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Getting asked to be a groomsmen is an honor, but it also comes with a few responsibilities. That's why we're here with groomsmen advice! Do not worry; our groomsmen tips will be pretty simple to accomplish (and, yes, the bachelor party is included). Your first task will be obtaining your wedding duds. Similar to the bridesmaids, you will have to pay for your own wedding attire, but the guys are lucky in that they can usually rent their formalwear so it costs less. Just make sure to get fitted early enough to get your suit on time -- the bride and groom will thank you. You will also be expected to attend all prewedding parties. While this is not technically required to be a groomsman, it does show your support of the happy couple. (Plus, it is a great opportunity to get free food and drinks!) You should also help the best man plan the bachelor party (as if we needed to twist your arm for that one), since that is one of the best man duties. On the day of the wedding, you might be called on to help usher guests to their seats, so arrive to the ceremony site at least 45 minutes early to learn any special seating requirements. And since you are wearing that fancy suit, do not be surprised if the guests look to you for information (you will probably get asked where the bathroom is a few times). It is also a good idea to purchase a wedding present for the bride and groom. To really up your buying power, go in with one or more of the other groomsmen and purchase something really special. Here's our final advice for the bridal party: At the reception, you will probably be introduced with the bridesmaid you walked down the aisle with and possibly asked to participate in a wedding party dance. That's it! Not a bad gig, eh?
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