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Monday 26th October 2020  GMT

How to Pick Your Best Man for Your Wedding – Advice for Grooms 

So you have piped the question, asked her to marry you and she said "yes" without hesitation. You know the girl you want to spend the rest of your life with, but first there is small hurdle to go through – it's called planning the wedding.

The sometimes tough decision is to who to pick for your best man. This chap will be most involved in your wedding and carry the brunt of the responsibility of the groomsmen. Your best man will most likely throw your all important bachelor party, he'll look after your wedding rings on the big day, he'll convey your wishes to the ushers, he gives a toast and give a speech at the wedding reception, and pretty much stands by your side and keeps you from going barmy throughout the whole planning process and on the big day.

Therefore your best man should be someone responsible and reliable. Don't pick one of your underachiever buds for this job otherwise you could be left red faced. You need someone that won't let you down.

Generally a high school, college friend or roommate that has been part of your life on an almost daily level is a good choice as you will have some idea of their character and mannerism. If you are fortunate enough to have a long-term friend, then your choice is a no-brainer however do stop and think, ask yourself ‘are they the best choice’. If yes then your best friend is the obvious choice.

If you have a brother, he is also a good candidate for consideration as the best man. As the years role on your best friend could drift away after college, but your brother will always be your brother.

If you have more than one brother you can promote the other's to other important roles in the wedding such as ushers though diplomacy is the name of the game here and it may be best to choose your best friend. . But if one brother was the closest in age to you, got along with you the best, and spent the most time with you over all your other brothers, then there is nothing wrong with picking him as a best man.

While rare sometimes a groom will pick his father to be his best man. This is very touching and tells the world that you and your dad are really best friends and understand each other. It's an unexpected twist and will mean a lot to your old man. Don't feel pressured to do this though just because it would be you being nice to your dad he also has an important role within the wedding.

Remember to make full use of your best man, he will be a source of inspiration, help calm your nerves and support you at this special time in your life.

Whatever you do, go with your gut feelings. It's your choice and anything goes these days. You pick your best man based on who you want to be by your side as you embark on your married life.

Wedding Trivia: RICE THROWING
Rice has been used as a symbol of fertility and as a wish for a "full pantry" in various parts of the world from ancient to modern times. In the past, rice was not the only thing thrown at the bride and groom as the left the wedding. Wheat, instead of rice, was thrown in France, figs and dates were thrown in Northern Africa, and a combination of coins, dried fruit, and candy was thrown in Italy. In some European countries eggs are thrown!Rice is not harmful to the birds that eat it, but an article in California professing this to be the case, has caused birdseed to replace rice at most weddings. Flower petals, confetti, baubles, and balloons are often used today instead of rice.

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