Groom's Wedding Blog from TheManRegistry.com

Badass Bachelor Party Turns Groom into Rambo for a Day

February 10th, 2015

Coolest bachelor party ever? If you’re a “Rambo” fan, or action movie lover, the answer is a resounding yes. Check out how Dana’s friends (who have a production company, naturally) went above and beyond to fulfill his childhood dream and turn him into Rambo for a day, via MTV News. The results make every other bachelor party you’ve been to look like amateur hour at best.

 

Have you ever been to an amazingly creative bachelor party? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

8 Creative Football-Themed Groom’s Cakes

January 29th, 2015

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With the Superbowl coming up this weekend, all we can think about is football and food! If you’re thinking about incorporating your love of football in your wedding, the groom’s cake is a perfect solution. Check out these amazing football-themed groom’s cakes for inspiration before creating your own tasty masterpiece.

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1. For the love of the game: If he’s a fan of all types of football, whether it’s pro, college or playing the game himself, he’ll love this incredibly realistic football cake.

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2. Candy-coated perfection: A football groom’s cake on a bed of his favorite candy…what could be better?

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3. Hometown pride: Can’t decide between two sports? Choose both! This groom’s cake shows off the groom’s love of both of his favorite pro football and baseball teams.

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4. Alma mater love: This groom’s cake highlights the groom’s loyalty to his college football team.

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5. Classy confection: This sleekly designed football logo groom’s cake looks right at home next to the traditional wedding cake.

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6. Multi-player standout: This groom’s cake is great for grooms who have both a favorite college and pro team or want to incorporate the bride’s favorite team as well.

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7. A super fan’s dream: If his motto is “go big or go home,” this is his groom’s cake. The amazing detail on this massive football stadium replica cake is perfect for any die-hard football fan.

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8. Groom’s cake alternative: Perfect for guys who prefer something a little outside the (cake) box, this football cake-pop display is a great choice.

Guys, which of these groom’s cakes is perfect for your wedding? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

Give Your Groomsmen the Gift of Luxury Grooming

January 27th, 2015

Let’s face it; guys aren’t always big on taking proper care of their skin and hair — even if their scruffy mugs could definitely use a little pampering from time to time. Want to help your groomsmen put their best faces forward on the wedding day? Look no further than Luxury Barber. The company’s subscription boxes will whip your wolfpack’s grooming routines into shape in no time.

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A perfect gift for guys who don’t already have a set grooming routine, could use a little help finding the right products for their needs or always enjoy trying out the latest and greatest grooming tools, each subscription box comes with an assortment of at least nine sample-size items and one featured full-size product from more than 45 brands like Baxter, Billy Jealousy, Dr. Brandt, Evolution Man and Sachajuan.

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Products cover various grooming categories, including shaving (pre-shave oils, shave cream and aftershave), anti-aging skin and body solutions, hair styling aids and premium grooming tools, such as double-edge safety razors or straight razors. One standout item: The flushable Fresh Richie antibacterial men’s body wipes, which come in a discreet, portable, wallet-size package — perfect for staying fresh on-the-go on warm days, post-gym or while traveling.

Fall in love with a particular product sample? Subscribers can purchase full-size product versions online at 10% to 20% off.

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Luxury Barber’s subscription boxes are shipped on the 20th of every month (for free to U.S. addresses) and can include a customized gift note. Boxes can be purchased individually for $29.99/mo (plus a 10% site discount), as a six-month subscription for $27.99/mo (plus a 15% site discount) or annually for $25.99/mo (plus a 20% site discount). Purchase here.

Which of these grooming products would your groomsmen love? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

Behold the 15 Best Groomsman Gifts of 2015

January 27th, 2015

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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 spring15.]

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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 spring15.]

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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.

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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 spring15.]

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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.

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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.

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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 spring15.]

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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 spring15.]

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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 Make-A-Ball.com.

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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 spring15.]

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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?).

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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 spring15.]

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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 spring15.]

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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 spring15.]

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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