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Behold the 15 Best Groomsman Gifts of 2015

January 27th, 2015


photo: Lindy Truter

Looking to shop outside the box for your groomsmen gifts? We have creative gift ideas for the partyers, foodies, sports fans and beyond. Here are our 15 favorite gift ideas for 2015.engraved keg-shaped beer mug

1. Personalized Keg Mug ($27.95). Keg stands are old news. If you and your groomsmen want to take it to the next level, just fill this engraved, keg-shaped beer mug to the brim and commence a full-on keg chug to kick off your bachelor party or wedding weekend. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

custom wall mounted bottle opener with steel cap catching bucket

2. Personalized Wall Mounted Bottle Opener + Capcatcher ($49.95). This customized bottle opener with cap-catcher is the real deal. Mount it on a backyard fence, basement wall or in the man cave and start crackin’ em open! [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

monthly small-batch artisan hot sauce club

3. Fuego Box Subscription ($27.95 to $29.95 per month). Does your best man love hot sauce? If so, this is a subscription box he’ll really be able to get behind! Members receive two to three small-batch, artisan hot sauces per month. Rumor also has it that a little something extra is included in the first shipment.

handcrafted 4pc. mlb marble team coaster sets

4. Marble MLB Coaster Sets ($44.95). These officially licensed four-piece marble coaster sets are true works of art that any baseball fan will appreciate. Every set contains four handcrafted coasters, each featuring a different version of the selected team’s logo. With all 30 MLB teams available, you’ll have no problem finding each groomsman’s favorite squad. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

handcrafted pen made from bourbon barrel and machine gun bullet

5. Engraved Whiskey Barrel-Bullet Pen ($66.95). Ever wondered what you’d get if you gave a master craftsman a bourbon barrel and a fired 50 caliber machine gun bullet? The answer is a bad-ass pen that any guy would love to add to his office repertoire.

manly scented candles

6. Man-cans ($9.50 each). These uniquely-scented (man) candles will bring a touch of manliness to any room. Scents include Fresh Cut Grass, Memphis Style BBQ, New Car and our favorite: Sawdust.

handsome, sleep pocket watch

7. Midnight Pocket Watch ($34.95). A tried and true gift idea, this sleek, handsome pocket watch features a 14-inch chain, Quartz movement and can be engraved with up to three lines of personalization. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

craft beer cooler that's available in three colors and can be embroidered

8. Custom Craft Beer Coolers ($39.95). These craft beer coolers are great for toting beer to the bachelor party, couple’s shower or other manly pre-wedding activities. Choose from three cooler colors and have each groomsman’s initial embroidered on the front at no extra cost! [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

custom photo footballs

9. Customized Photo Football ($35 to $55). Solidify your wedding party as the greatest team ever assembled with these tremendous, customized photo balls. The personalization process is easy at

custom leather branded grilling gloves

10. Personalized Leather BBQ Gloves ($39.95). Are your groomsmen grill masters? If so, these durable, leather grilling gloves are both a unique and practical gift idea. In addition to offering safety and comfort, each recipient’s initials are cattle-branded on the right-hand glove. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

grooming kit modleed to look like a us army field kit

11. Military Field Grooming Kit ($65). This manly grooming set is packaged in a vintage U.S. Army supply kit and includes soap, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream and a screwdriver (why not?).

drinking horn plus stand for groomsman gifts

12. The “Das Horn” ($24.99). To borrow a phrase from Fight Club, how much can you know about yourself if you’ve never chugged beer from a horn? The “Das Horn” holds 24 ounces, includes a stand and has a removable neck strap that allows you to go hands-free when necessary. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

wayfarer designed sunglasses with bottle openers

13.  The Pryfarer: Bottle Opener Sunglasses ($47.95). Love those group photos of the groom and groomsmen sporting matching sunglasses? Bring some serious style to your wedding party with these unique Wayfarer-style sunglasses that have bottle openers built into each end. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

wooden indoor putter set that works great as a groomsman gift

14. Personalized Indoor Putter Set ($44.95). Repeat after me: Every guy needs a putting set in his office, den or man cave. This wood set contains a right-handed putter, two golf balls and a practice cup. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

cufflinks with initials engraved on them

15. Initial Cufflinks ($25.99). Add a touch of personalization for each groomsman with these handsome accessories. Each 3mm cufflink is handmade from think walnut wood. The lettering is laser cut and topped with a clear lacquer for protection.


Which of these gifts would your best man and groomsmen like most? Share a comment below.

Expert Forum: What are the Top Groom Trends for 2015?

January 25th, 2015

what are 2015's top wedding trends for the groom?

photo: Annie McElwain Photography

Although it may still be frigid outside, spring (and wedding season) are thankfully right around the corner. With it, new ideas and movements will rise while last year’s fade away. To investigate what trends we can expect to see rising in popularity on the groom’s side over the coming months, we gathered some of our favorite wedding experts and asked them the following question:

With men’s voices increasingly become stronger in the world of weddings, what do you expect to see as the top groom trends in 2015?

