head for the rest of his life, so don't let that happen!

Keep the wedding rings and the marriage license in a safe spot if you are responsible for holding them. Pack up the car with their passports, luggage, tickets, or whatever else they need if they are leaving for the honeymoon right after the wedding. Before the actual ceremony, make sure you do a quick once-over for the Groom. Straighten his tie, button any missed buttons, and send him out looking his best. This is his big day after all, and you want to make sure he's looking good.

Be ready to lend a hand if something goes a little awry during the wedding. Big problems are usually sorted out during the rehearsal, and so you generally won't have to deal with those, but be ready in case the flower girl gets nervous and stops or if the Groom's collar is popped up. You probably won't experience a "Runaway Bride" kind of deal, but keep an eye out so you can lend a hand wherever it's needed.

After the wedding ceremony, your job as a Best Man becomes unclear. You may be appointed as the Master of Ceremonies for the reception, or you may be charged with driving the Bride and Groom.

Once again, maintain a continuous flow of communication with the Bride and Groom to be completely clear in what your responsibilities are. At the reception is where you will present your speech. If you are in charge of introducing the other speakers, make sure you can pronounce their names correctly.

You definitely don't want to botch the name of the Bride's father. When it is your time to speak, take a few seconds to compose yourself and just do it. You are ready: you've written an awesome, heart-felt speech, you've practiced it, and you are prepared. After your speech, the Bride and the Groom will have their first dance. You join in sometime after them, make sure you know when, and it is generally with the Maid of Honor. You probably don't need to practice this, but just be aware.

You hold a very important position in the wedding, and you don't want to become the subject of a surprise, especially at the expense of a poor best man speech. So make sure you know exactly what you should be doing at all times, and be sure to be fully prepared for your best man speeches.

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