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Your groomsmen are important people to rely on throughout the wedding planning process—from throwing the bachelor party to assisting on the big day. While it’s okay to ask them to handle certain things for you, it’s important that you don’t abuse your power. Treat your groomsmen with respect and you’ll find that your friendships are even stronger after the wedding than they were before. Check out this list of things you shouldn’t say to your groomsmen.
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It’s a great honor to be named the best man in a wedding. You’ve got a good amount of responsibilities, from planning the all-important bachelor party to keeping the groomsmen informed. It’s also typical of the best man to make a speech at the wedding reception. Not sure what you’re supposed to say? We’re here to help. We’ve put together a guide of things you should definitely cover in your speech, and what you should avoid at all costs. Here’s to you making a killer best man speech!
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Don’t forget the little details pertaining to the crew who will be standing by your side when you say “I do.”
Finalize Attire – Do a quick check-in with your bridesmaids and groomsmen ahead of time to prevent potential wardrobe malfunctions on the big day. Confirm all bridesmaids’ dresses and have been ordered and delivered, that your groomsmen have purchased or rented their formal attire, and any necessary alterations have been made. Let your bridesmaids know of any specifications you might have for their accessories – e.g. “please wear metallic sandals and simple stud earrings.”
Coordinate “Getting Ready” Logistics – Let the bridesmaids know where you will be getting ready, when to be there and what they need to bring. Let them know whether food will be provided or if they should eat beforehand or bring snacks. Determine whether you will be hiring professionals to do your bridesmaids’ hair and makeup or if they will be responsible for their own. If you are providing a hair stylist and makeup artist, let the girls know ahead of time and get a firm headcount of who opts in and who will be doing it themselves or going elsewhere to have it done. And don’t forget about the fun stuff like a getting ready playlist, champagne, or matching robes!
Arrange Transportation – Don’t leave your wedding party stranded! Make sure there is a solid plan in place for getting your bridesmaids and groomsmen to the ceremony location, from the ceremony venue to the reception venue (if they are separate), and home at the end of the evening.
Distribute a Day-of Itinerary – You may know your wedding day agenda forwards and backwards, but that doesn’t mean your wedding party does. Bring them up to speed with a detailed schedule including times, locations and any instructions they may need to know. Prep them with basic logistical info – bathroom locations, where to put cards or gifts – in case guests ask. Include phone numbers for the Maid of Honor and Best Man in case of any last-minute questions or issues. Email the schedule out or print copies so everyone can refer back to it when necessary.
Say Thank You! – Show your favorite girls and guys that you appreciate them for supporting you throughout the planning process, organizing pre-wedding festivities, and being there to cheer you on and celebrate with you on the big day. A handwritten note or a small, thoughtful gift is a perfect way to thank them.
Hello Garden! Well, the wedding is about 45 days away, (can’t believe it!) and I or should I say we can cross one more item off of our to-do list: the groomsmen gifts. Ryan chose these engraved sports knives from Exclusively Weddings–a great wedding product website full of all kinds of goodies and gifts for your wedding. Each knife will be engraved with the boys initials, and I think it makes a perfect gift. I highly recommend checking out this site!
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What gifts did your fiances choose for their groomsmen?
Recently, I shared my “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards with you all. You know, the ones I spent weeks making, painstakingly cutting out paper-doll chains, dresses and attempting to recreate each bridesmaid’s hairstyle to match each respective paper doll.
One of my bridesmaids joked if Mr. Snapdragon made paper dolls when asking his groomsmen and ushers to be in our wedding. Well, I can report that he did not, and just a couple weeks after I officially asked my ‘maids, he completed his task of asking his dudes to be a part of our wedding. Though it took him a fraction of the time it took me (like, we’re talking probably 1/500th of the time), I still absolutely loved his approach, and couldn’t help but laugh when he showed me his idea.
Here’s what each of his fellas received in their e-mail inboxes: