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Posted: September 18, 2014
Women LOVE romance. It captures their heart to see it happen in movies, and it does even more when it's happening to them personally. This is especially true on a bride's wedding day. Grooms, your wedding offers a perfect opportunity to get some major romance points going into marriage. Here are three easy ways to do it!
Posted: September 10, 2014
Guys, there will be aspects of the wedding that you will have nothing to do with, and areas where only a simple comment or opinion is required. There will also be a handful of projects where offering your help will be much appreciated by your bride. Below are those areas. Each link will take you to the basic info and tools you'll need to help make them quick and easy to tackle.
Posted: August 29, 2014
This can be a very daunting task, at first glance, but with a little guidance any groom can have some great, and personal, vows without spending hours and hours writing draft after draft. To be honest, there's really no right or wrong way to put these together. The main thing is speaking from the heart, and having them be pretty much the same format as your bride's. As you know, MANY people have gotten married before you, so learning from them can be a really good thing. To help with that knowledge, we've compiled various examples to give you a head start.
Below is a step-by-step guide for creating personal and memorable vows. Be sure to visit our Speaking page for more assistance/advice for executing each step.
Posted: August 20, 2014
Recently, we asked real couples what their groom did to get involved with the wedding planning. Here are the highlights of what we heard:
Posted: August 13, 2014
The following are some creative ways grooms are adding their own "taste" to the wedding. Lot's of guys love a good beer, so they're making this day extra special by creating their own home brewed beer and label. Here are 5 that we thought were pretty creative...
Posted: July 30, 2014
The best man and groomsmen in your wedding REALLY want their wedding gift to be something fun, practical and/or hold some special meaning. They don't want anything typical or cheesy. So, if you want to make your best man and groomsmen happy, check out our top 3 best man and groomsmen gift suggestions:
Posted: July 17, 2014
I know there are a lot of guys out there who want to look their best on the day of their wedding. And there's all kinds of helpful information to assist grooms in finding the formal wear that matches their style... but what about the basic layer of clothing? Yes, I'm talking about underwear. Odds are your lady is also looking forward to seeing you in something special on your wedding night. Now before you go and make your choice, there's something you'll want to keep in mind.
Posted: June 18, 2014
This groom decided to add a personal touch to his wedding reception, with a little help from RSVP Swanky Events in Dallas, Texas. And why not? As long as it's classy and tasteful, we are all for it!
It's becoming more and more common for grooms to get involved in their wedding planning these days (more than just the honeymoon). After all, a wedding is really just a big party that celebrates the love a bride and groom have for each other. For this reason, grooms should not be afraid to jump in and suggest the kind of transportation they want on their big day, where they'd like to register or pick the venue that represents their style for the rehearsal dinner. To help, we've put together a variety of step-by-step guides to give grooms the help and confidence they need to be a team player in the wedding planning process. Here are 10 top areas where grooms can lend a hand.
Posted: June 11, 2014
The garter toss is a great tradition that grooms can have a lot of fun with. And picking the right song is a big part of that. Here are The Top 10 Garter Toss Songs that grooms have chosen for their wedding. One quick note... although there will probably be a variety of ages in the audience, grooms are known to use their teeth!
Posted: June 03, 2014
Brides have always had a private event where they can also include parents, grandparents, aunts and younger friends and family. It's time that grooms had one too! The activities, however, are going to be a bit different. Although couple showers are getting popular, I'm sure a lot of grooms would much rather have their own afternoon BBQ with the guys. If you really stop and think about it the bachelor party is just not right for everyone, so having another option makes it so you don't have to leave anyone out. There we have it. A new tradition for grooms is born... the Groom Roast!
Posted: May 21, 2014
Not everyone is looking for the traditional toaster, dishes and bedding as a wedding gift. Instead, brides and grooms are asking their guests to pay for part of their honeymoon! There are a lot of sites out there that make building a honeymoon registry fun and easy. Here's what you need to know...
Posted: May 14, 2014
Depending on your location, there are a variety of transportation options to choose from. This is a fun way for grooms to get involved! Guys, do you want to make your way in and out of your wedding in style? Then let's take a look at our transportation options. Remember, if you don't voice your opinion now, you may reget it later.
Posted: May 01, 2014
Although brides still remain the focus on wedding day, more and more wedding venues are really starting to pay attention to the groom. They now know that just putting the groom and his groomsmen “just anywhere” before the start of the ceremony is not going to cut it anymore. Why is this? Well, wedding venues are starting to realize that guys are just as much a part of the decision of where to get married as the bride. And because of this, they are appealing to guys, in part, with killer groom rooms.
Posted: April 24, 2014
Now that she has her bling, it's time to choose yours. Whether or not you want a wedding ring with a diamond is up to you, but you still need to decide what kind of metal feels right. There are actually more out there than you might think. To save you the research time, we've put together a comprehensive list: Gold, Platinum, Tungsten, Titanium, Steel, Palladium and Mokume Gane. We highly recommend taking your time when making your wedding ring choice. Some of these metals will be familiar and others will not. Just keep in mind that there are some key differences that could really make an impact on you in the long run. All right... here we go!
