Groomsmen play an important role in your wedding.
Choosing the right people to stand by you on your big day certainly comes with its own challenges.
That's why it's best you take your time to think about how many groomsmen you'd like to invite and most importantly — who you'd like to select.
Luckily, we've created an informative guide for you. Here's everything you should know about groomsmen and their role at your wedding:
How Many Groomsmen Should You Have?
There is no right or wrong. On average, 3 to 6 groomsmen is a typical number for a wedding, however, the number can also get to 12 and beyond. The number of groomsmen at a wedding is a decision that is ultimately up to the couple getting married. Some couples choose to have a large wedding party with many groomsmen and bridesmaids, while others prefer a smaller group. The number of groomsmen can depend on factors such as the size of the wedding, your relationship with your friends, and your personal preferences. Nevertheless, we recommend you have a minimum of at least 2 groomsmen at your wedding.
How to Choose Your Groomsmen
Choosing your groomsmen can be a challenging task, as you want to select individuals who will be able to support you on your big day. Here are some steps to consider when choosing your groomsmen:
1. Consider the Role
Groomsmen are responsible for a variety of tasks, which requires stress resistance. Some of these duties include helping plan the bachelor party, standing with the groom during the ceremony, and participating in any other pre-wedding activities. If you feel that you can rely on your friends to complete these tasks, then that's a great sign.
2. Choose Someone You Can Trust
Choose individuals you can trust and rely on. This could include friends, family members, or even co-workers. Your wedding is your big day, and you'll want to celebrate it with supportive people.
3. Consider the Dynamic of the Group
Think of the overall dynamic of your group. It's a good idea to choose a mix of people who will get along well and who will be able to work together to make your wedding a success. This way, everyone can enjoy the experience. After all, you wouldn't want any conflicts to kill the mood.
4. State Your Expectations
Communicate with your groomsmen about their responsibilities and your expectations. This can include discussing the bachelor party, the wedding attire, and any other duties they'll be expected to perform. By being clear about what is expected of them, you can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that your groomsmen are prepared for their role in the wedding. Your groomsmen are an integral part of your wedding and will help make it a success.
What Are the Tasks of a Groomsman?
Not only should groomsmen act as emotional support for the groom, but they are there to ensure the wedding runs smoothly. Here are the tasks your groomsmen will be in charge of:
- Attending pre-wedding events, such as the bachelor party and rehearsal dinner
- Standing with the groom during the wedding ceremony
- Helping the groom get dressed and prepare for the ceremony
- Participating in any wedding traditions or activities, such as the bouquet toss or garter removal
- Giving a speech or toast at the reception
- Helping the groom and other members of the wedding party to coordinate and plan for the big day
What Should Your Groomsmen Wear?
The attire for groomsmen should be coordinated with the overall look and feel of the wedding. Usually, the groomsmen wear the same suit or tuxedo as the groom, however, there are usually minor differences to distinguish them from the groom. If you're the groom or bride, you and your partner get to decide on the details of the groomsmen's attire. Some of these things include the color of the suit and tuxedo, the type of shirt and tie, and any other accessories, such as cufflinks.
It's important to note, the groomsmen should also feel comfortable in their attire. They will be standing and (hopefully) dancing for long periods, so they should choose suits or tuxedos that fit well. Groomsmen should also be sure to have their attire fitted and tailored, if necessary, to ensure that they look their best on the big day.
Are you having trouble finding the right attire for your groomsmen? At Hockerty you can design and personalize your very own suit, and the best thing? We tailor everything according to your measurements. Experiment with our 3D designer and design your own custom suit or tuxedo. Share your designs online with your groomsmen and let them give you their opinion.
Of course, you will want to thank your groomsmen for their hard work and dedication. The best way to do this is by giving them a gift that they will cherish. You can present the gifts at the time of your choosing. This could be during the bachelor party or at the wedding. Here are a few of our groomsmen's gift ideas:
- Personalized items, such as personalized sneakers, or monogrammed flasks
- Practical gifts, such as gift cards or liquor
- Experiences, such as tickets to a sports game or a day at the spa
- Sentimental items, such as photo albums or keepsakes
The type of gift you choose for your groomsmen will depend on your budget and the preferences of the individual groomsmen. Consider the overall theme or style of the wedding when choosing groomsmen gifts. By giving thoughtful and meaningful gifts, you're showing your appreciation for your dear groomsmen and thanking them for their support on your big day.
Can You Choose a Groomswoman?
In tradition, men are groomsmen and women are bridesmaids. However, we do live in a modern world, so it never hurts to add a modern twist to your wedding, especially if the groom has some female best friends. Moreover, you can dress your groomswomen in a gorgeous tuxedo or suit. Depending on what you and your groomswoman prefer, you can choose between a more masculine or feminine suit.
Check out our sister brand, Sumissura, and discover our wide variety of glamorous feminine suits.
Do the Groomsmen Have to Give a Speech?
This is usually the job of the best man and is not a requirement for the groomsmen. Of course, if your groomsmen would be open to the opportunity, then they are welcome to do so.
If you do want your groomsmen to give a speech or toast, it's important to plan ahead and coordinate with the other members of the wedding party. This can help ensure that the speeches are well-received and that they fit within the overall flow of the reception. It's also a good idea to practice the speech beforehand to make sure it flows smoothly.
How Do the Groomsmen Walk Down the Aisle?
The order in which the wedding party members walk down the aisle is decided by you and your partner. You may choose to have all of the groomsmen walk down the aisle together, or perhaps you prefer the groomsmen to walk in pairs or individually.
In most cases, the groomsmen will walk down the aisle before the bride and her bridesmaids, following behind the best man. This allows the groomsmen to take their places at the front of the ceremony space, standing with the groom as he awaits the arrival of the bride.
Once the groomsmen have reached the front of the ceremony space, they will typically stand with the groom, facing the guests. You can ask them to participate in certain parts of the ceremony, such as holding wedding rings or lighting candles. The groomsmen should be prepared to stand with the groom throughout the ceremony and offer as much support as needed.
Remember, It's important for the groomsmen to be prepared and to follow the instructions of the couple and the wedding officiant to ensure that the ceremony runs smoothly.
The groomsmen play a crucial role in any wedding, and choosing the right individuals to stand by your side can help make your big day even more special. By considering the role of the groomsmen, selecting the right people, and communicating with them about their responsibilities, we can ensure you your wedding will be a success