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Expert Forum: Favorite Groom Summer Wedding Accessory

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

With summer right around the corner, it’s time for warm weather grooms to start thinking about which accessories they’ll be utilizing on their wedding day. To help get the conversation started, we asked a few of our favorite wedding industry experts to chime in on the topic. photo credit: long’s photography

groom summer wedding accessories

What’s your favorite way for the groom to accessorize for a summer wedding?

BRIAN LEAHY (Founder, The Groom Says)

The secret to summer accessorizing is not what you wear but what you don’t. If you think you’re sweating up there at the altar, how do you think Groom Jr. feels? So in the chaos of getting ready, take a minute to remember the ring but conveniently forget the boxer briefs. You may not be a free man anymore, but at least you can free-ball your way through the most important day in your life.

On a serious note … grooms should check out Good Heavens, Cape Town-based designers with affordable, all-cotton, summer-approved neckwear (I get compliments on my GH tie every time I wear it).

KARA HORNER (Blogger, The Man Registry)

Depending on the style of wedding, grooms can give a nod to the season with a pair of fabric or rope knot cufflinks that have a nautical feel to them. I also like to see the groom in lighter-colored suit (think gray, tan or khaki) in the summer months. That way, he can still look dapper and be a little more comfortable when it’s warmer outside. Think this or this.

IAN (Founder, A Groom’s Diary)

I’m not going to pretend to be a “guy’s guy.” I love sports but really only play golf and go to the gym.  I own tools but don’t really know how to use them.  And I definitely spend more on dry-cleaning every month than I do on guns and ammo, but I draw the line at “accessorizing.” If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and said, “I really need a ______ to spice up this outfit.”, it is probably time to talk to your counselor about your parents not signing you up for team sports as a child.

SHARON NAYLOR (Wedding Author,

With brides adding color to their summertime looks, in vivid aquamarine earrings or coral bangle bracelets, grooms also get a chance to Color It Up by skipping the ‘groom wears a white tie, vest and boutonniere flower’ and being the guy in the colored tie and boutonniere while his guys wear the all-white. We’re not talking 1980s promlike neons. We’re talking a long tie in that aquamarine or coral, or subtle aquamarine stripes in that black tie. Just a little pop of color. You might even use colored button covers or colorful cufflinks. One of the greatest summertime colorworks I’ve ever seen was the groom’s tie and flower chosen to match his own to-die-for light blue eyes, with the bride coordinating her blue earrings to match. Talk about a wedding photo pop of color!

Now that you’ve heard what our experts have to say, it’s your turn to chime in. What’s your favorite summertime wedding accessory for the groom (or bride)?

What’s Fair is Fair: Anniversary Gifts For Men

Monday, January 31st, 2011

man with gift

We’ve all seen the story played out on numerous television sitcoms: Poor guy finds out that today is actually his wedding anniversary. Guy realizes that it’s only a few hours before he’s supposed to meet his wife at a dinner she’s planned for them at a romantic restaurant.  Guy panics trying to find the most amazing gift for her while covering up the fact that he didn’t remember the date. It’s a familiar story.

Well let’s cut guys some slack, Guy’s aren’t the only people to forget dates! And when it comes down to it you’ve already purchased her the most amazing gift – her platinum and diamond engagement ring- a gift that probably cost about two months salary. So when is it YOUR turn?

The objective of an anniversary is to commemorate the history of a couple and to celebrate the future that they both look forward to together. Therefore, anniversaries are the perfect opportunity for the giving of mutual gifts that are precious, rare and symbolize both past and future.

Platinum anniversary gifts for men

On the left: Stuller Platinum Cufflinks for Men. One the right: Platinum Tie Accent From CliQ Jewelry

These days, one of the most popular trends in giving is to buy gifts that will truly be used and enjoyed, things that may be worn daily. For many men who spend a good deal of time in the office, items such as platinum cuff links or tie accents, platinum neck chains or a platinum bracelet make a perfect gift that ideally fits the bill for anniversary giving.

The reason that platinum jewelry is perfect is that platinum is one of the most durable, precious and rare of all jewelry choices. It will stand up to a lifetime of wear while continuing to look good, through your future together. Unlike some other white jewelry, platinum won’t fade or change color over time and won’t corrode. The purity of platinum means that it is not only white now, but in time it will never lose its natural whiteness and turn yellow. It’s the ideal “men’s metal”! Over time, platinum will actually develop a rich finish, called a patina which creates a unique sheen on a platinum piece that many view as a romantic recording of life’s many precious moments.

