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Groomsman Responsibilities Checklist – Groomsmen Duties

Chris Easter

Congratulations, you’ve been asked to be a groomsman. It’s a big honor – enjoy it! While every wedding is different, here are some of the most common groomsmen duties.

Pre Wedding

  • Offer to help the best man plan the bachelor party.
  • Attend any engagement parties or couple’sshowers thrown for the engaged couple.
  • Get fitted for and pick up your tux or suit one or two days before the wedding day.

The Rehearsal

  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to receive detailed instructions about your duties for the following day.
  • Receive instructions for photos that will be taken at the wedding. More importantly, the ones that you will be in.
  • Meet your fellow members of the wedding party if you haven’t already.

The Wedding Day

  • If all of the groomsmen are getting dressed at a central location, make sure to arrive there on time.
  • Smile for all of the photos.
  • Make sure that the groom is relaxed and has had something to eat.
  • If ushers aren’t being used, escort wedding guests to their seats as they arrive.
  • Either escort a bridesmaid down the aisle or walk out with the groom (depending on which method the couple has chosen).
  • Be introduced at the reception – and soak up the limelight!
  • Dance with your bridesmaid partner if a wedding party dance is on tap.
  • Help carry gifts to the car afterward.
  • Help the bride’s family clean up after the reception is over.


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