What Is a Groom's Roast?

Marta Block


We love parties, but sometimes we hear of a type of party that confuses us (Sip and See anyone?). It's not that we're against it, we just don't know what it is! So when we heard about a Groom's Roast we went to some experts to find out what it's all about. Jeff from The Groom's List was more than happy to fill us in.

Special to GigMasters from The Groom's List

Do grooms need a "Groom's Roast"? The simple answer is yes.  The Bridal Shower is an important event, and having an equivalent event, that’s right for guys, has been missing for far too long.  Although something resembling this type of event has come about in recent years: Man Shower, Guy Gathering, Groom Shower and Bro Bath, they are not quite complete.

Still, you may be asking yourself: Why would any guy need to have a “shower” type event when he already has a bachelor party?   Well, let’s first turn to the Urban Dictionary Definition of a Groom Roast for our answer.  Oh, and if you’ve seen a celebrity comedy roast, you may already know where were going with this.

The Bachelor Party may not always be appropriate for younger guys or older relatives, so this is a great way for all the important men in the groom’s life to celebrate him by spending an afternoon together and having a little fun at his expense (public appropriate comedic insults, praise, outlandish true stories and uplifting tributes). The groom knows that it’s all in fun, and is able to be a good sport about it. The groom will be roasted by those who wish to do it, with some of the same treatment possibly coming their way too. It’s hosted by the groomsmen, who pick a theme the groom would like: sports, gaming, poker… and bring everyone together with food, drinks and some good laughs.” –Urban Dictionary

What Exactly Happens At A Groom Roast?

1.   You play some games.

Depending on the groom this could be: poker, various sports, a team building activity, Wii and/or groom trivia (every wrong answer means he has to drink… are something like that).

2.   You open gifts.

These should be practical gifts that are home improvement related.

3.   You roast the groom.

The roast is meant to poke fun at the groom with funny insults, one outlandish but true story and an uplifting tribute.  Jokes used in the roast must be suitable for all ages attending.  Groomsmen prepare a roast (others are optional).  Those that prepare a roast should remember that they may receive some of the same treatment in return. (Editor's note: Sounds like a great chance to hire a professional comedian to serve as M.C. and keep things moving)

Who Plans The Groom Roast?

With the Bachelor Party falling on the shoulders of the Best Man, this one goes to the Groomsmen.  Typically a Groomsman is not called to do very much prior to the wedding, so this is the perfect event for them to host.  They can pool their dollars and share in the planning.

When Is The Groom Roast?

If possible, it will be the same afternoon the bride is having her bridal shower.  If that doesn’t work, it’s good to make it as close to that date as possible.

What Is Served At A Groom Roast?

This depends on the groom’s taste, but something from the grill usually does the trick.  Don’t want to break the bank or have it be too formal.  Something simple and easy is the best plan.

Where Does A Groom Roast Happen?

The event is held at the home of one of the groomsmen (roastmaster for the evening), or a third party location chosen by the groomsmen.

More than anything, this event is meant to get the older and younger guys in both families together, so they can get to know each other better.  Since some of important family members like dads, grandpas, younger cousins and bothers usually don’t go to the bachelor party, a Groom Roast is a great addition to help make them feel included, and at the same time have a little fun, at the groom’s expense!

To learn more about the Groom Roast and other wedding ideas, visit The Groom’s List. To hire a comedian for your roast, visit GigMasters.com.