South Wales Hotel

Hotel Enquiries: 01291 672302

Wedding Enquiries: 01291 674819

Conference Enquiries: 01291 674817







Offering support to your Best Man...

This will involve a brief run through of the arrangements for the day and the role that the Best Man takes in ensuring that the day runs as smoothly as possible.



The best man's duties are as follows:

Upon arrival at the hotel from the church or prior to the wedding on the premises (whichever applies), the Best Man makes himself known to the staff on duty and updates them of when the bride and groom are to arrive. A phone call en route is helpful.

Liaison with the photographer, gathering the various guests required for group and family photographs; this will ensure that no great delays in timing are caused.

A receiving line will be set up (if required)  including the bride and groom's parents (as it is applicable) and chief bridesmaid if there is one.

The Best Man will then announce that the bridal party are ready to receive their guests and assist in guiding them past the line up (receiving line).

During the course of the wedding breakfast it is usual to select a few suitable cards to be read out at the end of the Best Man's speech.

After coffee is served the Best Man will announce the cutting of the wedding cake and invite guests forward to take photographs.

The cake is then taken to be cut up and each guest will receive a piece (as applicable) together with a glass of Champagne / sparkling wine . No speeches are begun at this point until the food service is completed.

Once all food and drink is served, we will invite the Best Man to begin the speeches.

They traditionally follow the order of:

The Brides Father  ~ The Groom ~ Finally the Best Man with a few cards.

At the end of the speeches the Best Man will then invite guests to retire to the bar and lounge so that the room can be prepared for the evening celebrations.

"Thank you so much for making my job as Best Man so much easier by your helpfulness and understanding at the wedding of Rob and Kath on 3rd October 2009.  You made the day so special and memorable."  (Julian Tooley)

To discuss your requirements for a wedding venue in South Wales, please contact Carol Knight on 01291 674819 (direct line) or 01291 672302 (main reception).  Email:



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