Posts Tagged ‘Invites + Guests’

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

Thursday, July 24th, 2014


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.

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.

Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

photo credit – Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

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.


photo credit – Etsy

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.

[Giveaway] Win Awesome Thank You Notes for Your Big Day

Monday, April 21st, 2014


Thank you notes. Necessary, but not so fun, right? Nearly every newlywed couple dreads this important, yet daunting post-wedding task. Of course you want to thank your nearest and dearest for the amazing (and maybe even not so amazing) wedding gifts, but getting in the right frame of mind to start putting pen to paper — time and time again — isn’t easy. Not anymore.

We recently discovered Postable, a cool new service that simplifies all of your wedding stationery. The service helps you every step of the way, by getting your guests’ mailing addresses, sending your save the dates and even writing your thank you cards. You can even type your thank you notes right on the company’s website and have Postable send them out via snail mail for you. Best of all, the cards arrive looking like you hand-wrote them yourself (even Nana won’t notice the difference).

Grooms, want to give your new wife the perfect post-wedding gift? Offer to take that massive thank you note duty off her hands, and then head over to Postable. The process will be quick and easy, but she’ll be super-grateful you took the lead on this last major wedding task.

pile of cards2

Postable features 100% tree-free cotton paper cards and stationery, from major designers like Rifle Paper Co. and Felix Doolittle, for $2 each, plus postage.

And now through May 31st, you, dear GroomsAdvice reader, can sign up here for a chance to Win Postable Cards for Your Wedding (such as Save the Dates, Thank You Cards and More), a $250 Value. Good luck!

Which of these card designs would be perfect for your wedding? Tell us in the comment section below.


6 Steps to Creating Killer Guest Welcome Gifts

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
wedding welcome bag and accessories

Photo courtesy of Tie That Binds Weddings Etsy shop

Want to show your out-of-town guests some love for trekking across the state, country or ocean to attend your wedding? Although they aren’t mandatory (and can easily be skipped to trim a runaway budget), the hotel welcome gift is a great way to let your far-flung friends and family know that their efforts are truly appreciated. Here are six simple steps to get started.

1. It all begins with a container. While bags certainly aren’t required, they’re a go-to for a reason. They’re easy to find, come in a range of materials, sizes, colors and patterns to match your palette, and are often very economical. Bags can be dressed up with custom stamps, stickers, tags, ribbons and other extras. Prefer to think outside the bag? Consider tote bags for a beach setting, baskets in the spring, wine crates for a vineyard wedding, buckets or pails for a coastal location, Lucite boxes for a modern wedding, vases for a garden setting or Chinese takeout boxes for a whimsical theme.

2. Consider the setting. Having a beach wedding? Toss sunglasses, sunscreen, a straw hat or a beach towel in your welcome bag. If you’ll be getting married during the area’s rainy season, tuck in an umbrella or poncho, in case guests get caught in a downpour. Getting married in wine country? Include a map of local wineries or a bottle of regional wine.

refreshment welcome box

Photo courtesy of the favor box Etsy shop

3. Include some refreshments. We’ve all heard it: The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. And it’s true! Consider including a bottle of sparkling water, juice or booze, as well as a few snacks, such as pretzels, nuts, fruit or candy for guests to nosh on while they’re relaxing in their hotel rooms.

4. Add a local touch. Out-of-towners and residents alike will appreciate a taste of what the local area, region or wedding venue has to offer. If your wedding locale is famous for barbeque, for example, include a bottle of your favorite area barbeque sauce. Getting married in a college town? Show your alma mater some love by including a team pennant, keychain, magnet or mini stuffed mascot.

hangover helper kit

Photo courtesy of decadent designs Etsy shop

5. Make it personal. If the bride and groom love craft beer, for example, include a pack of coasters from a favorite brewery, a personalized bottle opener, or a bottle or two of the couple’s favorite brew. Another fun touch: Include a personal note to guests, thanking them for their attendance and support. Extra credit: Offer a few recommendations on local sights to see, as well as can’t-miss eateries, bars and entertainment while they’re in town.

