Groom's Wedding Blog from TheManRegistry.com

Beyond 4Cs: Educate Yourself Before Buying Her Ring

November 17th, 2014

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As many men can attest, the diamond buying process can be pretty daunting, to say the least. With so much information (and misinformation) out there, it can be tough to cut through the clutter and find the best tips to really prepare you for this major life purchase: her engagement ring.

That’s where Beyond 4Cs comes in. Created by a GIA diamond graduate, the informational website walks readers through every important step of the diamond buying process, including the four Cs and why they’re so vital, how diamonds are graded, the different diamond shapes available (such as the popular cushion cuts), major jeweler reviews and guides, and even how to properly care for diamonds.

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Education is key, especially when it comes to a purchase as important as this one. If you plan on shopping for her engagement ring soon, check out the Beyond 4Cs step-by-step diamond buying guide. It’s a great place to begin your research before you ever set foot inside a jewelry store.

What diamond shape are you planning to purchase? Tell us in the comment section below.

[Giveaway] Win a Pair of GroomSocks to Warm His Feet

November 12th, 2014

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Brides: Looking for a creative gift for your groom that he’ll actually use? We recently discovered GroomSocks, which offers awesome embroidered socks that make perfect wedding day gifts for the groom (or even the groomsmen or fathers). These fun, high-quality dress socks, which are available in a wide range of sock and embroidery colors, feature several verse options.

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Crack up the groom with a whimsical style that says “In Case You Get Cold Feet” or “I Gave Her Rocks, She Gave Me Socks,” or go the sentimental route for the father of the bride with something like “Of All Our Walks, This Is My Favorite” or “By Your Side Every Step of the Way.” You can even personalize the socks with your wedding date.

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Available in solid colors (black, chocolate brown, grey, tan/stone, navy blue, white) or patterns (argyle, stripes and polka-dots), GroomSocks can even match socks to the selection of David’s Bridal colors or custom match socks to your bridesmaid dresses or wedding colors.

Best of all, GroomSocks is giving away one pair of GroomSocks to one of our lucky readers! Simply enter the giveaway below via Rafflecopter and like the GroomSocks Facebook page. Follow GroomSocks on Instagram for an additional entry. Good luck!

Giveaway details:

- Prize: One (1) Pair of Groom Socks, in choice of verse and color, from GroomSocks
- Enter between 11/12/14-11/19/14 (11:59pm CST) via Rafflecopter widget below
- Winner will be randomly selected, announced and notified via email on 11/20/14
- Winner has one week to respond to email or new winner will be selected
- Prize value: $35; no cash value
- Free shipping included to U.S. only
- Winner has 90 days from notification to claim prize
- Giveaway open only to U.S. residents of at least 18 years of age
- No purchase necessary
- Past giveaway winners within 30 days are ineligible to win

 

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The Best of the Web for Grooms – November 7, 2014

November 6th, 2014

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If you’ve ever scoffed at those cheesy, staged photos where the wedding party’s jumping in the air or striking super-unnatural poses, you’ll love this photographer’s humorous take on staged pre- and post-reception photos.

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Photo – Jesi Haack Design

Stumped on bachelor party ideas? Zero Point Zero, the production company behind “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Brew Masters,” is casting a new major cable network series that will give grooms and their guy friends the ultimate bachelor party. If you’re more into ideas like jumping out of planes or hosting a private poker game with hand-rolled cigars than the usual strip club and casino outings, apply here. Good luck!

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Think it’d be cool to get hitched at 35,000 feet? Check out how these frequent fliers tied the knot on a recent Southwest flight.

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Looking for an original groomsmen gift? Create one-of-a-kind cigars for your crew with Custom Tobacco, by uploading your own design, choosing from a selection of premade bands, or using a customization tool to design your own band from scratch.

Still trying to nail down your ultimate wedding playlist? Check out Brad Paisley’s stellar suggestions and adjust accordingly.

 

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

 

10 Uncommon Groomsmen Gifts Found on Etsy

November 5th, 2014

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the pure volume of groomsman gift options available, most of which have been sorely overdone. Here’s looking at you, watches and flasks. Your wedding party members have always supported you and will stand beside you on your big day. Instead of thanking them with something they’ll end up using as a doorstop or hiding on a shelf, consider one of these 10 uncommon gift ideas available on Etsy.

