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What are Groomsmen?
When a groom (also called ‘bridegroom’) is planning to get married, he selects one or more men to assist with certain aspects of the wedding. These men are called groomsmen, and are better known as the ushers in the wedding party. Customarily, there is a one-to-one ratio between the number of groomsmen and the number of bridesmaids in the bridal party, but not always. The best man is also counted as part of the groomsmen.
What Is the Difference Between the Best Man and the Groomsmen?
The best man is part of the groomsmen, just as the maid or matron of honor is part of the bridesmaids. However, the best man is usually a closer relation to the groom (such as brother or best friend) and has a higher honor and greater responsibilities than do the other groomsmen.
Why are Groomsmen Needed?
The best man serves as the witness to the marriage. The groomsmen assist the groom in the planning and orchestration of the wedding and ceremony.
Responsibilities of the Groomsmen:
Additional Responsibilities of the Best Man:
Should Groomsman Gifts be Given?
Just as the bride gives gifts to the bridesmaids, the groom typically gives gifts to thank his groomsmen for sharing in the wedding day. The gifts often are delivered during the rehearsal dinner or other event prior to the day of the ceremony. Other customs call for gifts to be given during or after the reception.
What Type of Groomsmen Gift Should be Given?
Grooms would be advised to select groomsmen gifts that are both unique and appropriate for the ushers and occasion. Cufflinks are among the most popular. Golf gifts, engraved, or personalized gifts, including stud sets, money clips, and watches are common wedding gift ideas.
How Much Money Should Be Spent on Each Groomsmen Gift?
Too Cheap? Too Expensive? These are common issues the groom faces when shopping for individual usher gifts. The amount of money spent on the groomsmen should be proportionate with:
• The wedding budget
For example, if the wedding costs $100,000 and the groomsmen are renting high-priced tuxedos, spending $5 on each groomsman gift would be an insult. Likewise, if the wedding budget is only $5,000, giving out $200 groomsmen gifts is unnecessary.
Where Do I Buy Groomsmen Gifts?
Although there are many places on the Internet to purchase gifts, a specialty website, such as Groomsmen.com, has a wide selection of items for all budgets, including flasks, cufflink cases, key rings and stud sets. Most importantly, we especially like their same day engraving policy, which can bail out a procrastinating groom with some great personalized gifts.