Trends today toward a more casual office attire also mean that open collars with a neck chain and shorter sleeves with a bracelet have become the “norm” in office wear. Unique pieces of platinum jewelry allow men to express individuality in an elegant and understated manner. Platinum is preferred by the world’s finest designers so it’s easy to find masculine pieces to suit every guy’s individual style. Many designs start for as little as $1000.

So when it comes to giving anniversary gifts, isn’t it only fair that you should expect a gift that is precious, rare and durable? For more information on platinum or to see a wide selection of platinum jewelry styles go to

What type of platinum jewelery would you want as an anniversary gift? What would be “fair” based on the jewelery you’ve purchased for your fiancee/wife?

3 Ways to Ensure Your Personal Style Makes the Wedding Cut

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010


When was the last time, if ever, you treated yourself to a brand-new outfit (head-to-toe) for one special event? Well if you’re recently engaged here’s your chance. Being a groom is an excellent chance to show off your personal style, so go all out and get what you really want. That being said, being a groom also means making sure your personal style fits into your brides overall game plan. You might have always hoped to be wearing leather saddles during your wedding, but if your wife-to-be is organizing an evening formal, you can kiss that idea goodbye.

Think of it like this, your bride is working tirelessly on every detail to make sure the ceremony is everything she has always dreamed. Sorry grooms, but your fedora and suspenders may not fit into that dream. This doesn’t mean you should wave the white flag, it just means you need an element of tact and creative thinking to make sure you’re both happy!

So, what can you do to make sure your personal taste makes it to the big day?

1. Costume Change – The ceremony is formal, important, dramatic and beautiful, and your personal taste might not fit into what she wants. However, she may be willing to compromise during the reception. Do you have a favorite style hat you’ve always imaged wearing at the wedding? Maybe skip the need to wear it during the ceremony and let it debut at the reception.  You might hate boutonnieres and have a pocket square you’d rather wear, but maybe she’ll let you make the switch after you say your I-do’s?  There are countless ways you can make your formalwear into something you want to wear, just wait till after the ceremony.

2. Picture Time – Buying accessories like a new watch, sunglasses or shoes is part of the fun of being a groom. So, if something you really want to own doesn’t make the ceremony cut, get if for the pictures! She’ll be a lot less picky with what you wear when you’re posing with your buddies. So, this is another chance when you can get what you want and show off your style, while still keeping your bride happy.

3. As You’re Leaving – Often brides and grooms will quickly change out of their formal wear for their great escape. Here lies another opportunity to get what you’ve been wanting!  Ask her what she plans to wear as you’re running to the escape car and tell her that you want to make sure you wear something fun or special.  She’ll be happy you even care and you’re on your way to a new pair of shoes!

It’s your day too guys, so make sure you like the way you look, but remember you’ll be much happier knowing she’s happy!


Ben the Groom is a master of all things groom and is pumped to be onboard as a GroomsAdvice guest blogger. Ben is constantly searching out inspiration for style, ways to appease your fiancé, and tips to ensure smooth wedding planning. He is also dedicated to helping grooms across the globe be more involved, more capable and more prepared.

How will your personal style show up on the wedding day? Share your answer with us in the comment box below. Launches Savvy Steals Giveaway Contest.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Our friends at OneWed have launched a weekly giveaway contest for readers of their Savvy Scoop Wedding Blog. Grooms, you may wanna pass this along to your fiance ASAP!

Here’s how it works: Each Monday a new item that has received the “OneWed Loves It” seal of approval will be featured. Anyone who has a OneWed account and posts a comment or piece of advice on a blog will be entered into that week’s drawing. The more useful comments you leave = the more entries for the prize. It’s really a genius idea (us guys here at TMR pretty much told them what to do).

What prizes can you expect to see? How about jewelry, accessories, beauty products from brands like Bobbi Brown, Vera Wang, Gilt Group, Dermalogica, Dessy Group, Blue Mercury, Agent Provocateur. (remember what we said about passing this on to the bride?).

So there you have it, another reason to go read the great wedding content on OneWed’s Savvy Scoop.

Cheers! – Savvy local wedding planning

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