Posted: April 17, 2014
For many of us men, there are certain things that are just plain annoying. A top one for me is people driving too slow in the fast lane. I can’t explain it, but something about that is quick to get on my nerves. There is, however, another annoying thing that until now I thought I’d just have to live with –my shirt coming untucked. Although I don’t tuck my shirt in all the time, I do it often enough to get a little frustrated when it wants to pop out in places. Recently, I was introduced to a company that may have solved this problem.
Posted: April 04, 2014
What guy wants to spend more money on his wedding than he has to? For that matter, what women would? Well, since most guys aren’t as emotionally tied to the wedding celebration, they are ideally wired to be more practical with the money that gets spent. Hence, you have a great way for grooms to support their bride during the preparation for their big day.
Posted: March 26, 2014
Whether we are watching sports, taking in a movie at the movie theater or enjoying all the wedding day festivities... most guys are in the mood to snack. Now every guy likes something different, and those items usually change depending on the event. This is why we've compiled a list of the top 10 snacks we think most guys would like to much on before the wedding pictures. Here they are:
Posted: March 07, 2014
It’s no surprise that women are typically the ones who are eager to plan the wedding. So once the engagement ring leaves the guy’s hand and slips onto the finger of his bride-to-be, she is more than ready to go. This often gives guys the excuse to just turn on autopilot till they reach the alter. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking leaves guys in the backseat (or sometimes not even on board) for most of the decisions about this very important and expensive day of your relationship. If you’re okay with that, then you’re probably not reading this. And since you are, we want to let you know that there are plenty of things to look forward to during this time… not dread.
Posted: March 03, 2014
More and more grooms are going for a more classic look at their wedding. They want to stand out, and also have a look that matches their personal style. With some grooms it’s a few touches here and there, but for others everything about their wedding has to fit this classic theme. And what goes well with dapper attire you ask, a dapper looking hat of course.
Posted: February 24, 2014
To answer this question, you really have to ask yourself how you define “get by”. Now, instead of beating around the bush, we’ll just come out and say it: weddings are expensive, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. So, cutting anywhere you can is always a good idea. And when it comes to the DJ… actually you may want to skip to the next expense on the list.
Posted: January 21, 2014
More and more couples are now deciding to get hitched away from home. Sometimes this is because a bride or groom is going back where they grew up to have the wedding with their family, and in other cases it’s an excuse to get out-of-town and stay there for their honeymoon too! Regardless, guys can be a huge help and support to their bride. No matter how in to the wedding planning a bride might be, planning anything from a distance can take a lot more work and detail management. If any bride is going to want her groom's help with the wedding planning, it’s with a destination wedding. This is why we wanted to give guys a few hints that can really do wonders for the sanity of the wedding planning relationship.
Posted: January 13, 2014
What do guys search for the most during the wedding process? This should be an easy one. Yes, you guessed it… groomsmen gifts. This is why we at The Groom’s List are happy to announce our NEW groomsmen gift section! Let’s just say we took a lot of time researching what other sites had to offer, and poured over all kinds of other guy gift options out there to create this new “Best Of” Groomsmen Gift selection. We have all the kinds’ gifts you’d expect to find on any groomsmen gift site, as well as many unique gifts that we know many guys like but maybe didn’t think of.
Posted: January 03, 2014
Most guys will take all the advice they can get, when it comes to choosing their wedding attire. Although there are probably some gents that feel pretty fearless in this area, a few helpful tips can always go a long way. Now if you’ve spent any time at all searching the web, you’ll soon discover an overload of advice in the wedding attire department. Because of this, the last thing we want to do is give you more of what you don’t need. That’s why this advice is about something attire related, but hardly talked about.
Posted: December 18, 2013
We all have our own individual style, so why should it change for your wedding day? Many guys are still wearing a classy suit or tux, but they are choosing to add in their own touches to make a look all their own. One of the most popular ways grooms are doing this is with shoes. And this applies not only to the groom, but to all his groomsmen as well. Many grooms are creating some custom kicks (even incorporating the wedding colors with the laces) for all their guys, and making it their groomsmen gift too. Now, we aren’t against the traditional black dress shoes… those are great. We just want all you grooms out there to know that creating your own style is not just possible but encouraged. To help give you some ideas, we’ve compiled some photos of various grooms rocking their unique shoe style on “wedding day”.
Posted: December 10, 2013
A wedding can be as unique as you choose to make it. Sure there are elements like the wedding dress, officiant and the exchanging of rings that might take place in all of them, but making your wedding match your individual personalities is what it’s all about. Now some couples will make small customizations like using their college fight song to exit the ceremony or enter the reception, while others will take it a bit further and have their own signature drinks, handmade postcards of places they’ve traveled to for table numbers and opt to toss a football with the garter around it. Then there are still the few who go to the extreme to make their day one-of-a-kind. In the end, where you fall on this wedding planning spectrum is really up to you and your budget. As for the couples we are featuring below… let’s just say you might pick one of their ideas to incorporate into your big day (did we say "might").
