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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.

Jesse + Chelsea’s Big Lebowski Wedding: Meet the Dude and Dudette

October 14th, 2014

We recently shared a video featuring one couple’s amazing Big Lebowski-themed wedding. After watching it a dozen times, we were left in awe. In a quest to learn more about their inspiration and planning, we tracked down the newlyweds (Jesse + Chelsea).  We found them in North Hollywood on Radford, near the In-and-Out Burger and asked them the following questions:

The Big Lebowski obviously holds a special place in your hearts. Were you both fans of the film from the beginning or was it an acquired taste?

Chelsea: Not particularly. I hadn’t seen The Big Lebowski until I met Jesse. The first time we watched it, I didn’t exactly get it. I obviously liked the guy though, so I secretly watched it by myself to get in his good graces. I ended up loving it and have now seen it more times than I can count.

Jesse:  I remember when The Big Lebowski came out in theaters, I wanted to go see it but never got around to it. When it came out on DVD around  1999, I watched it at a friend’s house, loved it and went out and bought it for myself after that viewing. So yeah, I guess you could say I loved  the film from the beginning. I love the movie so much, before I met Chelsea I used to go to bed watching it as I fell asleep every night for about a year. I’d leave the movie on repeat so it would still be playing when I woke up in the morning. That really upped my ability to quote the film.

Who first had the idea for the Lebowski-themed wedding?

Chelsea: Jesse will probably say he did, but if we’re being honest, I said it first. I was skimming through Etsy and found some save the dates; they had a pair of wayfarer sunglasses and text that said “The dude proposes, and the dudette abides.” I asked him, “What if we had a Big Lebowski-themed wedding?” I knew as soon as I said it, I would never get out of it.

Jesse: Chelsea and I were trying to decide what to do for our wedding one night and we both don’t like to do things in a normal, predictable fashion. We knew it would not be a stock wedding, but we didn’t know what we wanted to do and we were trying to figure it out. I remember sitting on the couch and Chelsea said ‘What if we did a Big Lebowski-themed wedding?’ and I immediately sat up and said ‘That sounds amazing. Are you sure?’ She said ‘yes’ and I said ‘let’s do it!’ We instantly had ideas on rugs on the bowling lanes and getting married out on them, drinking White Russians, the neon star-burst signs, all of it. We wanted to go all out and pay as much homage to the movie as possible, and I think we succeeded 110 percent. It was an amazing day.

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This was a wedding unlike anything most people have ever seen. Did your friends and family get it?

Chelsea: For those who got it, they really got it. We put in a lot of details, quotes, songs, apparel and decor that only a true Achiever would understand. I shouldn’t be, but I’m still a bit surprised at how many of my friends and family hadn’t seen the movie and had to watch it before the wedding. I mean, you can’t really go to a Big Lebowski wedding without, in fact, watching The Big Lebowski.

Jesse: My friends and I quote The Big Lebowski all the time so when I told them what our wedding theme was they were very excited. My family is pretty cool and they all also knew how much I loved The Big Lebowski, so while they may not all know the movie inside and out like a hardcore Lebowski fan would, they all understood where we were coming from as far as creating a themed wedding based on The Big Lebowski. Friends and family were all very supportive and helpful in bringing our Big Lebowski wedding to fruition and I’m very grateful for their support.

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If you could have one character from The Big Lebowski (besides the Dude) give a toast at your wedding, who would it be?

Chelsea: The Stranger. His simple, but eloquent outlook on life would have definitely provided some interesting marriage advice.

Jesse: The Stranger. I’d love to hear what advice the wise cowboy sage would have to offer.

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What’s the best reaction you’ve received to your wedding photos + video online?

Chelsea: I’m a social media junkie, so I love reading comments and positive feedback from people I’ve never met. It’s really interesting to see how our story has been shared on various sites throughout the world. A few people have even said ‘I wish I was friends with these people.’ Far out, man.

Jesse: I posted a few photos and our wedding trailer video on the /r/lebowski subreddit and one comment said: ‘Man I’m super jealous! That’s my dream wedding but my SO won’t allow me to go to that extent with it :( I’m happy for you guys though, it looks like you guys had an amazing time! Congrats! And you have a gorgeous special lady there man, props!’

It makes me smile quite a bit. Chelsea came up with some great ideas for the wedding and used her creative skills to help make the star-burst props with me and she made the MCNEW sign you see hanging above then lanes. Chelsea and I wanted to be as detail-oriented as possible because a Big Lebowski-themed wedding is not something you do half-assed; it’s all or nothing. We put blood, sweat and tears in to  it–literally. Of course, in our planning, we were able to call watching the movie over and over nightly ‘wedding research,’ so that was awesome!

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Settle this once and for all for us: Is Donnie real?

Chelsea: Definitely.

Jesse: Is Donnie real? Does the Pope shit in the woods?

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You can view more photos from the wedding here. Also, check out their website and Facebook page for even more Lebowski awesomeness.

What do you think the most creative part of Jesse + Chelsea’s Big Lebowski wedding was? Drop us a comment below and let us know.

Trend Watch: Men’s Wedding Bands and Accessories

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.

This Big Lebowski Themed Wedding is Far Out, Dude

September 24th, 2014

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Photo: Our Big Lebowski Wedding Teaser, Wistia

Sometimes there’s a groom… I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero?  But sometimes, there’s a groom. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here. Sometimes, there’s a groom, well, he’s the groom for his time and place. He fits right in there.

If that paragraph makes sense to you, you just might enjoy this video:


The Dude in the video is Jesse and his bride is Chelsea. You can view photos from their Big Lebowski wedding on their Facebook page. Be sure to leave a comment and let them know how that rug really tied the reception together.

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What movie would you theme your wedding after? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know.

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