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The Ultimate March Madness Groomsman Gift Guide

March 25th, 2015

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Thinking about incorporating March Madness into your wedding party gifts? This is a perfect time of year to give your groomsmen a gift featuring their beloved basketball team or alma mater. Here are a few of our favorite NCAA-themed groomsmen gift ideas.

This stainless steel grill spatula, which includes a handy bottle opener on the handle, lets you to imprint your favorite team's logo into your meat as you grill.

1. NCAA Collegiate Sportula: Grill Spatula w/ Bottle Opener, $29.95. A great gift for both college basketball fans and grill masters, this stainless steel grill spatula, which includes a handy bottle opener on the handle, lets you to imprint your favorite team’s logo into your meat as you grill. Most teams available.

Perfect for adding subtle team spirit to dressy looks, these stylish, hand-stitched needlepoint cufflinks are set in a silver-plated setting and feature a bullet back closure.

2. NCAA Needlepoint Cufflinks, $55 and up. A gift he’ll love wearing on the wedding day and beyond, these stylish, hand-stitched  needlepoint cufflinks from Smathers & Branson add subtle team flair to his classy look. The handsome, ¾” needlepoint design is set in a silver-plated setting and features a bullet back closure. 20 popular teams available.

Each coaster in this set of four officially licensed NCAA collegiate "Boasters" is made of heavy-duty stainless steel with your team’s laser-cut logo and a cork backing.

3. NCAA 4pc. “Boasters” Coaster Set, $24.95. College hoops fans will love this set of four officially licensed NCAA collegiate “Boasters.” Each 4” x 4” durable coaster is made of heavy-duty stainless steel with your team’s laser-cut logo and a cork backing to protect furniture. 116 NCAA teams available.

This handmade bamboo cutting board engraved the University of Arizona basketball court and Wildcat eyes, makes a great gift for Arizona fans.

4. University of Arizona Basketball Bamboo Cutting Board, $46. This handmade bamboo cutting board engraved the University of Arizona basketball court and Wildcat eyes, makes a great team gift for any chef, foodie or BBQ master. The licensed cutting board measures 13.5″ x 12″ x 0.75″.

This USA-made, 14" stainless steel brand lets you sear your favorite team’s logo into steaks, burgers, chicken, pork, potatoes, buns and even pie crusts.

5. NCAA College Logo BBQ Branding Iron, $29.95. A perfect gift for guys who live for basketball, BBQs and tailgating, this USA-made, 14″ stainless steel brand lets you sear your team logo into steaks, burgers, chicken, pork, potatoes, buns and even pie crusts. The iron’s maple wood handle also features the laser-cut team name. Many popular teams available.

Ideal for preparing and serving a hearty breakfast, brunch or lunch in the same dish on game day, this officially licensed, 11.5” x 19.25” griddle is decorated with the name and logo of his favorite team.

6. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Griddle, $59.95. Ideal for preparing and serving a hearty breakfast, brunch or lunch in the same dish on game day, this officially licensed, 11.5” x 19.25” griddle is decorated with the name and logo of his favorite team. The griddle is easy to clean and is extra durable. Several teams available.

This personalized NCAA hoops locker room print, which sports his name on the center jersey and the school’s name on the two outside jerseys, is the perfect accessory for his man cave or office.

7. Personalized NCAA College Framed Basketball Locker Room Print, $79.95. This personalized NCAA hoops locker room print is the perfect accessory for his man cave or office. The print sports his name on the center jersey and the school’s name on the two outside jerseys. The print also features the school’s logo. Many popular teams available.

Perfect for game day, this Coleman 24-can, soft-sided cooler sports an embroidered NCAA team logo on the front and includes an adjustable carry strap with shoulder pad and a zippered closure to securely store beverages.

8. Coleman NCAA 24-Can Soft-Sided Cooler, $29.95. Perfect for game day, this Coleman 24-can, soft-sided cooler sports a full-color, embroidered NCAA team logo on the front. Made of durable 600-denier polyester, the officially licensed cooler features an adjustable carry strap with shoulder pad and a zippered closure to securely store beverages. Many teams available.

This matching pair of durable, officially licensed, stainless steel NCAA team koozies feature hand-crafted metal team logos and are designed to keep drinks cold for hours.

