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The Best of the Web for Grooms – November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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If you’ve ever scoffed at those cheesy, staged photos where the wedding party’s jumping in the air or striking super-unnatural poses, you’ll love this photographer’s humorous take on staged pre- and post-reception photos.

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Photo – Jesi Haack Design

Stumped on bachelor party ideas? Zero Point Zero, the production company behind “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Brew Masters,” is casting a new major cable network series that will give grooms and their guy friends the ultimate bachelor party. If you’re more into ideas like jumping out of planes or hosting a private poker game with hand-rolled cigars than the usual strip club and casino outings, apply here. Good luck!

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Think it’d be cool to get hitched at 35,000 feet? Check out how these frequent fliers tied the knot on a recent Southwest flight.

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Looking for an original groomsmen gift? Create one-of-a-kind cigars for your crew with Custom Tobacco, by uploading your own design, choosing from a selection of premade bands, or using a customization tool to design your own band from scratch.

Still trying to nail down your ultimate wedding playlist? Check out Brad Paisley’s stellar suggestions and adjust accordingly.

 

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

 

10 Uncommon Groomsmen Gifts Found on Etsy

Wednesday, 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.

How to Buy U.S. Groomsmen Gifts if You Live in Canada

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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When it comes to buying gifts for their groomsmen, our friends north of the border oftentimes find themselves at the short end of the stick. Finding the right gifts isn’t necessarily the problem — there’s some pretty cool stuff out there. The trouble comes when it’s time to ship them to Canada from a U.S. warehouse. While this can be quite frustrating, it’s no reason to give up on that perfect gift you’ve found. With the five tips below, you can easily do it (even on a budget).

Order early: Shipping to Canada from the U.S. often tacks on a few extra days to the shipping time frame, so it really pays to order early. To avoid finding yourself empty handed the day of your wedding, make sure to order early. When ordering personalized or bulk gifts, it’s important to order at least three weeks ahead of your wedding or rehearsal dinner date.

Look for discounts: Coupons are always out there. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. Sites like The Man Registry have been known to lend a helping hand with coupon codes for larger orders.

Ask questions: Of course, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. This is especially true when it comes to making an important purchase online. Once you’ve found a website you’d like to buy from, make sure to inquire about shipping rates, time frames and the availability of certain products for international shipment.

Ship to the US: If you live near the U.S.-Canada border or have friends in the States that frequently travel between countries, you can save on shipping costs by shipping your order to a U.S. address. Many websites boast free shipping offers that are only applicable to U.S. orders. Shipping to a U.S. address can also help cut down or eliminate duty fees.

Find a trustworthy site: Also make sure to find a website you can really trust. A simple Google search will reveal that there are plenty of retail sites out there. Before making a purchase over international lines, it’s important to read reviews, determine that the website is secure, and even give the company phone call to make sure there’s a real person on the other end. A reputable company will list their business phone number through their website, so this shouldn’t be difficult to accomplish.

Following these tips will make the buying process much less stressful . If you need a little help getting started finding the right gift, here are three ideas that are all easily shipped to Canada:

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Age your own bourbon, wine or rum in this custom cask made from American Oak. You can even have each groomsman’s initials etched into the barrel face. [Shop here]

steel flasks that are shaped like hockey pucks that feature the logos of NHL teams

These stainless steel “biscuits” are designed to look just like a hockey puck — but it’s what’s inside that counts. The flasks will hold 5oz. of booze and are available for all 30 NHL teams. [Shop here]

personalized pub signs that can easily ship to Canada for groomsmen gifts

Pub signs are a great way to celebrate the individuality of each of your friends. With themed-designs ranging from fishing to hockey to man caves, there’s no doubt you’ll find something for everyone. [Shop designs here]

Live in Canada? Are you shopping locally for groomsmen gifts or searching online?

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Subscribe Your Groomsmen to Monthly Boxes of Awesome

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Want to give your groomsmen a truly unique gift that keeps on giving after the wedding day? We recently discovered a manly service that does just that. Bespoke Post, a subscription box club for men, will deliver a new Box of Awesome to your groomsmen each month. Each of the service’s boxes includes a selection of theme-driven products focused on food, drink, fashion, grooming and more, to fit a range of personalities and interests. For example, the Sweat box (pictured below), which features a stylish, custom-made gym bag and a supplement starter kit, is perfect for gym rats, while the Aged box includes creatively designed tumblers and an aging kit to let liquor connoisseurs age their own blends at home.

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Bespoke Post offers grooms the option of gifting either a digital or physical gift card (for a subscription of one, two, three, four, five, six or 12 months of service), or one gift box paired with a physical gift card (for a subscription of two, three, four, five, six or 12 months of service). Once a recipient redeems a subscription, they’ll receive an email on the first of each month detailing the contents of that month’s box and can choose to ship the featured selection or skip it at no charge and wait for the next box (with the option to skip as many boxes as they’d like).