Posted: December 03, 2013
This may seem like an easy one, but the honor of being a best man deserves a little more than just simply asking. Now, we're not saying you need to put in as much thought and money as you did for the marriage proposal, but he is your best man after all. We've said this before and we'll keep saying it, your best man should be your best friend... period. Just because you were someone else's best man or you have a older/younger brother, doesn't mean one of them automatically gets to be the best man in your wedding. If not right away, they will eventually understand your decision to pick someone else. Being guilted into your choice is no way to start the wedding planning process. So once you've determined the man for the job, it's time to get crackin' on the asking part. To help, we've put together a few ideas to make it memorable.
Posted: November 26, 2013
With Thanksgiving nearly here, we thought it would only be appropriate to highlight what brides and grooms should be thankful for on their big day. Now some of these points may be more obvious than others, but in any case it's always good to maintain a clear perspective while navigating through the details and stress this day can bring. Keep in mind that this list applies more to grooms than brides, but since it's a monumental day in both their lives... there's bound to be some overlap. So as you get closer to your own wedding day, keep these in mind to help you remember why this is all happening.
Posted: November 22, 2013
It's no secret that guys really do want to have fun at their wedding. Whether it's having a poker table, cigar bar or mobile video game truck... if it's going to make their day that much more fun (and it's in the budget) then why not? A wedding is a onetime deal, and making a lifetime of great memories is a huge part of it. Now when us guys are having fun, we tend to get a little silly. This, of course, comes after a few drinks... but none the less, we can make fun of ourselves with the best of them. And one way to make this happen, at a wedding, is with the video booth. Photo and video booths are becoming the norm at a lot of weddings, and the new trend of a slow-motion video booth takes it to a whole new level. The couple we are featuring this week had the company they hired take all the videos their friends and family made, string them together and top it off with music to capture a unique "fun" that will be a part of their wedding experience for the rest of their lives. It's pretty darn cool. Check it out...
Posted: November 11, 2013
Far to often grooms can be intimidated by weddings because of all the serious planning that goes into make the day perfect and special. While all these planning details are important, it can be just as important to plan something fun and unique. Yes, getting married is a serious decision, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun on your big day. Just remember that there's no right or wrong to the way you incorporate "fun" into your wedding, but we do encourage it. It obviously needs to feel comfortable to you and your guests, but being creative and thinking outside the box is what it's all about. Many of your guests have been to weddings that all feel about the same. They know what to expect when, and end up looking forward to the food and booze more than anything. Why not mix it up? Like we said, you don't need to make a joke of the day... but adding in the fun side of your personalities (when you feel it's appropriate), can add a whole new level of fun and excitement for you AND your guests. Below are three ways to bring a little fun to your ceremony entrance.
Posted: November 01, 2013
If you haven’t heard, Kayne West and Kim Kardasian are getting married. Don’t worry; we’re not going to start doing a bunch of celebrity gossip posts. There are plenty of places to get that information, if you want it. We simply wanted to highlight the fact that Kanye considers himself a “Very Involved Groom”. Good for you, Kanye. Way to take part in this momentous day, and support your bride!
Posted: October 25, 2013
Wedding planner and star of TLC’s “Wedding Island”, Sandy Malone, stopped by to share her experiences with our grooms.
Just because a groom isn’t very involved in the wedding planning doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. Sure, for some it does – they just want to be told where and when – but for most grooms today, a more active role is what they’d like to be taking. And although this may be true, some honestly feel like they can’t because of work, school or travel commitments. But don’t feel too badly guys. I’ve had grooms plan entire weddings when their bride was in medical school or serving overseas. I’ve also had a number of grooms who were on active duty themselves, and could barely participate in the wedding planning (not get back from deployment until a few weeks before the big day). They’re all totally off the hook, in my opinion. Although, you’d be surprised how many of them did participate in choosing menus, music… via online communication with their future bride. I even have a groom who is a merchant marine and the bride doesn’t even know where he is half of the time. But when he’s home, we scramble to schedule the conference calls that involve things he really cares about (venue selection, the bar and the welcome party). This groom WANTS to be a part of the planning, so we do our best to make it work.
Posted: October 18, 2013
Keeping in line with what we posted a few weeks back, more and more grooms are taking a very active role in wedding planning. Couples are beginning to see the wedding day as throwing the best party of their lives, or so they should says Christian in the interview. He is a recently married groom that thinks guys are really missing out by not actively participating in the preparations of this special day. A wedding planner from a popular wedding show on TLC “Wedding Island” also shares her experiences...
Posted: October 11, 2013
I know this sounds pretty straight forward, but we keep hearing how much guys have been dissatisfied with the groomsmen gifts they've received. We know this is not what any groom intendeds, but it continues to happen year after year. That said, we decided this post needed to be written. Over and over we hear guys saying: "Yeah, I've NEVER used my groomsmen gifts... they're in a drawer somewhere". What a waste! Don't get me wrong, I know it's easy to default to the typical groomsmen gifts like a flask, pen or knife... and then have it engraved to give it special meaning. But we challenge you to go beyond that. We encourage you to make each groomsmen gift so personal, meaningful and practical that it not only gets used by your groomsmen, but you don't even need to get it engraved for them to remember that gift's special meaning. This may sound like a lot of work, but it really doesn't have to be. So, "How do I get there" you ask? Well, we've got some simple steps for you to keep in mind when picking out a groomsmen gift for your groomsmen.