9. NCAA 2pc. Stainless Steel Can Holder Set, $24.95. Give his old  run-of-the-mill beverage koozies a major upgrade. This matching pair of durable, officially licensed, stainless steel NCAA team koozies feature hand-crafted metal team logos and are designed to keep drinks cold for hours. Many popular teams available.

Which of these NCAA items would be perfect for your groomsmen? Let us know in the comments section below.

9 St. Patrick’s Day Essentials

March 12th, 2015

Ready to get your party on this St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you enjoy observing your Irish heritage, partaking in a few Irish traditions, or simply sipping green beer, here are our nine favorite picks for celebrating on March 17th or any day of the year.

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1. Custom Cead Mile Failte Wooden Irish Pub Sign, $48.95. Looking for the perfect bar sign for your own personal Irish pub or man cave? This handsome wooden Irish pub sign, which sports a 3D clover and the Irish phrase “Cead Mile Failte,” or 100 Thousand Welcomes, is finished with a hand routed, gold pinstriped edge. Add a custom name to the top of the sign at no extra charge.

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2. Personalized Mini Mason Jar Whiskey Sampler Set, $46.95. Great for (Irish) whiskey lovers, this fun whiskey tasting set includes four mini engraved 4-ounce mason jars. The 17″, stained rubberwood paddle, which includes a hole for hanging, sports four carved out notches to hold the mason jars. Each of the five pieces in the set comes engraved with a single initial.

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3. Four Leaf Clover Cufflinks with Personalized Case, $24.95. This pair of four-leaf clover cuff links makes any dressier look seem even more polished. The lucky cuff links come packaged in an attractive black satin-lined, silver-tone case featuring up to two lines of personalization.

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4. Stout Beer Glass, $10.95. A great gift for stout lovers, this is the ultimate beer glass for enjoying perfectly crafted stouts. Crafted by Spiegelau of ultra pure quartz material, the uniquely shaped form of the glass enhances the dark brew’s roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes and foamy head.

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5. Personalized Home Bar Cap Catcher Bottle Opener, $49.95. This stainless steel bottle opener, which features an Irish-inspired tough guy tavern design, also sports a “catcher” for collecting the bottle caps. Perfect for your basement, man cave or garage, the 14″ x 3″ sturdy wood base mounts directly on your wall (hanging materials included). Available in seven personalized designs.

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6. Irish Blessing Print, $18. This sweet Irish blessing is laid out in an 8×10 chalkboard-style print. Perfect for decorating your house or home bar, the handmade artwork is printed on matte finish E-Surface Photo Paper.

7. Chalkboard Beer Mug, $19.95. Perfect for swigging your favorite brew on St. Patrick’s Day or any day, this hardy 27-ounce mug sports a chalkboard surface on for writing your name, message or drawing.

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8. Lucky Horseshoe Necklace with Sterling Silver Chain, $25. Available in gold, rose gold or silver, this sweet horseshoe charm is strung on a delicate sterling silver chain in a choice of lengths from 16 to 20 inches. Ideal for minimalists, this lucky necklace is a great choice for St. Patrick’s Day or every day wear.

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9. Kiss Me I’m Irish Tuxedo Shirt, $19.95. Heading out to a party or pub crawl this St. Patrick’s Day? This 100% preshrunk black cotton “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tuxedo t-shirt just may be the lucky charm you’ve been looking for to show off your Irish pride.

Which of these picks will grace your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year?

Groom Pulls Off International Scavenger Hunt Proposal

March 4th, 2015

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It’s safe to say this groom-to-be set the bar ridiculously high for his friends. (Good luck topping this one, gents!) Brett Arnold surprised his girlfriend with an incredible scavenger hunt that spanned the globe, resulting in one amazing proposal story for the travel-loving couple. Check out how he pulled it off here.

See any other impressive proposals recently? Tell as about them in the comments below.

Four Keys to Finding Your Wedding Photographer

February 16th, 2015

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You’ve finally popped the question. You met the perfect woman and knew she was the one. Now that you’re engaged, your bride-to-be is knee-deep in the wedding planning process. There’s so much to do and she’ll always appreciate your help, especially when it comes to finding your wedding photographer.

Once the wedding day has come and gone, the best way to remember it all is through you wedding photography. You’ll want to look back at your wedding photos on your anniversaries for years to come and remember the way she looked when you first saw her walk down the aisle, the tears in both of your eyes as you said “I do,” and the fun you had on the dance floor with your groomsmen and bridesmaids. Those memories will fade, but if you have a photographer capture those special moments, you can look back on them forever.

