A real-life Best Man shares the learning curves he picked up helping his friend tie the knot...
#1 First of all: you're basically paying for the honour of being Best Man.
But it's worth it - not only are you helping your best mate get hitched in style but you're also
#2 You'll turn into the James Bond of event planning.
Yup, I'm talking about organising the stag! Once you've set up the Facebook group, decided on the location and any additional activities, you've got to chase the payment and passport details of everyone who's attending. There should be a word in the dictionary that sums up checking to see when the people who haven't yet paid their final deposit were last online...
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#3 Also, you'll unlock design skills you never knew you had.
Because every great stag do needs a just-as-great T-shirt. It's a rule!
#4 Talking of the stag do, you'll be in charge of keeping everyone on the straight and narrow.
Emotions might run high on the stag, especially if you're somewhere hot-hot-hot and the alcohol is flowing. Also, keep an eye on the groom's younger brother: they have a habit of trying to rope everyone into annoying drunken escapades at 4am.
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#5 Out of character flip-outs from the groom are to be expected.
Granted, you've never heard him have a meltdown about midnight blue-vs-cornflower trousers before but hey: there's a first for everything.
#6 Talk to the bride about the table plan in advance so you can tailor your speech accordingly.
It might sound boring but it can be useful: for example, if there are a lot of older relatives on the seating chart, you'll know to include more heartwarming, emotional stories. If the audience will be primarily younger, you can include anecdotes that are a bit more, er, risky.
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#7 On the wedding morning, put aftershave on your shoulders.
Yes, it sounds weird but think about it: you'll be having a lot of people congratulating you (hopefully!) on your speech and hugging you.
#8 Bring a bottle of water to the wedding ceremony
Nerves will almost certainly result in the groom having a dry mouth - and you don't want him croaking out those vows now, do you?
#9 Don't start drinking until your speech is out of the way.
You'll need a clear head to make a spot-on delivery, so sip on water or juice until it's out of the way. Also, don't be surprised if you get very drunk very quickly afterwards (unless you line your stomach): you'll probably get quite a few drinks bought for you, especially if you end your speech: "I'll be at the bar if you want to hear more stories from the stag". It's true!