The roles and responsibilities of a Bestman and Usher
The important decision of choosing his right hand men is up to the groom, for the best man it tends to be a brother or very best friend and ushers close friends.
Ushers tend to be needed more for a church wedding however they defiantly have an important role for a larger civil ceremony.
The main duties for a best man:
- Arranging a suitable stag do
- Spending the night before with the groom, making sure he gets plenty of sleep and wakes up on time
- Helping the groom dress on the morning
- Standing next to the groom at the alter or ceremony table while he waits for his bride
- Keeping the rings safe
- Standing in the receiving line, if you are having one
- Mingling with guests making sure everyone is OK
- Giving a speech
- Organising suits to be stored safety or returned to hire shop
- Give a reading or be a witness, if required.
The main duties of an usher:
- Help seat guests, particularly elderly members of the family
- Organise seating left for the bride and right for the groom
- Reserve seating for immediate family and wedding party
- Mingle with guests before and after the ceremony
- Hand out order of services
- Organise transportation from ceremony to reception venue for guests
- Help the photographer gather guests for photos
- Keeping the dance floor going
A wedding is about teamwork, choose ushers that are chatty, friendly and who will mingle with guests making sure everyone is happy.
Your best man should be totally reliable, organised, a good time keeper, a confident public speaker and who you know will not let you down on your most important day.