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Trend Watch: Men’s Wedding Bands and Accessories

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

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As brides everywhere (and of course, ZZ Top) will attest, there’s nothing better than seeing a sharp-dressed man waiting at the end of the aisle. Grooms, to ensure you look your best on the big day, it’s essential to plan your wedding look ahead of time and pay attention to details, and your accessories are no exception. Start with your most important accessory — your wedding band — and build from there.

Still searching for the right wedding band? If you want a ring that not only looks good, but makes you feel good, check out award-winning designer Danhov. Its collections include eco-friendly, handcrafted engagement rings constructed from a single wire without using molds or harsh chemicals, as well as bold and modern men’s wedding bands (pictured above). See Danhov’s range of wedding band designs here.

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If you’re looking for a classic or vintage-inspired design with a bit of flash, check out the Natalie K Beau collection (pictured above). The fine jewelry designer’s diamond-studded men’s options feature precious metals and quality craftsmanship.

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Once you’ve chosen your ring, adding a coordinating watch can really top off your look — and keep you on time for the big day’s events. Luxury Swiss Made Watches offers a wide selection of fine timepieces, from solid gold watches with diamond accents to stainless steel diving watches, from major brands like Breitling, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, MonteBlanc, Omega, Rolex, TAG Heuer and more.

Guys, what style of wedding band or watch are you considering sporting on your wedding day? Tell us in the comment section below.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Who needs another choreographed wedding party dance when you can invite this little boy wonder to dance at your wedding reception? This young man clearly marches to the beat of his own drum, and it’s awesome. Check out his killer dancing skills here, first spied on TIME.

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Photo: Tina Fineberg, The New York Times

One wedding trend we firmly stand behind is injecting the groom’s personal style into the big day. Penguin suits are no longer de rigueur for the groom and his groomsmen. This groom, for example, wore an off-white dinner jacket to his wedding, which coordinated nicely with the bride’s ivory gown. We love the idea of grooms breaking the traditional mold and wearing something a little less expected that matches his personality on the wedding day, whether it’s a different colored suit that helps him stand out from the groomsmen, a short-sleeved button-down and suspenders, or fun accessories, such as colorful socks and Converse Chucks.

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This groom gave his bride the moon – literally. At this Burning Man wedding, the groom presented his beloved with a custom, 3D-printed ring boasting a piece of a moon rock. While this kind of celestial ring may not appeal to every bride, this grooms scores major points for originality and personality. Top that, gents.

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You’ve heard of a cash bar, but believe it or not, pay-to-eat weddings also exist. Apparently, in some areas, such as Quebec City, Canada, this is considered normal. There’s no word on this becoming a trend in the U.S. anytime soon, and “let’s hope not,” said every wedding guest ever. There are certainly plenty of other ways to cut wedding costs, without putting the onus on your guests.

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

 

The Best of the Web for Grooms – June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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To capture her amazing, candid reaction to the big question, our friends at bridal jewelry retailer Robbins Brothers and photography company Paparazzi Proposals have teamed to offer special pricing on proposal planning and engagement photos. Through the partnership, Robbins Brothers is offering its engagement ring customers exclusive pricing on any Paparazzi Proposals Package. Several future grooms have already taken advantage of the packages.

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Want to take your wedding day look to the next level? Enter the Wonderbund, a reversible tuxedo cummerbund that’s “business” in the front and “party” in the back (just like the infamous mullet ‘do), for the groom and groomsmen. Perfect for the ceremony, one side of the Wonderbund is traditional black satin. When it’s time to cut a rug at the reception, it flips over to reveal a variety of fun patterns, such as a gold-encrusted “Champ” wrestling belt, American flags, mustaches, lobsters, sharks and more. Go ahead now, show off your wild side.

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Ever wonder about the origins of the blessed game of beer pong? And what exactly are the official rules anyway? We’re a little foggy on that, too, for some reason. Depending on where you live in the United States, the answers can often vary. Our friends at the Thrillist break it down for you, once and for all.

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

5 Keys to the Groom’s Wedding Day Look

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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photo creditShannon Lee Images

Contrary to popular belief, the bride isn’t the only one who has big decisions to make about her wedding day attire. Today’s grooms are also finding unique and creative ways to showcase their personal style for the big day. Whether it means incorporating superhero socks or putting your groomsmen in bowties while you rock a skinny tie, the options for creating your personal style are limitless and deserve some serious attention. Here’s a simple, five-step guide to putting your look together.

To tux or not to tux. That’s right, fellas. Being a groom doesn’t mean you have to don a tux or even a suit anymore. The key is to follow the overall style and theme of your wedding. Having a rustic, outdoor barn wedding? Consider wearing suit pants with suspenders and a tie or bowtie, but ditch the jacket. If you and your bride are planning a formal church wedding, a tux or nice suit may be the most appropriate choice. Discuss the overall essence of the wedding with your bride and come to a decision together.

Determine the color scheme. By now you and your bride have probably chosen the main colors for your wedding. Use those color choices as a jumping off point to determine the colors of your own attire. Are the bridesmaids wearing green? If so, consider finding a matching green accessory such as a tie, bowtie or pocket square. Your bride may already have a strong opinion on what colors you wear, so plan to make this decision together. Is your bride wearing a white gown or a different color?. The key is to make sure that the colors in your attire nicely complement the bride’s and bridesmaids’ attire.

