Groom's Wedding Blog from TheManRegistry.com

Groom Pulls Off International Scavenger Hunt Proposal

March 4th, 2015

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It’s safe to say this groom-to-be set the bar ridiculously high for his friends. (Good luck topping this one, gents!) Brett Arnold surprised his girlfriend with an incredible scavenger hunt that spanned the globe, resulting in one amazing proposal story for the travel-loving couple. Check out how he pulled it off here.

See any other impressive proposals recently? Tell as about them in the comments below.

Four Keys to Finding Your Wedding Photographer

February 16th, 2015

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You’ve finally popped the question. You met the perfect woman and knew she was the one. Now that you’re engaged, your bride-to-be is knee-deep in the wedding planning process. There’s so much to do and she’ll always appreciate your help, especially when it comes to finding your wedding photographer.

Once the wedding day has come and gone, the best way to remember it all is through you wedding photography. You’ll want to look back at your wedding photos on your anniversaries for years to come and remember the way she looked when you first saw her walk down the aisle, the tears in both of your eyes as you said “I do,” and the fun you had on the dance floor with your groomsmen and bridesmaids. Those memories will fade, but if you have a photographer capture those special moments, you can look back on them forever.

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So, how can you help your bride-to-be find the best photographer for your wedding? One great place to start is SnapKnot, where you can create a free account and be matched with photographers in your area and budget range. Once you find a few photographers that fit your needs, reach out and schedule a face-to-face meeting.

Here are four important details to cover when you meet with a wedding photographer.

1. Budget. Pricing is always important to ask about first and foremost. Make sure you know how much you’re able to spend and if the photographer’s services are within that budget. You’ll soon learn that there’s a wide range of wedding photography prices. For example, some photographers charge extra for mileage if they have to travel a certain distance, while others include that cost in their package fee. Some photographers also charge to have an assistant or a second shooter attend the wedding. (Read more on what makes one photographer cheaper than others.)

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2. Photography Style. Do you and your fiancée want your photographs to tell the story of your wedding day or have a list of posed family photos you want to make sure to capture? Ask to see the photographer’s past albums and photographs to get a feel of their photographic style. You should like all (or at least most) of the photos you see from a photographer to get a sense of their style, which is the same style they’ll use to photograph your wedding day. (See more wedding photography advice about photo styles.)

3. Products and Services Offered. Does your bride-to-be really want to do a trash-the-dress session or have an amazing engagement shoot? Do you both want a really great custom wedding album or a beautifully framed engagement photo with a matted frame that guests can sign at your wedding? It’s important to make sure the photographer offers every single item you want in their wedding packages. Also ensure that the quality and types of albums he or she creates are in line with your expectations and preferences.

4. Photographer’s Personality. Because the person you end up choosing to photograph your big day is so important, it’s always best to meet face to face beforehand to make sure you enjoy his or her personality and demeanor. This person will be with you while you’re hanging out with your groomsmen before the wedding, as you’re nervously waiting for your bride to walk down the aisle and throughout the entire reception. If you and the photographer have clashing personalities or something just feels “off” between the two of you, keep looking until you find someone you truly feel comfortable with.

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Helping your bride-to-be find your photographer should be more fun than stressful, but it’s important to start out by narrowing down a list of the best wedding photographers in your area and personally meeting with a few of them. Doing that initial research will certainly help you find the photographer you both trust and who will capture your special day exactly how you both imagined.

Grooms, have you learned any other helpful tips for booking your wedding photographer? Share them with us in the comments below.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – February 13, 2015

February 13th, 2015

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Not sure your best man is quite up to the task before him? It may be time to bring in a professional. One Jacksonville, FL-based man, Jake Overman, is billing himself as a Professional Best Man for hire, offering to help your actual (potentially clueless) best man with planning the bachelor party, honeymoon, wedding day attire, etiquette and speech-writing. And don’t worry, there’s professional help available for the ladies, too. Jen Glantz, Bridesmaid for Hire, is available to consult, assist with planning, facilitate pre-wedding events as well as support the bride and bridesmaids on the big day.

 

Think the last bachelor party you went to was cool? Think again. This lucky groom’s friends planned an epic bachelor party that turned him into Rambo for a day. We dare you to top that — just make sure to tell us about it.

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Looking for the perfect gift for your sports-loving groomsmen? Check out the amazing selection of officially-licensed and authenticated sports memorabilia and pro team man cave gear from Steiner Sports. Two great picks: the MLB team man cave signs and team subway sign wall art, both of which include game-used dirt. Of course, make sure to get yourself a little something while you’re at it.

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On the lookout for a tasty wedding favor that will leave your guests speechless (because their mouths will be full)? Chunky Pig might be just the ticket. Chunky Pig combines rare mushroom popcorn, dark chocolate and maple syrup to create the perfect blend of candied bacon caramel corn. The best part is that it’s free of gluten, dairy and hormones so everyone can enjoy it. You can shop the store here, but just don’t do it on an empty stomach.

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Tired of feeling like a jailor and lugging around that massive jumble of keys that barely fits in your pants pocket anymore? Definitely not a good look on the wedding day. Check out KeySmart, a universal and expandable Swiss army-style key holder that deftly consolidates up to 100 keys into a compact, minimalist package.

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

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.

 

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