Posted: October 03, 2013
We just want to start by saying that the title of this post is not something we recommend, unless that's what your bride wants. As you might have guessed, however, that's exactly what happened with this groom. Ryan Leak met his girlfriend Amanda Roman in 2008 through Ryan's worship pastor brother at their church discipleship program. Sometime in the future, Ryan overheard his girlfriend Amanda tell a friend that it was her dream to "get engaged and hitched all at once". Fast forward a few years, and we have a soon-to-be groom who took his desire to support his soon-to-be bride, and planned the entire wedding day she'd always wanted. Like other grooms, guys are putting WAY more time, effort and energy into the planning of their wedding day. And any guy who is ready for marriage, should also be ready to do way more than what grooms have been told they need to do in the past like: show up sober, keep your guys in line and make sure your tux fits right. I mean, we are men getting married not boys... right? Okay, back to the story. Here's where Pinterest comes in. It took him a year to plan, making calls in private and even putting special locks on his phone, but 5 years to the day of their meeting, he made it all happen. Of the over 220 re-pins Amanda had made to a board entitled "My Dream Wedding", he used those as a guide to make her dream wedding a reality.
Thinking she was helping some friends move; Ryan first flew her out to Miami...
Posted: September 30, 2013
I recently read a post called "Surviving a Groomzilla". Although I know those guys are out there, I honestly felt like most of the things mentioned as examples did not qualify. Now I know the idea of a Bridezilla or Groomzilla is never going to go away, and that's just the way it is. And as much as I'd love to see every bride and groom plan their wedding together, that is not the ultimate point of this post. What I'm getting at is this, we are at a pivotal point where we truly need a universal definition of what makes a bride a Bridezilla and a groom a Groomzilla. Just saying a guy who has opinions about his wedding day a Groomzilla cripples the desire for future grooms who want to get involved. Who knows... encouraging grooms about their wedding day could even help marriages stay together. Bottom line, I think we could do a better job at telling whether or not a groom is a Groomzilla, by going down the following road.
Posted: September 12, 2013
It's always great to see grooms having fun at their wedding. Remember, there are no rules... except to "have fun". And grooms are taking full advantage. Gone are the days when grooms just "showed up" to their wedding. Guys are really looking for fun ways to make the wedding their own, and nearly all the brides we talk too are VERY happy about it. Wedding planning can take a lot of time and energy, and with both the bride and groom working full time... sharing the wedding planning load is the best way to go. In terms of grooms having fun though, they are doing this in all kinds of ways like: having their own cigar and whiskey bar, renting poker tables, designing the wedding monogram, building decor, putting on a dance for their bride and even small details like picking out their own cool ceremony music (think classical string instruments version of the Imperial March from Star Wars)! Needless to say, a wedding can give guys a great opportunity to get creative, and that's exactly what this groom did.
Posted: August 14, 2013
It's 2013, and new music groups and music styles are popping up all over the music industry. And with so many choices, it's no wonder brides and grooms are having a hard time selecting the music they want to hear for their 4-5 hour wedding. It's no secret that there are a variety different ways couples are making their wedding their own, and music is one of the very top on their list. Although every wedding is different, there have been some common connections when it comes to music. Enter some of the top groom song requests. We hope this list helps each of those brides and grooms navigate those tough music choices ahead of them.
Posted: August 09, 2013
There are a lot of important things to remember on your wedding day. First and foremost, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to the wedding ceremony and be dressed for photos. Those typically start hours before the wedding. Beyond this, we've complied a list of 5 important items to bring on your wedding day. For a full list, we encourage you to visit our groom's wedding responsibilities page. Also, keep in mind that your best man should be there to help make sure you have what you need. We have a whole responsibilities page for him too. Being prepared will make your wedding day a lot more enjoyable.
Posted: August 01, 2013
When planing any kind of major event, there always seems to be some stressful moments. With so many details to keep track of, even the best planners can easily loose their cool. Now when it comes to weddings, it really depends on the bride. Since most brides have never been married before, this experience will depend a lot on their personality. For most grooms, they need to be team players. We like to think of the bride as the CEO and the groom as a project manager. We know this may not always be the case, but for the vast majority this description seems to fit pretty well. To be the best team player with the wedding planning tasks, we encourage grooms to check out our The Groom's Checklist. Beyond that, we want to provide grooms with some supportive ideas that are meant to keep a smile on their bride's face. In this case, these 10 ideas have nothing to do with planning and everything to do with making her life a little easier.
Posted: July 25, 2013
Getting your wedding band should be easy compared to getting her engagement ring, right? Wrong! Here are three common problems men encounter when shopping for their wedding band - and their simple fixes.
Posted: July 19, 2013
It seems like every article I read about grooms getting involved in the wedding process automatically refers to them as a "Groomzilla". Well, last time I checked, the wedding was about two people giving up their singe lives to join together, as one, for a lifelong marriage commitment. So when a guy actually wants to take part in planning the celebration of this day, it's spun in a negative light... ie: Groomzilla. My question is this, why not help in the cause of making this process more of a team effort (it's not easy planning a wedding anyway), and encourage men who desire to step up and support their bride-to-be by calling these guys "Involved Grooms"?