6. Get creative. Want your welcome gift to really stand out? Add something unexpected and creative. If you’re planning to party the night away, put together a hangover kit, complete with a sleep mask, earplugs, bottled water, ibuprofen or aspirin, and sunglasses for the drive home. Even non-drinkers will still appreciate these items while traveling. Another fun idea for both kids and adults: a s’mores kit. Wrap up graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars for guests to take home or pop into the hotel room microwave for a late-night snack after the festivities are over.

wedding smores kits

Photo courtesy of the favor box Etsy shop

Which of these guest welcome gift ideas would be perfect for your friends and family? Let us know below. 


Wedding Blogger Battle Royale: Round 5

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Fatigue is setting in as our competitors come out of their respective corners for round 5 of the blogger battle royale. Who will crack first: Ian or Anne?

save the date debate

Round 5 – Save the date cards seem like a waste of money, do we have to send them?

Anne: Save-the-date cards are important to send when there’s a lot of travel details involved including air and hotel recommendations and discounts. When it comes to save the dates it’s important that you only send them to those guests you are 100% inviting to the wedding, because if someone gets one a formal invitation must follow.  If you want to save money, shorten the list of who gets a save the date.

An e-save the date is fine too, especially if budget is a concern, however an e-invitation to your wedding is a definite no no.

Ian: Is it too late to rephrase your question? It should really read, “Do you want anyone to attend your wedding?”  This isn’t college where you eat dinner and get on the AOL Instant Messenger to find out who is mixing up the Jungle Juice.  It is real life.  You remember real life, don’t you?  Yes, real life, where last month, I literally held my bladder for nine days because our calendar was too packed.  (And the worst part was that I was at a baseball game when I got my chance to go and stage-fright reared it’s ugly head.)

Save the dates are one of your early expenses, and at the time, $150 seems like a huge chunk of change…but when you look back on it after the wedding and realize that you just sold your car to pay for napkin rings, the Save the Dates will seem pretty insignificant, Ebenezer.

Since Anne & Ian halfway agree on this topic, why don’t you weigh in? If you think save the dates are unnecessary, tell us why.

Anne Chertoff has worked at Modern Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, iVillage Weddings, and was the Editor in Chief of and AOL’s Royal Wedding web site. She currently writes wedding planning and style columns for several wedding sites including EquallyWed and WeddingWire. Follow Anne on Twitter.

Ian is the author of “A Groom’s Diary”, his journal chronicling the hilarity of the wedding-planning process…from the groom’s point of view.  Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

The “New” Greenvelope is Live!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

In early 2011 I came across a new online wedding invitation service,, which had recently launched. Founded in his dorm room at Washington University in St. Louis by Sam Franklin, Greenvelope had one mission: to create a formal electronic wedding invitation service that emulated the experience of opening a traditional paper invitation and to help couples “go green” on their big day.

greenvelope logoGreenvelope has gained significant traction since early 2011, and they are well on their way to changing people’s view of electronic invitations.” With over ten thousand hosts using the service, Greenvelope has successfully initiated the green shift in the wedding invitation paradigm, providing users with an easy-to-use and highly customizable digital interface to deliver elegant invitations directly to e-mail inboxes around the world. Not only does the service provide a green, stylish and affordable option to wedding invitations, Greenvelope prides itself in providing the best customer service available, which we all know is important during the weeks leading up to the big day.

One of my favorite aspects of this service is the ability for grooms to stay involved in the process. From the design of the card all the way to tracking of the RSVP’s, the invitation experience can truly be shared with the user friendly interface and cloud based technology. When an account is created, all information is stored on the site, allowing you and your partner to check the status of who will be attending, what people will be eating and any comments people are sharing. Of course, all these features are optional, giving you complete control of your invitation destiny.

The service is not only limited to weddings. If you are not ready to go completely digital, the service is also great for bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners or any other events related to the big day.

To help celebrate the launch of their new website, Greenvelope is offering our readers a 15% discount on any purchase by entering the code “themanregistry” at checkout. (Valid through August 31st).

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