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The best man is a person who acts as the chief assistant to the groom in a wedding. Generally the groom chooses one of his closest friends or his brother to support him as his best man. In the absence of a friend or a brother anybody like a cousin or a colleague or even the father of the groom or brother of the bride could play the role of the best man. In short, a best man could be anybody the groom trusts as somebody he can depend upon.

Here are a few duties and responsibilities that are generally related to the best man -

  • Help the groom on the wedding day
  • Lead the groomsmen and the ushers
  • Keep the wedding rings safe and ready for the wedding ceremony
  • Stand by the side of the groom during the wedding ceremony
  • Signs the marriage certificate as one of the legal witness to the marriage
  • Toast the wedding couple at the wedding reception party

The Origin of The Best Man

There are quite a few opinions regarding the inception of the Best Man. One school of thought believes that during the crazy times of the 'Wild West', a best man used to be the best buddy or the most dependable associate of the groom. The best man was bestowed with the duty of safeguarding the bride-to-be while keeping her secure right from the time of engagement up to the point she arrives to the church for the wedding ceremony. As you can imagine at those times they don't take more than a week or so to complete all the functions.

However, a lot of other experts claim that during the earlier days in some parts of Europe (especially in Scotland, England etc.) when a woman becomes old enough to get married was literally kidnapped by the groom and often force her to enter in to a marital relationship. It is also said that he would take one of his closest companions, the one he would consider to be the 'best man' for the purpose, with him to help him in the act. This school of thought dates back as early as the 16th Century, when the best man used to be a significant part of the entire event. It is believed that in those days young males would pick their brides from their own community or village to get married. But often there were too few young women of the appropriate age whom they could marry. So, the obvious remedy would be to assemble a small grouping of young people and plan to kidnap young women even from neighboring as well as faraway villages. Some experts think that the guy who helped the groom most in the kidnapping and thus eventually helping him to find his wife was called the Best Man. The so called best man was later on entrusted with the important duty of safeguarding and protect the bride-to-be (and also the groom) mainly from the brides family who would of course want to rescue her. Often the best man might also need to negotiate and try to make a deal with the bride's family, in order to persuade them to give their approval for the wedding.

Now, guess what ... the best man's job is not yet over. Often other young males from neighboring localities who were also in search of a eligible brides would try to snatch her away and here again it's the duty of the best man to resist any such attempt, protect the bride and save the day for the groom. All through the wedding ceremony, one would find the best man standing by the side of the bridegroom and his grip on the hilt of his sword guarding the couple from any possible danger.

When The Best Man Happens To Be A Woman

When The Best Man Happens To Be A Woman

Occasionally you might have the opportunity to attend a wedding where the best man is a female. And if you happen to be one such "best woman" and also need to give a speech, don't worry - your speech needn't be any different from that of a male. Read this post to get some tips and hints for making a stunning speech.
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Wedding Tuxedos for The Groom and The Groomsmen – A Guide

Wedding Tuxedos for The Groom and The Groomsmen – A Guide

Traditionally the male members of the wedding party would wear a tuxedo. Be it the groom or the groomsmen and not to forget the best man- everybody wants to look at their stunning best in fitting tuxedos that are either trendy or customized according to the theme of the wedding. Here are some tips on choosing the best tux.
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It’s The Best Man’s Duty To Organize The Bachelor Party

It’s The Best Man’s Duty To Organize The Bachelor Party

Organizing a fun-filled bachelor party, or stag party, is one of the major responsibilities of the best man. The other groomsmen and common friends would generally help him with all the arrangements. As the best man, you must plan the details of the party well in advance and consult the groom whenever necessary.
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Best Man Toasts And Why They Could Make The Difference

Best Man Toasts And Why They Could Make The Difference

According to the tradition, the best man toasts the wedding couple during the reception along with several other family members and friends of the couple. Some best men would do just the toasting but most others prefer to say a few words about the bride and groom before they propose the toast.
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The Etiquette A Best Man Should Follow In The Wedding Reception

The Etiquette A Best Man Should Follow In The Wedding Reception

As the best man you would obviously want to be perfect in each and every task you are supposed to do. Having a thorough knowledge of the etiquette related to the best man, you would be far more confident in carrying out all your duties and responsibilities as the best man perfectly.
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The Age Old Tradition of Having A Best Man And A Maid of Honor At A Wedding

The Age Old Tradition of Having A Best Man And A Maid of Honor At A Wedding

Did you know that if you were born a couple of centuries ago you might have to play a completely different role as the best man. In this article you are going to read and learn about the origin of the best man and the maid of honor and the history related to it.
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The Duties and Responsibilities of A Best Man At A Wedding

The Duties and Responsibilities of A Best Man At A Wedding

The role of the best man, as the head of the groomsmen and the ushers, is important. The groom expects him to support him at every stage not only during the wedding but also immediately before and after it. so, you could imagine the importance of understanding the duties of the best man in details.
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This page is about best man and not just on the speech he requires to give, for more details on best man speeches and toasts you may browse the other sections of this site.