The Best Man is often the groom’s brother, cousin, best friend – a confidant or someone he has been close to for a better part of his life.
Duties of the Best Man (If from out of town, then all the duties may not be possible)
Assist the groom with wedding-related shopping such as his tux, wedding ring, etc.
Coordinate with the groomsmen regarding the tux measurements, payments etc.
Host the bachelor party with the assistance of the groomsmen
Coordinate regarding the rehearsal venue, attend the rehearsal dinner
Assist the groom with any other activities as required
At the wedding…
Assist the groom with getting ready
Accompany/ drive the groom to the ceremony
Coordinate with the other groomsmen/ male attendants regarding the seating arrangements, when to enter, etc.
Hold the bride’s ring until the exchange of rings
Take care of the officiant in terms of ensuring he has the marriage license, giving him his fee, etc.
Make payments to other service providers, such as chauffeurs, if so requested by the groom
Signing the marriage license as witness
Escorting the Maid/ Matron of Honour and dancing with her
Stand in the receiving line
Make a toast to the bride and groom
Mingle with the guests, ensure they are comfortable
Take charge of the groom’s tux after the reception is over
Take care of bride and groom's luggage, transfer from car to hotel room and arrange to transport wedding gifts from reception to parent’s/groom’s home