Posted: July 08, 2013
Waking up on "wedding day" can bring a little nervous stress to the most focused and fearless grooms. So, instead of letting it get the best of them, a lot of grooms are looking to use that time to bond with their groomsmen. This is especially true, if some of those groomsmen are from out-of-town. You know you just can't let that precious time be wasted. Now before we go any further, we do want to remind all you grooms out there how important it is to leave plenty of time to change and get ready before pictures start. The last thing any groom wants is for himself or any of his groomsmen to be late. That would easily produce an unhappy bride. To help grooms come up with some fun ideas, we've put together a list of 10 ways grooms can keep themselves and their groomsmen entertained. Some of these ideas can be done after everyone arrives and has changed into their formal wear, while the other activities would need to happen in the morning (before a late afternoon or early evening wedding). In the end, it's all about relaxing, having fun and enjoying some additional bonding time with your closest buddies!
Posted: June 20, 2013
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Almost all the grooms we've talked to can't seem to get enough groomsmen gift ideas. This comes as more and more guys want their groomsmen gifts to be meaningful and specific to their groomsmen's style and personality, including the addition of a personalized touch. We already offer a pretty extensive list of groomsmen gift suggestions on our site, but we thought we'd get a little more unique this time. We know that finding just the right groomsmen gift can be a challenge for any groom. There are a lot of bad groomsmen gift ideas out there, and some that just work well enough to get the job done. In light of this, we wanted to challenge ourselves to find some unique groomsmen gift ideas that also would't break the bank. We hope that these groomsmen gifts won't just be cool and unrealistic, but practical enough gifts that your groomsmen will be very glad to get as a special member or your wedding.
Posted: June 06, 2013
It seems like everyone was all about the Harlem Shake, just a few months ago. There were all kinds of videos, and I mean ALL kinds. Wedding receptions saw packed dance floors with guests showing off their Harlem Shake moves. People were coming out of the woodwork to create their own unique take on the Harlem Shake using an iPhone App. Still, this is the first we've seen of the Harlem Shake during a wedding ceremony. Check it out, and let us know what you think. But please, don't send us your version...lol.
Posted: June 04, 2013
Hearing from the bride and groom, during their wedding, is something nearly every guest wants to see happen. I say "nearly", because honestly there's always at least one who probably doesn't care about the wedding speeches. For the 99.9% that do, however, we want to be sure that the groom remembers to do the following for his one and only wedding speech:
Posted: May 29, 2013
Who wouldn't want $250 to spend on some great groomsmen gifts for their guys? Well for the month of June, you can enter-to-win your very own $250 shopping spree through one of the top sellers of groomsmen gifts, GroomsDay. Just follow this link: $250 Groomsmen Gift Giveaway, and follow the steps. It's easy, and you could use your winnings to get great groomsmen gifts like a:
Posted: May 20, 2013
More and more men are searching for a wedding ring that truly fits their style. And there is no shortage of men's wedding ring styles to choose from either. With so many choices, we wanted to help. As we've done with other areas of the wedding planning process, we've put together a list of 10 unique men's wedding ring styles to help all those grooms-to-be narrow things down. Now we know that most guys don't want as much bling in their wedding ring as their bride, but they still want a wedding ring that looks a certain way. Men's wedding rings can range from very simple to obscure (and everything in between). With this in mind, we hope that this list of men's wedding rings really helps grooms know what's possible and where they can go to get the ring they want. Just remember that there are no specific rules as to what a wedding ring needs to be or look like, but there are some important criteria that each guy may want to consider like: matching the metal of his bride-to-be's wedding ring, having a comfort fit, the resistance to damage and whether or not his wedding ring will cause an allergic reaction. For more help comparing men's wedding rings, visit our men's wedding ring page. For a short list of some unique men's wedding rings... keep reading.
Posted: May 13, 2013
The typical wedding doesn't really exist anymore. So many couples are choosing to step away from "wedding traditions", and really make their special day fit their own personal style. Because of this, a lot of guys are feeling more and more comfortable sharing their ideas as soon to be grooms. Although this feeling of comfort may be true, there are still a good amount grooms that simply don't know what's possible. To help, we've compiled some of the cool things other grooms have done before them. Some of these ideas are pretty interesting to down right fantastic. Plus, almost any groom can pull them off... not to mention score some major points with their bride.
Posted: April 30, 2013
A lot of guys think that weddings are a drag. They have to get all dressed up, be around and talk to a bunch of family and people they don't know that well (or at all) and also do a little dancing. Still, when asked, most guys do have a different opinion after the evening is over. They even say how much fun they had. Yes, they really do. So why is it that the idea of a wedding scares guys, but once they actually experience it their opinion changes. We feel it has to do with what they have to focus on and the pressure associated with it. This is why we put together a simple list of ways that a bride can help her groom look forward to their wedding day.
Posted: April 24, 2013
The engagement period leading up to the wedding can be quite draining on a couple. Paying attention to how you interact is key. Can you compromise, support each other and just plain have fun? These are essential components in not just planning a wedding, but for having a healthy 50 years of marriage too. To help make this process as smooth as possible, we've put together a simple but impactful list of needs that almost every bride wants from the groom in her life.
