As best man, you should acquaint yourself with the roles of the other key members of the wedding party. Here are the top ten VIPs to keep in mind.

  1. Bride: Keep her happy and everyone else should remain happy too.

  2. Groom: if you don’t know who he is by now then you’ve got no hope. Just a reminder – he’s the nervous one by the altar.

  3. Mother of bride: This lady is the one who holds all the true power. What she says goes. Don’t get in her way and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

  4. Father of the bride: He’s paying for the lion’s share and isn’t necessarily happy about it. Bear in mind the poor bloke’s probably just blown his pension.

  5. Mother of the groom: She’s not happy about having to play second fiddle to the bride’s mother, so give her a bit of room to swing her handbag.

  6. Chief bridesmaid: She is your female counterpart. Get to know how she functions. By all means flirt sweetly with her, that’s all!

  7. Chief usher: Just as you are the groom’s right hand man, so the chief usher is your right hand man. Bond with him and together you’ll run a tight ship.

  8. Vicar / priest / rabbi / registrar: Whatever the colour of his cloth, he’s an important man. He may even be a woman. Don’t upset him, and converse politely with him afterwards.

  9. Photographer: He’s got a tough job trying to rally together the entire wedding party for the photos. Give the man a hand.

  10. Wedding organiser: This is perhaps the most stressful job of all. The success of the entire day depends on the wedding organiser’s skills and you’ll be very popular if you lend a hand.

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