Harmony Walton (Owner, The Bridal Bar)
Twitter: @bridalbar

With grooms taking even more of an active role in the wedding planning process, we get to see more of their personalities and likes expressed in the day’s events, which I love! From more bold fashion statements (think colored suits, mixing of prints on a shirt and tie and even creative boutonnieres reflecting their favorite things) to bands and entertainment that show off their love of a certain genre or era like 80s music or even a specific entertainer or style of dance, grooms’ styles are everywhere!  His inspiration can also be spotted in the event design. More masculine color palettes are more popular than ever, as well as darker tones, like Marsala — the Pantone 2015 color of the year — or pairings with greens, browns and even oranges.  In 2015, weddings are getting more colorful and gender neutral, which is a subtle nod to his influence on the big day.

Tracey Lyles (Social Media & PR, Robbins Brothers)
Twitter: @robbinsbrothers

Presentation is everything! From picking out the perfect ring that she’ll love, to planning a marriage proposal that is tailored to the couple’s specific interests and romantic milestones, we predict that hopeful grooms will become even more engaged and enamored with the proposal planning process! After all, the two questions women are asked right after they become engaged are: 1) Let me see the ring and 2) How did he propose? We’ll definitely see men spending more time, effort and interest in creating the perfect proposal.

Kara Horner (Editor, GroomsAdvice)
Twitter: TMR_Kara

In 2015, I expect to see more grooms incorporate vintage and family throwback elements into their weddings, whether it’s with a vintage or heirloom engagement ring, wedding day attire — such as suspenders and bowties for the guys, reception décor — like displaying wedding photos or keepsakes from the parents and grandparents, or transportation — such as leaving the wedding in a streetcar or an awesome vintage getaway car.

James Bennett (Owner, Firefly Group Events)
Twitter: @firefly_events

It’s a highly visible world now. Life events like weddings are seen by everyone. I think because of that visibility men are starting to cultivate the image that emerges. I’ve seen far more weddings where the groom’s input is visually obvious. Ten years ago, the only people who saw your wedding photos were the ones who visited your house for dinner. Now, everyone sees them. Men have begun to care. I think that visibility influences bachelor parties as well. We’re seeing more and more shot-by-shot recounts of parties, which can introduce caution, but can also lead to a greater sense of adventurism. We want people to see us go big with our friends on a crazy adventure — ones that seem to skew less toward epic debauchery, for the most part. Expect adventures, GoPros, and more video one-upmanship from bachelors in 2015.

Brian Watkins (President, Ritani)
Twitter: @ritani

The emerging trend this year is in the amount of detail and finish available in men’s wedding bands. The classic band is still very popular, but now you can find subtly brushed finishes or paneling, which lends rings a modern edge. Grooms now have a wider range of options to take a classic look and mold it to their own sense of style.

Chris Easter (Co-founder, The Man Registry)
Twitter: @chriseaster

I’m a big fan of creative groom’s cakes. I love seeing hobbies such as fishing, golf and video gaming turned into amazing works of edible art. In fact, as a huge baseball fan myself, my groom’s cake was modeled after the St. Louis Cardinals’ logo. Yet I sense a turn toward more formal groom’s cakes in 2015. Some recent favorites can be seen here and here.


You’ve heard what our experts think, now tell us what trend(s) you expect to see as big hits with the guys this year.

8 Lovely Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

January 14th, 2015


On the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart? Here are eight of our favorite gift ideas for her. For extra points, make sure to pair your gift with some fresh flowers and a handwritten card. That’s how you handle Valentine’s Day like a boss.


1. Engraved Keepsake Box with Cork Board Interior ($56.95). Include a few mementos from special dates in your relationship, such as a ticket stub from your first date, a monogrammed cocktail napkin or favor from your wedding day or plane tickets from a favorite vacation [buy here].


2. Round Four-Prong Basket Diamond Stud Earrings ($525-$925). Perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions such as weddings, she’ll never want to take off these gorgeous round diamond stud earrings from Ritani [buy here].


3. Dead Sea Mud Bath Spa Kit Gift Bag Set ($51). Give her the gift of relaxation with this spa kit, which includes 9 ounces of mud bath, a 4-ounce scrub soap bar, a 3-inch sponge and 2 ounces of mineral salt bath [buy here].

monogramed glass shadow jewelry boxes

4. Custom Glass Shadow Jewelry Box ($34.95). This pretty personalized glass shadow box is ideal for housing jewelry, hair accessories or special mementos [buy here].


5. Monogrammed Leather Zip Wristlet ($149). This colorful monogrammed leather wristlet is perfect for holding her essentials — cards, cash, phone and more — on date nights [buy here].


6. Kate Spade New York ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ Bangle ($32). This beautiful rose gold bracelet will not only remind her of you, but to take time to enjoy life’s little moments. Bonus points: Pair it with a bouquet of roses [buy here].


7. Heart Book Box ($55). Bookworms will love this antique hidden book box. Fill it with a personalized note, trinket, candy or jewelry [buy here].


