Being the best man isn’t just about having a good time and planning parties. It’s about standing by your friend’s side and supporting him throughout the whole wedding process starting from Day One to the day he says “I do.” If you’ve been declared the best man, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind so you can be the best possible best man.

Participate in wedding planning

It may be the case that the bride will have more say in wedding-related decisions, however, there’s no doubt that the groom will have to take on some of the duties. When the groom has to scope out a venue, find the best suit, or taste sample cakes, the best man should be there to support him every step of the way. Even if you aren’t needed, offer your help or tag along for moral support; you never know when he’ll need a second opinion.

Prepare your wedding day look

Check and see what hairstyle and beard you should be sporting for the ceremony. Are the groomsmen expected to be clean shaven or are beards down to the chest appropriate? Regardless of style, make sure to address any serious cosmetic or grooming troubles, like male pattern baldness or severe acne, long before the wedding day. That way, you’ll feel 100 percent confident in your look and you’ll fit right in with the rest of the groomsmen.

Write a creative speech

Writing and giving a best man speech can be both stressful and meaningful at the same time. If you’re one of the many people who aren’t at their best when speaking publicly, try some stress coping mechanisms or have a drink or two before the speech. Keep in mind there is no strict framework for what your toast should look like. A good balance between humor and sincerity, along with a short and sweet toast, will keep the guests entertained and the speech memorable.

Check in frequently on the wedding day

The groom is going to have a lot on his plate on the day of the wedding. Since the bride won’t be around to keep an eye on him, the best man is there to check in throughout the day. Ask the groom how he’s doing and if he needs anything. Also, make sure that he has everything that he’ll need for the day, from his wallet to the wedding rings. Whether he needs a stress relief, a second set of eyes and ears, or a person to calm him down, the best man can be there for the groom for whatever he needs.

Helping out in any way, big or small, will show the groom that you’re dedicated to making his wedding nothing but smooth and enjoyable. So, take in some of these helpful tips and master your role as best man and friend.

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