Find a key accessory. Once you’ve determined the major part of your wedding day look, it’s time to have some fun making it your own. Find a signature accessory that’s specific to you and your personal style. Your wedding day is the perfect time to showcase a bit of your personality and style, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Some grooms choose to wear brand new, trendy sneakers with their suit, while others wear their favorite bowtie. We’ve seen comic-fanatic grooms wear superhero socks and hipster grooms wear vintage-inspired, floral skinny ties. Are you a “Mad Men” fan? Add a pocket square to your suit jacket. The options are limitless and range from black suspenders with silver studs for the rock ‘n roll groom to suspenders and a cowboy hat for the country groom. The key is to get creative and enjoy expressing your style. And as always, discuss your ideas with your bride.

Think outside the boutonniere. We love boutonnieres, but they can be tricky. Traditionally, boutonnieres are included as part of the floral arrangements for the wedding. If your bride has her heart set on a traditional floral boutonniere, this may not be the place for you to get creative. But if your bride is open to less traditional boutonnieres, this is a unique and fun way to express your style as a couple. Think of a hobby you and your bride enjoy doing together or something you’re passionate about and try to integrate that into your boutonniere. Do you play golf together on the weekends? Why not incorporate a golf tee into your boutonniere? Are you a musician? There are actually many awesome, yet classy guitar pick boutonnieres. Etsy and Pinterest have a lot of unique boutonniere ideas and are great sources of inspiration. The key is embrace thinking outside the traditional boutonniere concept.

Differentiate yourself from your groomsmen. Let’s be honest, you and your bride should be the cream of the crop on your wedding day. Just as the bridesmaids typically wear a different ensemble from the bride, the looks your groomsmen wear should differ from yours as well. The key is to find one specific element that helps differentiate you from your groomsmen. Perhaps you wear a tie with your suit and your groomsmen don’t. Love vintage? Why not wear old fashioned black and white Oxfords, while your groomsmen sport standard black dress shoes. Some grooms wear a vest and jacket, while their groomsmen simply don a vest. The choice is yours and there’s no right or wrong decision. Check out Pinterest to get some ideas of what your choices might look like together. And as always, discuss your ideas with your bride as well.

What will be unique about your wedding day look?

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The Groom’s Three Wedding Day Bands

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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Your wedding day is all about you and your lucky bride. But it is also about the three B’s, which in this case are the band that plays your reception, the band your fiancée is ready to put on your finger and the cummerbund you are stuck squeezing around your fat gut. You want to know you made the right choice for all three of these Bs.

To find a killer band to perform at your wedding, you first have to determine what you and your bride want in your band. Do you want a band that performs original songs, cover songs or both? What kind of music do you prefer? If the wife-to-be hates country music, do yourself a favor and don’t book a country music band. Otherwise your wedding night could be kind of lonely.

When you know what you want in a band, ask around for recommendations. If you know someone who has recently gotten married or someone who is in a band, ask them to recommend a great band for your wedding. Sometimes word of mouth is the most honest form of advertising out there.

Once you have some bands in mind, contact each band and discuss your needs with them. If you come to a formal agreement, make sure you get it in writing; otherwise you might be in for an unpleasant surprise on your wedding day.

Speaking of your wedding day, the next of the three Bs is your wedding band. Not the one you hopefully just hired, but the one your beloved will put on your ring finger as a symbolic part of the happiest day of your life.

Be prepared for the fact that you and your lovely bride picking out your wedding bands will rank right up there among the happiest days of her life, if not yours too. If you hate shopping as much as most men do, you will likely want to get this shopping trip done as soon as possible so you can get home to your big screen TV and your favorite sports network. Just remember that the wedding band you pick out will be on your ring finger every day for the rest of your life, so you might as well take the time to find one you won’t mind wearing.

Every guy wants a manly looking wedding band as opposed to one that looks like it belongs on his bride-to-be. You want your wedding band to be as tough and bad ass as you are, or at least as tough and bad ass as you want people to think you are. While she can probably find a wedding band pretty easily, you might not have as many decent choices. This is why lots of men buy their soon to be bride’s wedding band at a brick-and-mortar jewelry store but buy their own online.  In addition to the traditional gold and platinum wedding bands, the very manly men’s tungsten wedding bands are available in a variety of designs, metal combinations and lazer etching. You can see an example here.

Once you have the first two Bs picked out, it’s time for the most uncomfortable B of all, the cummerbund. While you may not want to wear one on your wedding day at all, chances are your fiancée has already acquired you one that is the exact same color as her bridesmaid’s dresses. This is because women have this compulsion to have everything match everything else on their wedding day. So as much as you know you don’t want to squeeze your gut into a cummerbund, you know you’re going to have to anyway. Because the last thing you want on your wedding day is a ticked off bride-to-be.

By Vincent La Rosa, TungstenWorld.com

Will you be shopping online for your wedding bands? Tell us why or why not in the comment section below.

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