8.  Vintage Skeleton Key Necklace ($34.95). Remind her that she carries the key to your heart with this beautiful, one-of-a-kind vintage key necklace [buy here].

Which of these gift ideas would be perfect for your significant other? Tell us in the comment section below.


5 Hair Tips for Grooms

January 6th, 2015



Odds are when you envision your wedding day look, the James Bond theme music will play in your head as you see yourself decked out in your suit or tux, looking sharp—very sharp. One thing Bond never had to worry about was a bad hair day. He always looked debonair, no matter what. With these five easy grooming tips, your hair will look just as polished in no time.

1. Mind your diet. Healthy hair starts with a healthy diet. It’s important to eat well balanced meals and drink plenty of water to flush toxins and keep your body and hair well hydrated and looking healthy. If you haven’t gotten on the healthy eating bandwagon yet, now’s the time to start.

barber shop

2. Schedule a haircut a few weeks out. Instead of assuming you’ll have no trouble getting a quick chop before the wedding, save yourself the last-minute scramble and book an appointment with your barber or stylist two to four weeks before the wedding day.

3. Avoid any major style changes. Right before the big day isn’t the time to try out a buzz cut if you’re hair is normally longer or experiment with a Mohawk. It’s best to go with what you know to look your best and get a nice trim instead. If you’re set on a major change, try it out six months in advance, so it can grow out if it isn’t everything you expected.

Regenepure DR

4. Address hair loss or thinning. Worried about your receding hairline or thin spots? You’re not alone. Check out the Regenepure line from Salonceuticals before the big day. Doctor-recommended for all hair types, the Regenepure DR hair and scalp treatment contains Ketoconazole, which blocks the production of the hormone DHT—the main cause of hair loss in men. The intensive and restorative formula combats dandruff and build-up, while Jojoba oil adds moisture, shine and volume to thin and lifeless hair.

5. Employ styling aids. Make sure to wash and condition your hair on the wedding day to start with a fresh and healthy foundation. Seeing flakes recently? Use a dandruff-busting formula for a few days beforehand. Then rely on a tried-and-true styling product designed for your hair type, whether it’s pomade, wax, gel or mousse to add light hold, control flyaways and frizz, and keep your ‘do locked in all day.

What wedding day hair style are you planning to rock on your wedding day? Let us know in the comment section below.

How to Film Your Proposal Like a Champ

December 22nd, 2014

The pressure’s on. Your girlfriend has already been pinning this wedding and the proposal hasn’t even happened yet. Then there are all those YouTube proposal videos she’s mentioned. You want to live up to her hopes, but how should you film the big question to share with her friends and family later? Here a few tips to get the engagement kicked off in high gear.

Location, Location, Location

helicopter proposal video

Keep in mind where you’ll be proposing, so you have your personal paparazzi in the right spot. In this video, Lawrence proposed in a helicopter. As family and friends waited on the beach, he had the pilot set up a GoPro on the dashboard and the rest is history. Read more about their proposal story here.

Pro tip: Try to include video from as many angles as possible (including friends’ smartphones) when proposing at a gorgeous location. You can cut it all together later.

Line Up Your Paparazzi


In this video, Kwaku told Kiana that they were going to the beach with friends to practice shooting sunset shots with her brand new camera. Of course, her friend convinced Kiana that she needed to borrow the camera to get some shots of Kiana (and so she could record the proposal)! Read more about their proposal story here.

Pro tip: Make sure to hold the camera sideways to avoid the black bars.

Know Your Equipment

Whether you film on a GoPro, DSLR or smartphone, it’s important to understand your equipment. Some things to look out for:

  • - Don’t put your hand over the microphone.
  • - Hold the camera/phone with two hands to get a steady shot.
  • - Unless you want a silhouette shot, make sure the light is in front of the proposal. If it’s behind the couple, they’ll appear in darkness.

Editing the Video

James proposed at his firehouse during a special banquet. One of his buddies filmed the proposal from the audience. Even the city mayor was in on this special presentation! See the full proposal story here. Jennifer also used the proposal video clip in her highlight video of the wedding.

Pro tips for editing:

  • Try to keep the video under 3 minutes, so more of your friends and family will watch it.
  • - Photos look great with video and can tell more of the story in a shorter time period.
  • - If possible, include scenes from when you were dating all the way through the proposal in one short video.
  • - Get photos and full resolution video clips from your friends’ phones. Low-resolution videos (such as those from texts, emails, or many photo apps) will make you look like a Lego mini-figure in an edited video.

For your proposal video, line up your paparazzi and equipment ahead of time, know where they’ll stand, and the rest should work itself out. Oh, and don’t forget the ring!

Have questions about editing it together later? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

About the author: Ariane Fisher is the Co-founder of Storymix Media. Their wedding video app WeddingMix is a fun way to crowdsource photos & videos from your friends into an edited wedding video. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has been selected as a top 10 Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 from Entrepreneur Magazine. Her great loves are bourbon, chocolate, and hockey. She is mom to 6, yes 6 kids. It’s loud.


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