We've said it before, and we'll say it again, wedding planning is stressful. Don't make it more stressful for you and your bride by making silly mistakes. We've put together this groom's guide to the top 10 biggest wedding planning mistakes, so you know what to avoid and how to avoid it.
Whether your mind is completely blank or swimming with hilarious gags, when it comes to delivering the best man's speech there are certain things you need to avoid. Crude jokes might get the thumbs up from the groomsmen but could make the rest of the audience feel uncomfortable or insulted. Long-winded stories can quickly bore a crowd and a poorly delivered speech will leave everyone cringing.
Life in the modern world is often stressful, job interviews, money, work-life balance, even traffic, but most of us find ways to deal with it. To keep things in perspective, think about planning a wedding like starting a new project at work, launching a new product or service, or trying to achieve a new sales target. It's not going to happen on its own, it's going to need preparation, planning and no one person should be responsible for the whole thing. Hint-hint - don't leave it all to the bride or you might end up with a Bridezilla on your hands.
If you've been asked to take part in your mate's wedding you probably said yes without giving it a thought, but now you might be left wondering, "err… what exactly do I have to do?" Everyone knows what the best man does – the stag, the speech – but when it comes to groomsmen and ushers things get a little hazier.
Watching your daughter get married can be an emotional time for any father of the bride. You have to accept that your little girl is all grown up and you're no longer the number one man in her life – but don't worry, there will always be a special place for dad, and that includes on the wedding day too!
There's more to being a best man than just throwing a killer stag party. While you may not get tied down making decisions over the finer details, there's plenty of best man responsibilities to keep you busy in the run-up to the wedding, as well as on the day – from organising the groomsmen to paying the vendors.
As a groom, you may have heard the phrase ‘wedding suppliers' or ‘wedding vendors' bandied around by your soon-to-be-wife, and you're probably wondering 3 things; 1. What exactly is a wedding supplier, and what do they do?; 2. How many of them are you going to have to deal with?; 3. Why are they so damn expensive? Well, wedding suppliers or wedding vendors are all the people and businesses who add all the little magical extras to your day.
So you popped the question and she said yes? Congratulations! You might think you can sit back and relax for the next few months while your wife-to-be does the planning, but we're afraid it doesn't work like that these days. The groom has a lot more responsibilities than just turning up on the day and saying ‘I do'. And let's face it, you're not exactly going to impress your bride if you're not willing to get stuck in with the wedding planning.
As the best man, planning the stag do is one of your most sacred duties. Sure, minding the rings and a making the best man's speech are huge responsibilities but planning and pulling off the stag do is the first opportunity for your performance as best man to be judged. And you will be judged. The bride, the bridesmaids, the groom's parents and crucially the bride's parents are going to be paying close attention. Mess this up and you may likely find yourself relegated to page boy.
It’s been a long and stressful build up to ‘the big day’, you’ve been planning for months and finally everything is in place (or you at least hope it is). ‘But what actually happens on the day?’, I hear you ask, ‘What does the groom need to do?’, ‘Where do I need to be?’. Well, let’s start with the day before the wedding.
To help you get ticking tasks off your long wedding to-do list (or crossing them off with a red pen, if you’re so inclined) we have a definitive guide to hiring or buying your wedding suit, so that you know your options, what they'll cost and where to start.