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So, how can you help your bride-to-be find the best photographer for your wedding? One great place to start is SnapKnot, where you can create a free account and be matched with photographers in your area and budget range. Once you find a few photographers that fit your needs, reach out and schedule a face-to-face meeting.

Here are four important details to cover when you meet with a wedding photographer.

1. Budget. Pricing is always important to ask about first and foremost. Make sure you know how much you’re able to spend and if the photographer’s services are within that budget. You’ll soon learn that there’s a wide range of wedding photography prices. For example, some photographers charge extra for mileage if they have to travel a certain distance, while others include that cost in their package fee. Some photographers also charge to have an assistant or a second shooter attend the wedding. (Read more on what makes one photographer cheaper than others.)

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2. Photography Style. Do you and your fiancée want your photographs to tell the story of your wedding day or have a list of posed family photos you want to make sure to capture? Ask to see the photographer’s past albums and photographs to get a feel of their photographic style. You should like all (or at least most) of the photos you see from a photographer to get a sense of their style, which is the same style they’ll use to photograph your wedding day. (See more wedding photography advice about photo styles.)

3. Products and Services Offered. Does your bride-to-be really want to do a trash-the-dress session or have an amazing engagement shoot? Do you both want a really great custom wedding album or a beautifully framed engagement photo with a matted frame that guests can sign at your wedding? It’s important to make sure the photographer offers every single item you want in their wedding packages. Also ensure that the quality and types of albums he or she creates are in line with your expectations and preferences.

4. Photographer’s Personality. Because the person you end up choosing to photograph your big day is so important, it’s always best to meet face to face beforehand to make sure you enjoy his or her personality and demeanor. This person will be with you while you’re hanging out with your groomsmen before the wedding, as you’re nervously waiting for your bride to walk down the aisle and throughout the entire reception. If you and the photographer have clashing personalities or something just feels “off” between the two of you, keep looking until you find someone you truly feel comfortable with.

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Helping your bride-to-be find your photographer should be more fun than stressful, but it’s important to start out by narrowing down a list of the best wedding photographers in your area and personally meeting with a few of them. Doing that initial research will certainly help you find the photographer you both trust and who will capture your special day exactly how you both imagined.

Grooms, have you learned any other helpful tips for booking your wedding photographer? Share them with us in the comments below.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – February 13, 2015

February 13th, 2015

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Not sure your best man is quite up to the task before him? It may be time to bring in a professional. One Jacksonville, FL-based man, Jake Overman, is billing himself as a Professional Best Man for hire, offering to help your actual (potentially clueless) best man with planning the bachelor party, honeymoon, wedding day attire, etiquette and speech-writing. And don’t worry, there’s professional help available for the ladies, too. Jen Glantz, Bridesmaid for Hire, is available to consult, assist with planning, facilitate pre-wedding events as well as support the bride and bridesmaids on the big day.

 

Think the last bachelor party you went to was cool? Think again. This lucky groom’s friends planned an epic bachelor party that turned him into Rambo for a day. We dare you to top that — just make sure to tell us about it.

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Looking for the perfect gift for your sports-loving groomsmen? Check out the amazing selection of officially-licensed and authenticated sports memorabilia and pro team man cave gear from Steiner Sports. Two great picks: the MLB team man cave signs and team subway sign wall art, both of which include game-used dirt. Of course, make sure to get yourself a little something while you’re at it.

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On the lookout for a tasty wedding favor that will leave your guests speechless (because their mouths will be full)? Chunky Pig might be just the ticket. Chunky Pig combines rare mushroom popcorn, dark chocolate and maple syrup to create the perfect blend of candied bacon caramel corn. The best part is that it’s free of gluten, dairy and hormones so everyone can enjoy it. You can shop the store here, but just don’t do it on an empty stomach.

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Tired of feeling like a jailor and lugging around that massive jumble of keys that barely fits in your pants pocket anymore? Definitely not a good look on the wedding day. Check out KeySmart, a universal and expandable Swiss army-style key holder that deftly consolidates up to 100 keys into a compact, minimalist package.

See any other groom-centric content or links this week? Share them with us in the comment section below.

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