Groom's to-do list
For the Groom:
[ ] Purchase an engagement ring
[ ] Meet with the officiant and discuss the ceremony, legal requirements, etc.
[ ] Invite reliable family members or friends to be the best man, groomsmen, and ushers in the wedding
[ ] Prepare a guest list with your family
[ ] Visit the formalwear/tuxedo specialist to select the wedding attire
[ ] Choose gift for the bride, the best man, groomsmen, and the ushers
[ ] Discuss and plan the honeymoon (This can be done with the bride or as a surprise)
[ ] Arrange return of your formalwear (Best Man Please!)
[ ] Apply for the Marriage License. Check State and local requirements about your timeframe.
This should be obtained several weeks before the wedding and given to the best man the day
of the wedding, along with the clergyman's fee.
[ ] Check to be sure that all necessary papers, birth certificates, passports, etc, are complete
and available upon request.
[ ] Be on time!
Your Best Man:
[ ] Take charge of the Ushers, briefing them on special seating arrangements during the rehearsal
so that they are prepared
[ ] Keep the wedding ring and bring it the day of the ceremony, or be sure the ring bearer properly
carries out his responsibilities
[ ] Have the Marriage License and Clergyman's fee on hand
[ ] Help the Groom get ready for the wedding
[ ] Escort the Groom to the wedding ceremony -check ahead for your expected arrival time
[ ] Be at the wedding site ... typically one hour before the ceremony
[ ] Check to see if programs are being distributed
[ ] Ask guests whether they are friends of the Bride or Groom and seat them accordingly-
respect seating arrangements for special guests
[ ] Make sure the guest book and pen are in proper place
[ ] Five minutes before the ceremony, have the Groom's parents seated. Have the Bride's mother seated
in the front pew just before the ceremony (Check with Groom on who will seat them). Then the aisle
runner is rolled out.