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.
As if wedding etiquette was not complicated enough to get a handle on, now there is a further level of complexity added with the rise of smartphones. Ninety percent of Irish adults own a smartphone, giving them the ability to photograph, live stream, comment on, and hashtag your wedding until their heart's content, whether you like it or not.
All the planning in the world can't guarantee that you won't have the occasional mishap on your wedding day. Don't fret, we've got you covered. Check out our wedding day survival kit below. It's got everything you need to ensure small accidents don't become wedding day emergencies.
Weddings are expensive, and it can be tempting to scrimp and save where possible. If you're wondering whether you really need to dip your hand in your pocket for entertainment at the reception, we're afraid the answer is always YES!
Your entertainment is not where you want to cut corners. Elaborate party favours, decorations and even the flowers will be forgotten over time, but nothing puts a dampener on a wedding like a boring reception.
Have you thought about what kind of wedding ceremony you and your partner would like? Traditionally, weddings in Ireland were held on a Saturday and were a church affair, but now there are a lot more options available. More and more couples are now opting for non-religious civil or humanist ceremonies.
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!
OK, so we've established by now that if you want to look good on the big day, whether you are the groom, groomsman or best man, only a perfect fitting wedding suit will do. If you missed our previous articles, I suggest you read ouressential guide to wedding suitsbefore you sink your teeth into this one.
To perfect the look the suit should then be paired with a good quality (and ironed!) shirt and topped off with some well-chosen accessories. But, weddings don't have to be all about formal silk cravats and cummerbunds these days. Even if you'rerenting your suits, it doesn't mean your wedding photos should be a carbon copy of the people who rented them before you. Try switching up your look from the traditional with something a little more fun and original.
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.