Every wedding has a central theme, but each entourage can be as motley as the dishes in the banquet, each adding their own flavour to the party. And although they may have their own nuances and quirks, you can generally categorise them into stereotypes.
Knowing your groomsmen’s characters is essential if you’re looking to buy personalized groomsmen gifts. That way, you can give them gifts suited to their nature.
To start with, certain groomsmen personalities can be summed up into specific thought processes.
7 Types Of Groomsmen You’ll Find At Every Wedding
1) The Responsible Friend: “Can everyone please follow the program?”
This guy is probably the best man and, thus, has a bigger responsibility in terms of organizing the wedding (and the bachelor party). They usually take their position too seriously, treating the event as more of a job than a celebration.
Their personality suits their job, and that’s probably why they were picked for it. And, really, what would the clueless, ecstatic, eyes-stuck-on-the-bride groom do without them?
2) The Classy Individual: “Damn, I look good.”
There’s always that bloke who knows how to look pretty in a tux (or any top for that matter—probably even without one!). Because of their dapper appearance, they usually attract a lot of attention from the singles—of the opposite and same genders—in the party. Even those who already have partners might steal a few glimpses on this person, sometimes telling their significant others that they should learn how to dress up better like him.
This individual is quite easy to spot. Just look for the most stylish person after the bride.
3) The Weeping One: “Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry.”
Here’s one who’s in touch with their sensitive side yet acts tough on the outside. You’ll likely catch them bawling when the vows are made. But that doesn’t make them pathetic; they’re just genuinely happy for the wedded couple.
Some crybabies can be shy at receptions, content with mingling with close friends. However, if you get them drunk, you might squeeze a few stories and tears out of them, saying things like how the groom has matured from their school days.
4) The Talented Usher: “Come on. Let’s dance!”
The king or queen of the dance floor, this person can waltz through the party and lead any dance-offs, adding energy and elegance to the event. They might even choreograph a performance for the entourage as a treat to the wedded couple. They’re naturally the life of the party, but they are humble enough not to steal the entire show from the bride and groom.
Ever the performer, this person can match any move you do and maybe even give you some dance tips.
5) The Party Veteran: “Yo, where the beer at?”
The groom’s frat boy homie that, somehow, still hasn’t graduated from their alcoholic phase. They usually man the bar or just buzz around it. Having one of them around can often mean a wild night. They’d be partying so hard, that you’ll wonder how crazy the bachelor party was.
Don’t worry though. If they’ve been picked as a groomsman, the position may instill a bit of restraint in them. Besides, they’ve always had their buddy’s back; there’s no reason they’d wreck their wedding, right? Right?
6) The Hungry Bro: “May I bring home some food?”
They fancy themselves as food connoisseurs with a chef’s palate, but truth be told, they’re just hungry—always hungry. That said, their guts and ravenous instincts can be useful when choosing what food to include in your buffet. Even if they try to pick option E—all of the above—you’ll have a general sense of what’s the most delicious picks over those they just pass by.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about leftovers. This person would be the first to volunteer to “clean up” the mess.
7) The Other Hungry Bro: “May I bring home a bridesmaid?”
Yup, there’s always that guy that’s eyeing for some action. He spends most of his time wooing and ogling the ladies in the party. You’d probably see him interacting more with the bridesmaids than helping your guests.
But in the first place, he may’ve been the groom’s wingman that helped them talk to that lovely nymph who now sits beside them as their bride. So cut him some slack and let him harvest what he’s sown.
These are just the extreme stereotypes you’ll find at every wedding; however, most groomsmen are a mix of two or more of these traits. It’d be rare to actually find one who single-mindedly focuses on one aspect of a wedding during its entire course.
No two individuals are truly ever the same. Each person is unique . . . just like everyone else.