A one-month Bespoke Post gift card is $55, but if you choose a time period greater than one month, the monthly cost is $45. Best of all: Right now, GroomsAdvice readers can enter code “GROOMSADVICE” at checkout to receive 10% off their total orders. For more information, visit Bespoke Post, or if you’re interested in purchasing gifts for five or more recipients, email Bespoke Post at concierge@bespokepost.com to connect with a gift concierge.

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Your 2014 Guide to Groomsmen Gifts That Aren’t Lame

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Even before the hunt for groomsmen gifts begins, most guys are already aware that many of the options suck. This is probably because they’ve already personally received enough watches, money clips and flasks to last a lifetime. There’s no doubt you want to give your close friends and family unique gifts that will be treasured for years. Unfortunately, shopping around takes precious time and many grooms end up going with one of the aforementioned retreads out of convenience. To help you make unique choices, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite ideas for 2014. Read ‘em and weep (with joy), fellas…

rocks drinking glasses with state outlines engraved on them

Bringing in wedding party members from all around the country? The 4pc. set of “Home” Rocks Glasses ($38.95) can be customized with the engraving of any state. Except Montana. Nobody lives in Montana. Pick them up at The Man Registry. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

handmade shaving razors that can be engraved

Andrew Luck can pull off the neck beard. Your buddies can’t.  To drop them this not-so subtle hint and thank them for being part of your big day, check out these totally unique Handmade Maple Burl Razors ($54.95) that can be engraved with the recipient’s name or initials. They’re designed to fit Gillette® Mach3® razor head and can be purchased here. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

custom baseball cards for groomsmen gifts

Just because you and your friends never came close to playing in the big leagues doesn’t mean you still can’t be celebrated on your very own baseball cards. RookiesApp allows you to upload photos, place them on retro baseball card templates and customize the accompanying text. Impressed yet? The coolest part is that for $12.99 plus shipping, you can have the cards printed, packaged in that good ole wax paper and shipped straight to your mailbox. The experience is as authentic as begging your mom to buy you a pack of cards at the grocery store checkout. Rookies is available in the iPhone App Store and coming soon to Google Play. Learn more here.

handcrafted wood beer flight tasting set

Have you been wondering just how many beers it will take to get your best man out on the dance floor to twerk? That’s precisely the question that the Custom Beer Flight Sampler ($39.95) was designed to answer. With four pilsner glasses included, this handcrafted (in the USA) wood paddle is great for hosting a blind taste test party. Give the gift of brew at The Man Registry. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

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Since we’re on the topic of suds, one of the coolest trends I’ve noticed over the last year is local brewpubs offering packages where you can go in once a month to re-fill your growler. If you and your crew don’t own growlers, the Personalized Craft Beer Growler ($21.95) may come in handy. It holds roughly two liters of beer and is customized with the recipient’s initial. Click here to buy. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

pen made from used machine gun bullet

Let’s pretend for a minute that your groomsmen are some of the manliest men out there. If this were true (which we both know it’s not),what type of pen would they use in the office? It sure as heck wouldn’t be a BIC. It would be a pen made from an actual Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel and a Spent Machine Gun Bullet ($66.95). To order, head on over to TMR, choose from a Jack Daniels or Jim Beam barrel, add your personalization and you’ve got one of the most unique gifts they’ll ever receive. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

tabletop foosball game

Oh to be a kid again… Take a journey down memory lane with the Retro Tabletop Foosball Game ($59). It’s what every grown man needs. Available at Gilt.

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Cufflinks may appear to be a boring gift on the surface, but that’s before you start matching styles to the personalities of your groomsmen. From iPhones to fighter jets to American flags, The Man Registry’s cufflink shop has dozens of unique options for $24.95 a piece. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

handcarved duck call for groomsmen

Live in duck hunting country? Rule #1: Don’t schedule your wedding during hunting season. Rule #2: If you’re dumb enough to schedule your wedding during hunting season, you’d better hand out some awesome gifts. This is where the Handcarved Duck Call comes in. It’s handcrafted and can be engraved at no extra cost. Get yours here. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

whiskey barrel made into a sign

Were your groomsmen extra good this year? Splurge on their gifts with this highly unique and totally bad-ass piece of décor. The Whiskey Barrel Sign ($149.95) is literally made from the chopped-off face of an actual barrel. It’s message is clear: only solitude, cigars and scotch are allowed in the man cave. And let’s be honest, what else is there in life? Interested? The Man Registry has you covered with free shipping. [Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off]

Which of the gifts featured here would your groomsmen like most? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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