Posted: April 17, 2013
Let’s say I’m a guy who just got down on one knee to propose marriage to my girl. Let’s also assume that I put a lot of time, effort and energy into picking just the right diamond engagement ring, then sweated some bullets about asking permission from her father and finally planned out the perfect way to propose. In the past most guys would say, “okay, I’m done”… right? I mean she’s got a fantastic rock on her finger AND a memorable marriage proposal to share with all her friends and family. Well, that “hands off the wedding” stereotype is not as common anymore. Without taking anything away from a guy to lives out a marriage proposal scenario, like the one I just described above, it’s important to know that a proposal is only the first of three items on a guy’s wedding “to do” list.
Posted: April 09, 2013
image by: Smitten Photography
It is certainly true that when it comes to looks and beauty, come wedding day, the bride always takes center stage. This does not mean however, that the groom and his men are not allowed to earn some style points themselves. Below are three styles that have gained huge popularity recently, and will, without doubt, be among the most popular looks of the 2013 wedding season.
Posted: February 28, 2013
Getting married is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. This is true for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is holding true to the vows you give to your bride on your wedding day. As you can tell by the nearly 50% divorce rate we have in the united states, many people don't take their wedding vows as seriously as they should. This is why we encourage you to take a very close look at what you will actually be "vowing" during the wedding ceremony. If you like the standard wedding vows that most couples use because they truly express what you want to vow to your bride-to-be, then by all means use them. They really can be just the right fit. On the other hand, you might want to consider making your wedding vows a bit more personal to your individual feelings and unique relationship. Writing your wedding vows like this can also give you a stronger motivation to keep those vows for "as long as you both shall live".
Posted: January 10, 2013
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Planning a wedding can be a lot to manage by yourself, so doing it as a team is always the best way to go. Bridal shows offer grooms a great opportunity to check a lot of wedding items off their part of the wedding checklist in just a few hours. Although a groom's part in the wedding is typically not as involved, there are still some important tasks that grooms should take part in to support their bride. Yes, I know that most bridal shows are on a Saturday or Sunday, but that's where technology comes in to play. Just record your games, and put a few hours in helping plan this important day. With the help of our groom's checklist... guys now know exactly what they need to do. Alright... here come the shows, so get your phone out and start checking off your list!
Posted: November 28, 2012
Okay, there's always the traditional answer: FOOTING THE BILL. And even that one is not that common anymore (as you may already know), since many couples are sharing the wedding expenses with their parents. In any case, there are still a handful of other duties that the father of the bride should be aware of. Don't worry, it's not that many. We just want to assist all the fathers out there who want to help their daughter, but just don't know where to begin. That's why we put together this list of father of the bride wedding responsibilities, as well as a simple but effective outline for a father of the bride wedding toast. This information is all fathers of the bride need to be that much closer to a fun and memorable day giving the bride away!
Posted: October 10, 2012
After buying the diamond engagement ring and popping the question, many couples get together with some close friends and family to have an engagement party. Not everyone decides to have an engagement party, so don't feel like you have to. It's really about getting both sets of families together to start getting to know each other better. To determine whether or not you want to have an engagement party, check out our engagement party page. Here you will get all the basic info you need, as well as simple and to the point guidance for hosting a great engagement party. Have fun!!
Posted: September 17, 2012
Posted: September 13, 2012
Your wedding is as good a reason as any to look and feel healthy. If not for all those wedding pictures you're going to be in, do it for the tons of love making that will be going on during the honeymoon. Now that you're convinced, let's get to work. We've compiled some helpful nutrition tips and exercises that can really make a difference in your health. Hey, they might even be so transforming and easy... that these healthy ideas stick with you for life. In any case, we hope this health focused information can help you be that much more prepared for your big day.
Posted: August 16, 2012
We were recently asked by a soon-to-be groom: What is the first thing a guy should do to help prepare for his wedding? Great question! Our #1 item on the Groom’s Checklist is putting together a guest list. Be sure to ask your parents for a little help with the family one. And our tips and resources page will give you the tools you need to make this as simple and easy as possible. Believe us when we say… your bride will really appreciate it.
Posted: July 30, 2012
There are a ton of ways to make your wedding creative and unique. One way for a groom to insert his personality and style is with the boutonniere. Yes, these can be very girly, but occasionally we see one that really says "A groom had some influence here". To give you an idea of what we mean, we've compiled a few of the more memorable ones for you to enjoy. Still, if boutonnieres aren't your thing, then be sure to check out our formal wear page to see some other ways you can create the personalized look you want on your big day. Remember, there's no right or wrong... just be you.
Posted: July 13, 2012
Making the right entrance or exit can really have a huge impact. This is also an area where grooms can offer a real addition to their wedding day. To show all the guys out there how fun this can be, we've compiled 5 unique ways brides and grooms can arrive and depart their wedding in style.
Posted: June 29, 2012
If you haven't seen this yet, you have to take a look. This is something we would all dread, if it happened to us. How do you think the groom handled this one?
Posted: June 12, 2012
As you know, there's a lot of planning that goes in to creating a great wedding. So if music is your thing, then picking the musical entertainment for your big day can be a great way to support your bride.
