Groom's Wedding Blog from TheManRegistry.com

Register for Your Future with Shareswell

September 8th, 2014

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As any engaged couple quickly discovers, weddings are expensive. Ever wish there was a way you could register for your financial future instead of another set of matching monogrammed towels? Meet Shareswell. The secure stock gifting site makes it quick and easy for couples to register for stocks, without ever having to leave the comfort of home. Simply create a registry of selected stocks, use a brokerage account to facilitate the trades, and then share your unique Shareswell URL with family and friends or post it to your wedding website.

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Setting up a Shareswell registry is free and you can use an existing brokerage account or open a new one to register for securities. The only fees involved are the credit card processing fees (2.9% + $0.55 per transaction), which gift givers pay at checkout. Your wedding guests can select stocks from your registry to purchase as well as add a gift message. If gift givers can’t find a couple’s registry, they also have the option to send a stock gift through Shareswell Give.

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When a gift is purchased, you’ll receive a gift notification e-mail with details about the purchase, and the cash value of the gift (net of processing fees) is transferred into your brokerage account. Once the funds clear, you can use the funds to purchase stocks listed on your registry.

A Shareswell registry is a great way for newlyweds to start saving for the future — whether you want to save for a down-payment on your first home, add to that nest egg, or simply pair it with a more traditional gift registry. Hey, maybe you’ll need towels for that first home, too!

What types of stocks would you add to your wedding registry? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

Photoshop Takes Groomsmen Shots from Typical to Epic

August 22nd, 2014

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Thought the groomsmen jumping photos from your friend’s wedding were cool? They’ve got nothing on these guys. With a little creativity and a lot of Photoshop, one crafty wedding photographer — Louisville, KY-based wedding photographer Shane Elliott — took these groomsmen photos from typical to next level. Check out the amazing before and after shots, first discovered here.

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Grooms, if you’re looking for a fun way to incorporate your favorite hobby, movie, artist or photo your wedding, this could be a great way to pull it off. Why not inject a little humor into some of your wedding photos?

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See any other amazing groomsmen photos recently? Share them with us in the comment section below.

 

Best Man Lets It Go at the Reception

August 21st, 2014

What’s better than the tried-and-true, traditional best man speech delivered at the wedding reception? When the best man belts out his original speech to the tune of “Let It Go” from the Disney hit “Frozen”, of course. Check out Best Man Joe’s rousing and creative number below, which we first spied here.

Witnessed or delivered your own impressive best man speech recently? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

How to Prioritize Your Budget for an Unforgettable Wedding

August 4th, 2014

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Did you know American couples spent an average of $28,427 on their weddings in 2012, according to TheKnot.com, and that figure is already on the rise? Undoubtedly, getting married isn’t an inexpensive proposition and every couple wants the magical memory of their wedding day to last a lifetime. So how can couples have their dream day without flying 1,000 guests to a European castle or remote island?

If you really to create a truly memorable event, managing your wedding budget is key. Allocate your spending in terms of longevity. Attach larger amounts to the wedding elements people will remember or keep after the big day, such as quality photography. Additionally, catering and venue pricing can vary greatly depending on the season, particular week, day of the week or even the time of day. Ask your caterer about all of your options. Floral is another area where you can save. For example, arrangements and bouquets made from local and in-season flowers will be less expensive than ones flown in. More modern simplified arrangements can also cut down on the number of flowers needed.

Just keep in mind that the memories of some of these elements will be fairly short-lived, so think about prioritizing your budget in terms of the elements that will inspire the fondest memories and last the longest. One perfect example is bridesmaids gifts. You’ll want to ensure that your bridesmaids wear similar and appropriate jewelry, so it makes sense to invest a bit more in gifts that will last forever. You may be surprised at what you can afford, such as natural-color champagne diamond jewelry.

Natural-color champagne diamond jewelry from the Argyle Mine in Australia is available at many jewelry stores with prices starting as low as $150. Not only are they affordable, but these pieces make great bridesmaids gifts because they perfectly symbolize the beauty, rarity and timelessness of a lifelong friendship. Diamonds grow over millions of years and like a true friendship, last forever.

These gorgeous champagne hues from The Argyle Mine are exceptionally rare. For every one natural-color diamond (like, there are 10,000 white diamonds? Just as you may have many friends, true lifetime friends are rare. Bridesmaids assume a lot of responsibility and financial obligation during a wedding and a gift of natural champagne diamond jewelry shows your appreciation. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that Argyle Diamonds are ethically mined and that the neutral-color hues will work with any color fashion dictates over the years. For more information about natural color diamonds from The Argyle Mine, visit www.diamondswithastory.com.

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Champagne and white diamond cross pendant. Fred Meyer, $399

Michael O’Connor is one of America’s leading voices on jewelry, style and accessories and has become the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking information on current trends and celebrity information. O’Connor as been involved in the luxury, jewelry and fashion industries in a career that spans over 25 years. Connect with Michael on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Which areas of your budget have you found it easiest to save money in? Leave a comment below and let us know.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – July 25, 2014

July 24th, 2014

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Just in case you were wondering if you should invite wedding guests via text, the answer is usually no. However, for this bride, it made for the one of the best wedding photos ever. Kristen sent a group text inviting friends to her wedding photo shoot and barbeque in England, but managed to accidentally invite a stranger as well. When she realized what she had done, she explained the invite was a mistake. The stranger’s response? “We still coming.” Priceless. Just like the resulting photo.

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Looking for a wedding band, grooms? We recently discovered Infinity Tungsten, which offers a wide selection of comfortable, manly wedding bands. These surprisingly affordable, hypo-allergenic rings are made of tungsten carbide, which is known for its strength — you can even drive over them. Trust us; it’s happened. Check out Infinity Tungsten’s designs here.

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The look on the groom’s face as the bride first walks down the aisle at their wedding is one she’ll never forget. And thanks to these amazing photographers, neither will you. Check out these grooms’ wonderfully candid reactions as their brides approach them.

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Want to surprise your significant other with an amazing wedding? Whether your dream wedding is an intimate beach affair, a rooftop fete, a Vegas spectacle, or a ballroom fairytale, Doron Ofir Casting is casting for a new TV show that will provide a surprise wedding for a couple who has been unable to set the date. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and have been in a committed relationship with their significant other long enough to know they’re ready to tie the knot. Good luck!

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

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