Archive for March, 2012

The Best of the Web for Grooms – March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Have you found your best man yet? Our first guest post for Survive Wedding Season focuses on his list of duties. This is a must read before you ask a friend or family member to take on the job.

Looking to do something on the unique side for your rehearsal dinner? The Knot has a list of ten fun ideas.

Before you get your heart set on city to get married in, you should reference this list of the 20 most expensive places to tie the knot. We weren’t surprised at all to see who took the #1 spot.

Some can quickly be labeled “non-committal” if they wait too long to propose. But are there legitimate reasons for waiting? An article on HuffPo Weddings takes a look at this issue and offers a few suggestions on overcoming commitment issues.

Is there a such thing as too many wedding showers? We wrote a guest post for OneWed this week on how to handle shower overload. This might be a good one to pass along to your bride.

Expert Forum: Favorite Groom Summer Wedding Accessory

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

With summer right around the corner, it’s time for warm weather grooms to start thinking about which accessories they’ll be utilizing on their wedding day. To help get the conversation started, we asked a few of our favorite wedding industry experts to chime in on the topic. photo credit: long’s photography

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What’s your favorite way for the groom to accessorize for a summer wedding?

BRIAN LEAHY (Founder, The Groom Says)

The secret to summer accessorizing is not what you wear but what you don’t. If you think you’re sweating up there at the altar, how do you think Groom Jr. feels? So in the chaos of getting ready, take a minute to remember the ring but conveniently forget the boxer briefs. You may not be a free man anymore, but at least you can free-ball your way through the most important day in your life.

On a serious note … grooms should check out Good Heavens, Cape Town-based designers with affordable, all-cotton, summer-approved neckwear (I get compliments on my GH tie every time I wear it).

KARA HORNER (Blogger, The Man Registry)

Depending on the style of wedding, grooms can give a nod to the season with a pair of fabric or rope knot cufflinks that have a nautical feel to them. I also like to see the groom in lighter-colored suit (think gray, tan or khaki) in the summer months. That way, he can still look dapper and be a little more comfortable when it’s warmer outside. Think this or this.

IAN (Founder, A Groom’s Diary)

I’m not going to pretend to be a “guy’s guy.” I love sports but really only play golf and go to the gym.  I own tools but don’t really know how to use them.  And I definitely spend more on dry-cleaning every month than I do on guns and ammo, but I draw the line at “accessorizing.” If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and said, “I really need a ______ to spice up this outfit.”, it is probably time to talk to your counselor about your parents not signing you up for team sports as a child.

SHARON NAYLOR (Wedding Author, SharonNaylor.net)

With brides adding color to their summertime looks, in vivid aquamarine earrings or coral bangle bracelets, grooms also get a chance to Color It Up by skipping the ‘groom wears a white tie, vest and boutonniere flower’ and being the guy in the colored tie and boutonniere while his guys wear the all-white. We’re not talking 1980s promlike neons. We’re talking a long tie in that aquamarine or coral, or subtle aquamarine stripes in that black tie. Just a little pop of color. You might even use colored button covers or colorful cufflinks. One of the greatest summertime colorworks I’ve ever seen was the groom’s tie and flower chosen to match his own to-die-for light blue eyes, with the bride coordinating her blue earrings to match. Talk about a wedding photo pop of color!

Now that you’ve heard what our experts have to say, it’s your turn to chime in. What’s your favorite summertime wedding accessory for the groom (or bride)?

25 Alternative Bachelor Party Ideas

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Regardless of what the best man may think, it’s the groom who gets final say on what style of bachelor party he’ll have. If the man of the hour isn’t feeling the bar or strip club scene, don’t fret. There are countless other opportunities for fun and debauchery. Here are 25 of our favorite:

1. Shooting range
2. Camping/fishing trip
3. Action movie marathon
4. Rent a classic convertible and drive up California’s Pacific Coast Highway
5. Ultimate Frisbee/Disc Golf
6. Scavenger hunt
7. Flag football tournament
8. Wine/beer/whiskey tasting
9. White water rafting trip
10. Concert of a favorite band
11. ATV rental
12. Sporting event
13. Golf outing or Top Golf party
14. Video game marathon
15. NASCAR experience
16. Grilling or culinary class
17. Group trip to the barbershop, classic shaves for everyone
18. Paintball
19. Man vs. Food tour of your city or state
20. Ski/snowboarding trip
21. Wiffle ball!
22. Casino night
23. Learn how to play Rugby
24. Rodeo School
25. Spontaneous road trip: just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind

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Let’s grow this list. Make your addition by leaving a comment below.

[CONTEST] Hitting the Wedding Planning Wall? Refuel with Elebra

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Been nodding off during work? Sneaking away to take naps while you’re supposed to be drawing up the reception seating chart? The wedding elebraplanning stress crunch can take its toll on even the most focused brides and grooms. And let’s face it, Red Bull or 5 Hour Energy are only causing you to crash harder. Lucky for you, there’s a new product on the market that dubs itself “energy for the brain.” Meet Elebra.

Elebra is self-proclaimed productivity in a bottle. After many late, energy drink fueled nights, the product’s creators realized that while they may have the energy,  they didn’t have the focus to put to good use.  Their unique 21-ingredient formula helps support both energy levels and concentration. Read more about how Elebra works here.

To help celebrate Elebra’s launch, we’re giving away one bottle plus a bottle of Drinkwel. There are two ways to enter:

1.) Like our Facebook page and leave a comment telling us you want to win the Elebra prize pack.

2.) Leave a comment below telling us what the most stressful part of wedding planning has been so far.

On Monday March 26, we’ll select one winner at random. Good luck to all!

The Best of the Web for Grooms – March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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At this time, it’s safe to say that most of our NCAA brackets are toast. That’s what happens when two 15-seeds get first round wins. If this means you won’t be sticking around to watch the rest of the tournament, you could always start planning your March wedding by reading these top tips on incorporating March Madness into the reception.

Here’s a topic we bet you’ve never seen before: we helped GigMasters come up with groomsmen gift ideas to match up to popular wedding songs. There’s a Friends in Low Places reference, so what are you waiting for?

Heading out to register for gifts this weekend? Do yourself a favor and read the latest blog post from A Groom’s Diary first. Ian details experiences from his own registering excursion — including a failed attempt to register for tickets to a demolition derby. You can also help soften the blow of a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond by creating a registry with The Man Registry.

Even the best relationships can fall into periods of boredom. Our friends at Hitched Media have some suggestions for making fun a priority by sharing novel experiences with your spouse.

Pinterest board of the week: Manly Stuff by Art of Manliness.

He may have just been arrested, but that didn’t stop George Clooney from being named to MadeMan’s list of 7 smooth men to emulate. Other worthwhile entries: Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z.

Finally, we recently updated our Facebook profile to the new Timeline style. We’d love to hear your thoughts on our cover image selection. Head on over to our page and tell us what you think!

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