Now, there are a lot pros and cons when looking to hire a band or DJ. You really can make a strong case for both, so it really comes down to what you want. If you find yourself leaning toward a band but decide on a DJ because you assume the band is going to cost a lot more, think again.
Posted: June 01, 2012
June Giveaway!! This goes out to all the brides and grooms out there... we don't do many of these, so don't miss out. If you or someone you know is getting married in 2012 or 2013, then be sure and enter-to-win this 2 night honeymoon getaway! If you win, you'll be staying in the luxurious and romantic Pinnacle Suite at The Columbia Cliff Villas Hotel. The large master suite includes:
Posted: May 17, 2012
Posted: May 09, 2012
One area where guys have really been stepping up in the wedding planning is booking the entertainment. Grooms, you may have already considered local wedding services The Groom's List offers like: DJs, bands, a photo booth or even some casino tables for your big day, but Marta Segal Block of GigMasters.com tells us that there are a variety of entertainment options that may not be so obvious...
Posted: May 04, 2012
Far to often, the wedding night gets overlooked. You've spent all kinds of time and money planning a great wedding ceremony and reception, and you want to stay as late as possible to get the most out of an evening with family and friends. We totally get it. Still, planning something special, just for your bride, is really worth the time and energy. Deep down, most brides want their groom to make this day (and evening) as magical as possible. One easy way a groom can do this is with a few romantic touches on the wedding night. To help, we recommend this three step process...
Posted: April 20, 2012
What is the purpose of a bachelor party?
If you ask a bunch of guys this question, you'll probably get a variety of answers. However, when you look at the big picture... is should be pretty clear. You dated, found a woman you want to spend the rest of your life with, proposed and are now going to have a wedding to make it official. At the second point "find THE women", your mindset should really be focused on her. This means the bachelor party should NOT be looked at as the last harrah (anything goes) as as single man before marriage, but a in fact a time to strengthen the bonds of friendship with the guys you are closest to before embarking on the most important relationship you can have on earth. That said, there are many ways to do this. To help, we've been researching and gathering all the ideas we could find. By the title of this blog post you can see that we've found 40, but we are constantly looking for more. If you have any fun ideas to share, please leave them here with ours!
Posted: April 12, 2012
The Best Man should be the biggest support for the groom. That said, it's now a matter of learning what to do. Since most guys don't play the role of Best Man every day, we are here to help. We've compiled and filtered down everything a Best Man needs to handle before, during and after the wedding. There may be more than you think, so be sure to take the time to review it all. Even if you don't think something applies to your particular groom, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Here you go...
Posted: April 04, 2012
Okay grooms, we can't leave mom out. I know dancing with your mom at your wedding in front of your family and friends may scare you, but she will cherish the moment forever. When picking this special wedding song, make sure it's meaningful. Think back and try to remember a song that could meet one or all of the following criteria:
Posted: March 30, 2012
Who doesn't enjoy the hit TV show Punk'd?!?! Watching celebrities play a prank on each other is priceless. We especially like it when it has a wedding theme. This latest one with Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift is sure to be a classic. Taylor thinks she's just ruined a wedding... take a look!
Posted: March 22, 2012
There's probably more to selecting a groom's wedding band than most grooms (and brides) may think. The most common choices are White Gold and Platinum, but we wonder if that would change if more grooms only know they had a lot more to choose from. To test our theory, we've put together a list of the options all grooms should consider before picking out their wedding band. There's just so much to consider like...
Posted: March 05, 2012
Although this groom is white, he sure pulled off Michael Jackson's moves pretty well! Seems more and more grooms are putting their stamp on the wedding with a fun dance to please their wedding guests, and of course their bride. This one is by Jeff Loehrke, and we are happy to give him props for being one of those New Grooms who's looking to make his wedding his own. Although coming up with a unique dance is a great way for grooms to get more involved in their wedding, we've put together a list of some other great ways that tend to get overlooked...
Posted: January 13, 2012
The tides are a changing. Guys are getting way more involved in the wedding process and loving it! Just look at this groom and his groomsmen in this new YouTube video. They put together an entire choreographed routine to a Justin Bieber song that had everyone wanting more. Check it out!
Posted: November 10, 2011
To all the brides out there, we know that getting a meaningful wedding gift from your groom on your wedding day can really score him some huge bonus points. So guys, be sure to pay attention. Although writing in a romantic card and combining it with a single red rose can be a great option, we've recently found another romantic idea that we'd like to share. This type of wedding gift is for all the creative/DIY grooms who want to give their bride something really unique and special!
Posted: October 21, 2011
Wedding receptions can be a lot of fun. You're surround with family and friends celebrating a life changing commitment between two people. So, why not have as much fun as possible. Until recently, this idea of "fun" has been limited to dance music played by a DJ or band. Not any more. Many couples are adding to the fun with things like a photo booth, a "sweet" complement to the wedding cake (candy buffet and/or ice cream cart) and even an area just for the guys with cigars, scotch tasting and poker tables.
Now comes the new idea...