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1. Handmade Leather Razor Bag ($38). Men who accessorize with leather always look more distinguished. These handsome bags will reinforce that statement. He’ll travel in style with his own personalized razor bag that’s designed to be used separately from a standard toiletry bag. His razors, shave cream and aftershave will now have their own storage place where they won’t rub up against his toothbrush, contact lens case and other bathroom necessities. [Purchase on Etsy]

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2. Engraved Beer Flight Tasting Paddle ($39.95). Line up your favorite brews and stage your own beer tasting with this paddle crafted from reclaimed red oak. The set comes with four mini pilsner glasses and features a leather hanging strap for easy storage on the wall or behind a bar. [Purchase on Etsy]

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3. Engraved Cigar Box ($28). Planning on lighting up some stogies with your best man and groomsmen on the wedding day? There’s no better gift for your crew than this rustic, walnut-colored cigar box. The box will hold around six to seven cigars and offers a personalized memory of the big day.  [Purchase on Etsy]

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4. Whiskey Barrel/Machine Gun Bullet Pen ($66.95). This unique pen is perfect for the man who has many leather-bound books and whose home smells of rich mahogany. The robust pen is half whiskey barrel (your choice of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam) and half 50 caliber machine gun bullet. That adds up to 100% awesomeness. Don’t forget to add the recipient’s initials. [Purchase on Etsy]

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5. Oak Barrel Mug ($56.95). How cool is this oak mug made from an authentic bourbon barrel? Available in two sizes (1/2 liter and 1 liter), the mug can be used for chugging beer or even sipping soup. It can also serve as a distinctive display piece for a home bar, den or office. [Purchase on Etsy]

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6. Wooden Mustache Bow Tie + Pocket Square Set ($49). Hunting for a gift that your boys can wear on the wedding day? These mustache bow ties from TwinsBowties are cool, stylish and very unique. You’ll also receive a pocket square that will help complete the group’s wedding day look. [Purchase on Etsy]

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7. Wooden Shot Glasses ($14.95). These cylindrical, handcrafted Mora Wood shot glasses are perfect for tippin’ a few back  in style during the bachelor party or other pre-wedding outing. Better yet: They can be engraved with a name, date or set of initials to add a touch of customization. [Purchase on Etsy]

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8. Custom Fishing Lure ($16). There are few things in life more enjoyable than hitting the water, cracking open some cold ones and throwing in a line with your buds. This custom fishing lure is personalized with a mustache and three lines of text. Just make sure the recipient knows how to tie a good knot. This is one lure you don’t want sitting at the bottom of the lake. [Purchase on Etsy]

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9. Personalized Hammer ($49). It doesn’t get any more manly than giving your best man a hammer with his name engraved on it. This stellar creation from the CarolinaHighCotton Etsy shop also works for Father’s Day, birthdays and holiday stocking stuffers. They even have a mini size just for kids. [Purchase on Etsy]

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10. Engraved 1 Liter Bourbon Cask ($57.95). We may have saved the  best for last. These mini bourbon aging barrels are as legit as they get. They’re designed so the novice distiller can create his own blend of bourbon using store-bought ingredients. Available in three sizes with free engraving included. [Purchase on Etsy]

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You know your groomsmen better than we do. Which of the 10 gifts featured above would they like most? Let us know in the comment section below.

Spotted: Camo Wedding Bands for the Groom

October 14th, 2014

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Finding the right wedding band can often be a daunting prospect for many guys who aren’t used to wearing jewelry. Not loving some of the traditional wedding rings you’ve seen out there, grooms? Worried they all look the same or won’t stand up to everyday wear and tear? Relax; today’s post is just for you.

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We recently discovered this cool line of camo wedding bands (that’s right, camo!) from Tungsten World. Perfect for members of the military, hunters, outdoorsmen, or anyone looking for a truly unique wedding band, these rings not only look tough, but are made of extra-durable tungsten carbide or cobalt chrome.

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The exclusive camouflage patterns of these rugged tungsten rings for men are laser engraved directly onto the rings, which remain smooth and comfortable to wear. Available in 6mm or 8mm widths, the camo wedding bands come in a choice of ring styles including domed, pipe-cut or beveled tungsten and cobalt chrome, to fit your individual taste.

Which one of these wedding bands would you wear on the big day? Tell us in the comment section below.

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