Best Man Facts & Figures
The tradition of the ‘best man’ is thought to have originated from the 16th century with the Germanic Goths.
And back then, the best man had the job of stealing the bride from her community or her disapproving family to keep her safe. He was usually the best swordsman around and referred to as the ‘bride’s knights’ because they would help protect her before the nuptials.
Nowadays there’s way less pressure! The best man is usually your best mate, the one you will hopefully trust to organise your stag do as well as putting together a hugely embarrassing wedding speech. And if you are reading this, we bet you have been chosen to be the best man so congratulations. To make sure you stick with the status quo and you’re not shocked by the best man duties to come, here’s a few facts and figures to keep in mind.
Time Spent on the Role of Best Man
Organising the stag do! Definitely the part that all best men look forward to, you can spend a good chunk of time getting everyone together and planning the stag weekend antics.
Writing the best man speech. Obviously not all in one go but spread out the best man speech takes a long time to come together. This can be sped up by proper research and advice from our best man speech guide.
Assisting with the wedding. Whether it’s running errands, DIY decorations or emotional support for both the bride and groom – it’s all hands-on deck before the big day and you’re the main guy to call!
Suit shopping. Your opinion will be key for the grooms suit, plus you need to try on your suit and make sure everyone looks dapper before the big day. A lot of lads make a day of it and go out drinking to celebrate their suits!
How Much Does the Best Man Role Cost?
You might want to skip over this section, but just keep in mind that these are average costings & you’re doing all this for your best pal, right!
On the stag do! It’s all in good fun, and a measly £350 is worth it to make some memories with your mates. As long as you have enough notice, you can save up so you don’t feel a hole in your wallet during the last night of freedom.
On a wedding gift. If you know the couple really well (which is likely if you’re best man), it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a cracking present they’ll love.
On your attire. This can really vary depending on whether you already own a suit, you’re buying one or just hiring for the day. This also includes new shoes, shirt and a fancy tie to match the wedding theme.
On transport. Whether it’s to and from the wedding or transport to get around all the stag weekend plans, this often falls to the best man duties.
You Might Not be Alone in Your Fears!
When talking to a bunch of guys that have already been/have been asked to be best man, it’s clear that the same fears and expectations crop up. Put your mind at ease with the best man figures below:
A whopping 79% of men think the best man speech is the scariest part of having the honour of best man. Public speaking is a common fear in all walks of life.
Other common phobias include writing the best man speech (18.5%) and even dancing with the bridesmaid at 5.1%!
Top Tips for Future Best Men
As a stag do provider, we see a lot of stressed best men come and go throughout the year. They often have titbits and advice that would have been useful to know before planning and enjoying a stag weekend.
1. Get yourself a stag do checklist so you don’t miss anything important
2. Put yourself in your best pals shoes when writing the best man speech & planning the stag party
3. Know when to say no to avoid any unnecessary stress
4. Don’t drink!
5. Imagine everyone in the crowd in their underwear for the speech – old but gold advice
6. Just be yourself, there’s a reason you were given the role of best man
7. Your groom is main priority but take time to check on the bride too
8. Don’t use too many props for the speech
9. Cue cards are a saviour!
10. Get help for stag do planning from the other groomsmen, no need to take that burden alone
For more advice and ideas, we’ve got you covered! We can organise all your stag do ideas to take the load off your shoulders, with experiences throughout the UK and in Europe. Or, our best man guide is packed full of great ideas to perfect your duties and impress the groom – and more importantly the bride.