Posted: September 28, 2011
You've heard of engraving a flask, pen and of course a beer mug... but we bet you haven't thought of engraving a cigar. It was a shock to us too. This past weekend, we caught up with Ed over at PDX Cigars, and he introduced us to "Signatue Stogies". What a great concept for a groomsmen gift! Once we saw one of these in person, we knew we just had to share the idea with you. We are definitely going to add this idea to our ever growing list of groomsmen gifts. So guys, be sure to think long and hard about the gift you'll be giving each of your groomsmen. The more personalized and unique the better. As always, we will do our best to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of groomsmen gifts.
Posted: September 02, 2011
Whether you're the Groom, Best Man, Father-of-the-Groom or Father-of-the-Bride... it is always good to say a little something at the wedding. Your wedding guests want to hear from you. We know this fact can be a little daunting, so we've created an easy to follow guide, for each of you, that provides the framework needed to write a great wedding toast. This step-by-step process will allow each of you to create an enjoyable and personal wedding toast. Below, you'll find the links to each type of wedding toast guide. So what are you waiting for, go for it!
Posted: August 26, 2011
With so much great dance music out there, how do you know which songs to pick for your wedding? Although it's very important to pick songs that are not only danceable but familiar to a wide range of guests, it is still your day. With that said, we encourage you to try and find a healthy balance. To help you with this process, we've included a top 10 list that has in the past and should continue to get the crowd moving at your 2011 wedding...
Posted: August 16, 2011
Now who says that groom's don't take part in planning their wedding?!?! You know that would not be us. Still, we did not expect this. We found a groom who took things a 1,000 steps further. For an entire year, this guy asked his gal question after question about each detail of her dream wedding. What she didn't know was that he wasn't just taking notes for the future, he was actually planning the wedding. On the day that he proposed, the entire wedding was ready to start just behind him. He brought everything she could possible want for her big day... including each piece of furniture from her entire bedroom. He did not want to miss a thing, he said...
Posted: August 04, 2011
Now some guys hate to dance, some really enjoy it... but this groom seems to be enjoying it a little too much. What more can we say. Yes, it's fun to get everyone dancing at a wedding, and this is one way to do it. Although we don't recommend it, it's sure good for a laugh. On a serious note, if you're a groom who really is looking to learn some dance moves for your big day, then be sure to visit our site and check out our local vendor directory to find a great dance studio in your area!
So, would this be cool at your wedding? Let us know what you think.
Posted: July 07, 2011
Traditionally, the entrance of the bride has always been the focus of the wedding ceremony. Each wedding guest stands and turns to watch her as she walks down the aisle. Recently however, there have been more and more groom entrances worth watching (some unfortunately turning into humorous disasters). Below are two of the more entertaining ones we've seen that you may not have.
Posted: June 15, 2011
Deep down, every groom wants to bring his own personality to the wedding. And why not... it's his day too! One fun way to do this is by designing a custom pair of kicks for the reception. Now don't get us wrong, it's still true that a nice pair of dress shoes goes a long way for the ceremony. But when it's time to party at the reception, the freedom IS there to bring a little of your own comfort and style to the show.
Posted: June 01, 2011
During the entire month of June, grooms can enter-to-win their very own pair of personalized cuff links ($430 value) courtesy of San Damian, Style Unveiled, The Groom's List and Mosca Photo (check out the designer's video to see more of this one-of-a-kind look)! These handmade semi-precious stones are made to order. San Damien will carve your initials, a unique symbol or meaningful character into the semi-precious stone of your choice. The stone is then fused with silver to create your very own custom design. It's a great look. Just ask Peyton Manning!
Want to win? Well, if you're a groom or bride with a wedding in 2011 or 2012, simply post a comment that shares:
Posted: May 31, 2011
We all know that grooms are getting more and more involved in planning their wedding, but this can also be said for the wedding industry. Just recently, a new iPhone wedding app called miWedding was created by past groom Andrew Whiting. He wanted to offer an easy way to keep wedding guests informed and connected during the wedding. This new wedding app allows wedding guests to do things like:
Posted: May 10, 2011
This has got to be one of the best wedding videos we've ever seen! It takes the concept of a wedding video to a whole new level. This is one of the many ways grooms can get involved in the wedding process. Grooms, it's all about making your wedding into a party that you WANT to go to. Work with your bride, as a team, and take your own wedding and wedding video to the next level! Find more helpful info for grooms on The Groom's List.
Posted: April 25, 2011
Alright all you 2011 grooms, here’s an easy giveaway that you have to take advantage of… free ties from Ties.com. For all you 2011 grooms out there, Ties.com is offering a free set of solid colored wedding ties for your ENTIRE wedding party. Just pick the color that fits your wedding style. Enter by:...
Posted: April 14, 2011
Guys, there will be aspects of the wedding that you will have nothing to do with, and areas where only a simple comment or opinion is required. There will also be a handful of projects where offering your help will be much appreciated by your bride. Below are those areas. Each link will take you to the basic info and tools you'll need to help make them quick and easy to tackle.
Posted: March 11, 2011
Let's be real. Nobody want's to get a typical "run of the mill" gift. We all want to know that some real thought went in to picking it out. Well, your groomsmen gifts are no different. For all you grooms out there who want to give a gift that really fits the style of each of your groomsmen; check out our list. We've compiled some unique options for The Top 10 groomsmen gift categories.