Assist the groom on the wedding day, Be in charge of the ushers  Keep the wedding rings safe until needed during the ceremony, Stand next to the groom during the ceremony, Act as a legal witness to the marriage and therefore sign the marriage certificate, and Prepare a "best man's speech" to be read at the reception  In various countries and cultures[ edit ] The best man is not a universal custom. So how do you write a decent wedding speech? Apparently France decided to out-"What the fuck? The most visible duty of the groomsmen is helping guests find their places before the ceremony and to stand near the groom during the wedding ceremony. Those who didn't get the job done were often beaten by their mothers. Groomsmen may also participate in local or regional traditions, such as decorating the newlywed couple's car. While the best man's required duties are only those of a friend, in the context of a western white wedding , the best man will typically: It's your wedding day, and the only problem is that you're a housemaid in Ye Olde England. Jack is handsome, clever, witty, generous, char…. Like most weddings, there will probably be lots of speeches — to the groom, to the bride, and from the best man. Back when the tradition originated, the entire village would drink the garbage, and of course, these were the days when these very same chamber pots were actually used for pooping, and presumably some time before hygiene really came into vogue. Thereafter he entertains the guests, sometimes for several hours. A best man must be a confidant and be discreet about the details he shares with the new couple. Common slang names for this event are bachelor party, stag do, or bucks' night in different parts of the world. What better way to provide a worn out couple with the sustenance they needed to finish their evening than to make them drink trash soup? So most couples married, did the hanky-panky in the woods or whatever, made some babies, and didn't even live in the same household for the first few years of their marriages. When the groom wishes to give this honor to a woman, she may be termed the best woman or best person,  although traditionally she would still be referred to as the 'best man'.