*Your fiancé's laid-back attitude is one of the reasons you absolutely adore him — until it gets in the way of your wedding plans. While you may have selected bridesmaids within moments of becoming engaged, your groom may not feel the same imperative to choose, and therefore left what is a pretty big decision to the last minute. But how late is too late to nominate a handful of groomsmen? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the tricky task of pinning down groomsmen when your wedding date is just around the corner. *
A groom who leaves the task of electing his groomsmen to the eleventh hour is hardly a rare phenomenon. However, when the rest of the wedding details are sorted and all that remains is completing the wedding party, it is understandable that a bride may become anxious about the task. In all likelihood, your fiancé's closest friends are prepared to take on the responsibility and are simply waiting to be asked. If the group of individuals whom your groom intends to nominate have RSVP'd yes to your wedding invitation and have had a major presence in your wedding festivities so far, they will likely be amenable to joining the wedding party.
If you are truly concerned about their availability and willingness to take on the role of groomsman, subtly suggest to your fiancé that perhaps it's time to make a decision and pop the question. In the off chance that one or more of your fiancé's top picks reject the offer, make sure there are backup choices for groomsmen.