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Best Groomsmen Gift Ideas

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Wedding planning demands a lot of time and attention to details. Sometimes, certain things don’t get as much thought as they should. Groomsmen gifts may be one of those things that don’t benefit from careful planning. In some cases, they are forgotten completely! Eek! Don’t skimp on showing these special men how much you value their time and participation.

The groomsmen gifts don’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. Traditional groomsmen gifts have gotten a bit cliché. The personalized beer glasses, alcohol, shaving kits, watches, and cuff links have become so common that they may have lost their meaning. Unless one of those things truly connects with the groomsmen on a personal level, it seems like a thoughtless token. Consider these trendy groomsmen gift ideas.

Consider the hobbies and interests of the groomsmen. If the groomsmen are football fans, perhaps football jerseys would be the best gifts. One couple got personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bats for each of the groomsmen. Golf-themed gifts are also popular.

Is the backyard barbeque the favorite pastime of your groomsmen? Maybe a grill set with authentic Koko charcoal, spice rubs, grill tools, and personalized grilling apron would be the perfect gifts. If your groomsmen are the DIY gurus of our day, they probably already have the basic tools that they use to complete projects. However, if you know of an upcoming project, you might want to give a special tool that may be useful for that project.

Food and drinks are always a hit. Instead of buying everyone the same gift basket, why not make your own with snacks that you know they love? Some people have given small, personalized coolers to each groomsman filled with their favorite snacks. One couple tied a small bottle of each groomsman’s favorite alcohol on top of the boxes that held their gifts.

Clothing can be a great gift. A graphic t-shirt with great design can be something all the groomsmen would love. One couple gave each of their groomsmen a pair of personalized sneakers. Some personalized sneakers that have been used as gifts for groomsmen have the groomsman’s name vertically on the back of the shoe. This gives the shoe a personal touch without being too garish. Pocket watches are becoming wildly popular groomsmen gifts.

Homemade objects tend to indicate that a great deal of time and thought was put into the gift. Mosaics, garden accents, or wall art can be incredible groomsman gifts. If you’re not the creative crafter, you can get some help with a website that sells handcrafted items like Etsy or Scoutmob.com. There are vast possibilities on these sites from personalized pocket knives to upcycled pallet wall art to messenger bags with vintage graphics.

For more ways to make your wedding a remarkable success for everyone involved, please visit the Best for Bride blog.

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The Groom’s Guide—How involved should you be in wedding planning?

1Congratulations on your engagement! Now that the inevitable’s happened, and your lady love has agreed to share her life with you, what do you do next?

Don’t be surprised if your level-headed and practical fiance has already taken on her new part-time job—wedding planning, and while you are wondering about what colors and flowers she talks about all the time, don’t forget that you too have to be involved in planning your marriage. Well, atleast to a certain extent! If you thought the safest thing to do is to nod “Yes honey”, we have some news for you! Better listen to what’s going on, or you’ll regret it later.

While your bride goes ahead with planning “most” of the wedding, here is information on where you should step in and lend a hand!

Money matters

When a woman becomes a bride, cutting down costs suddenly becomes an alien concept. This is where you enter the show. Be there when she plans the guest list and the venue. This will account for a huge part of the wedding budget, so make sure you help with sorting out who has to be there and who doesn’t.

Similarly, set a maximum amount for booking the venue and decorating it. Women are often taken in by the look of a place, and once they are bowled over, there is no taking it back. So, take the initiative to search out alternate venue locations before going to see her suggestion. Ease her into the idea that she can get what she wants for a lesser price. Make it your responsibility, and not only will your bride remember how considerate you were to help her, you will also save some money.

Often ask about the wedding, and offer to help

There is usually a point in the engagement when the bride bursts out into tears and complains that the groom doesn’t care about the wedding. Well, you do, but not with the obsession that she has! But, for her sake and yours, ask about the plans and progress every now and then. Lend a ear when she pours out her frustrations over which shade of peach goes with the green in the décor. You may not have the slightest idea of what she is talking about, but peace with reign!

Your few responsibilities include finding a good tux, picking your groomsmen and getting in shape for the wedding. So, do these with gusto, and she will be proud of you.

Be involved in things that matter to you

You do not have to touch the invitations, flowers or wedding shopping. Let her handle it. Where the cake is concerned, make suggestions only if you are asked. Nevertheless, go along and enjoy all the tasting sessions she plans.

Instead, concentrate on the wedding music. Be involved in deciding which songs ought to be played, and definitely those that shouldn’t be.

One mistake grooms make is to avoid the wedding registry. It’s your folly. If you want other gifts besides than silver tea cups and pretty home ornaments, you will have to register at places of your choice too. So, make sure you do!

For more wedding related tips and advice both for the bride and the groom, check out our website at Best for Bride.

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Wedding Tips for the Groom

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Not a lot of focus is placed on the groom on the wedding day, but obviously he is a pretty important part of the celebration. While everyone is fussing over the bride’s dress and making sure that the flowers are just right, there are some things that the groom should be doing to make sure that he survives the big day too.

Express your Opinion

Your bride will probably ask your opinion at one point or another and it is best to have one to offer. Even if you do not involve yourself with much of the planning, make sure that you choose a few items that are your own idea. Even though it may be all about her, you should be represented at the wedding as well.

Have Fun

Walking around registering for gifts for your new home may not be your cup of tea, but try to make it a fun trip. Besides, you can add some things to the registry that will help you out in your new home. You may even find that some of your friends are willing to pick up the item just for you. You should also remember that the items that your bride is choosing are something you will have to live with too. You want to make her happy, but you should like the items as well.

Give your Bride a Break

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Wedding planning is stressful, especially if your groom isn’t involved at all (hint…hint). Make sure that you give her a break from time to time so that she won’t lose her cool before the big day. Cook her dinner, watch a movie or better yet chip in with the planning details. Having you by her side will make it all worth it. It may even be helpful if you suggest hiring a wedding planner to help with some of the more difficult details as well.

Control your Side

Whether it’s keeping tabs on an unruly groomsman that is late for everything or keeping your mother from calling your fiancé every day about wedding details, it is important that you help your bride maintain some order when you can. Make sure that you and all your guys are fitted and ready for the wedding when it arrives and help your bride to avoid blowing a gasket because of stress that has been created from your side of the aisle.

Be Sentimental

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To make the day even more special for your bride, plan a sweet surprise for her on your wedding day. It doesn’t have to be anything huge; sometimes sending a fresh bouquet of flowers or a nice note can make all the difference in the world. Plus, if you follow the tips listed above, your bride will be more than ready to meet you at the end of the aisle in front of your closest family and friends.

Best for Bride

Best for Bride can help make the wedding planning process a bit simpler by offering everything that a couple needs for their big day. They specialize in wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and even wedding décor.