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May 24, 201711:20 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

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Wediquette Wednesday: What are the best man’s duties?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My brother asked me to be his best man. I know I have to coordinate the bachelor party, but am not 100 percent sure on anything beyond that point. What are the best man’s duties?

Answer: What an honor. Especially when the groom is your brother. This is an opportunity for you not only to celebrate him, but also to lend a helping hand with the many items on his wedding to-do list in the coming months. Here’s a quick list of what the best man usually takes care of leading up the wedding festivities and on the Big Day:

  • Plan and coordinate the bachelor party
  • Assist with general requests from the groom or couple
  • Assist with coordination of groomsmen’s formalwear and pick up groom’s wedding attire
  • Organize toasts for the rehearsal party
  • Ensure that the groom gets to the ceremony on time
  • Keep the officiant’s fee or honorific and hand off to the groom after the ceremony
  • Bring and handle the bride’s ring
  • Serve as the groom’s witness when it’s time to sign the marriage license
  • Assist in coordinating the groomsmen for photos
  • Make the first toast during the reception
  • Prepare the getaway car
  • Return the groom’s formalwear


Most of all, just be there for your brother and enjoy this time together before he starts a new chapter of his life.


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Let Them Eat Cake

The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings


“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.




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