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5 Types of Groomsmen You’ll Find at Every Wedding

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Oct 312016
 
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No two weddings are alike, but it seems like the same type of peeps are always standing by the groom's side. On the one hand you've got the trusty married man who keeps everyone else in line (or at least tries) and on the other, you've got the single and super ready-to-mingle friend who can't take his eyes off all the bridesmaids. Here are the five most common types of groomsmen you'll find at every wedding.

1. The Party Starter
This guy can barely contain his excitement throughout the ceremony, as he's just itching to get out there on the dance floor and get the party started. He's fun loving, loud at times but definitely the dude you want around because he keeps all the other guests moving and grooving to the music. He can also make small talk like it's his job, which is a wonderful skill to have at a wedding. The only time you'll actually see him leave the dance floor is to refill his drink, duh.

2. The Single-and-Ready-to-Mingle Groomsman
You know that one groomsmen you warn all your single bridesmaids about? Well, this is that guy. He's on a mission to make out (more if can find someone willing, of course) with any gal who will give him the time of day at the wedding. He relies on a lot of liquid courage, and watch out, because chances are he can be quite the charmer. Either that, or he turns into a total hot mess after too many adult beverages.

3. The Married, Responsible One
Chances are, he's also the best man. He likely organized the entire bachelor party, is set to give a speech the day of and has been besties with the groom since they were on the same soccer team in middle school. You definitely don't have to worry about him getting wasted on Jack Daniels the day of. He's clean cut, his wife and the bride-to-be are also close, and he all around has his you-know-what together.

See More: 20 Unique Groomsmen Gift Ideas

4. The Serial Groomsman
He's been in at least 27 weddings (okay maybe we're exaggerating a little here) already! Thank goodness he doesn't have to buy a new tux every time though or this dude would literally be broke. He's friends with everyone, and it's easy to see why; he's such a nice, outgoing and generally great guy. You can count on him to show up on time, deliver a solid speech if need be and entertain a room of total strangers. Plus, he looks pretty darn good in a suit too. By now, he has the whole groomsman duties thing down pat, which is just an added bonus.

5. The Overachiever
Oh yes, there's always one in every wedding. He takes his job as a groomsman very seriously and always want to give a speech or toast, which he's probably practiced every day for the past month leading up to the wedding. No way this guy's just winging it! You can bet your ass his gift to the bride and groom will outshine everyone else's too because that's just how this groomsman rolls. Let him plan the bachelor party and it's sure to be something epic with a billion activities to boot.


Now This Has to Be the WORST Best Man’s Speech Ever…

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Oct 182016
 
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Uh-oh! We hate to break it to you, but whether your bridal bun is more Bride of Frankenstein or the wedding party's limo never arrives, wedding day disasters can — and do — happen. But as the BRIDES October/November 2016 issue proves, brides-to-be can survive any catastrophe. (Trust us!) In our latest issue, real and very brave brides are sharing their wedding nightmares. These major mishaps might have you clutching your pearls, but don't worry — everyone still had their happily ever after. See? Brides can handle anything! Still don't believe us? Read one of the catastrophic wedding day tales below.

I have an unusual job. I'm a dating coach for smart, strong, successful women. I have a long history that involves a failed screenwriting career, 300 online dates, and four books I wrote about relationships. But finally, after 10 years of dating and five years of coaching, I found lasting love. Instead of choosing the female version of me (my previous pattern, and, yes, even the experts do that), I landed a warm, patient, easygoing woman who accepted me 100 percent as I was.

Unfortunately, that meant that for the six months before our wedding, she had to accept my groomzilla tendencies. My wife, Bridget, had been married before, but this was my first rodeo, and I wanted the party to perfectly reflect my personality. So I found the location, tasted the food, booked the band, created the wedding website, and so on. And it all came off flawlessly — the pre-wedding karaoke party, the personalized vows on a yacht at sunset, the choreographed salsa dance...

Then came the speeches. My best man had been my roommate and screenwriting partner for years. He was brilliant, funny, and charismatic, and he knew me better than anybody. He was also a flake with a flair for the dramatic. I'd seen him give a rambling, drunken 20-minute toast at his sister's wedding, so I made him promise not to drink at mine. To his credit, he didn't, which made what happened next all the more unfathomable.

In his quest to make the "greatest speech ever," he forgot the best-man playbook: Tease the groom about his old dating habits, tell the bride she's too good for him, and give a quick toast. No, this best-man speech didn't even mention the groom or bride. It was like an Andy Kaufman-esque piece of performance art. After about 20 minutes, when our 110 guests began murmuring amongst themselves, I told him to wrap it up. He obliged. But the next thing I knew, the kitchen's swinging double doors opened and the service staff hoisted a heavy refrigerator box onto the sweetheart table in front of us. The box was moving. I slowly peeked in. Suddenly, out popped a dwarf in a jester's costume.

"Holy fucking Christ," I screamed into the mike. I looked up to see Bridget's Irish Catholic family, only feet away, with grim looks on their faces. I heard my college friends in the back of the room, cackling. I saw Bridget with a stiff smile on her face, knowing that the entire room was looking at her. The performance was cut short, and everyone went into damage-control mode. The maid of honor spoke about her 20-year friendship with my wife, akin to sisterhood. My two brothers-in-law spoke about how love is an action verb. My mom spoke. My mom's new husband spoke. Unplanned speakers spoke, all to compensate for the train-wreck best man and his unusual "gift" (which was supposed to be a hilarious allusion to an old screenplay we'd written).

See More: 50 Mistakes Grooms Always Make

Now, you may be wondering what Bridget was thinking. In those fateful moments after the disastrous speech, she was calm, cool, and collected — fully aware that everyone was staring at her and determined not to overreact to something beyond her control. I looked at her in those panicked moments of utter mortification and fed off her no-drama demeanor. It calmed me down, as it has endless times in the eight years since that day.

A wedding is a metaphor for marriage if there ever was one. You plan, you communicate, you try to control things, and then life happens and throws a costumed little person at you. It's how you react that determines your marital happiness. My wife managed to placate her family, unruffle my feathers, and assure the guests that one bad speech wasn't going to dictate the tone of the rest of the night. And while we would much rather be known as the yacht wedding than the dwarf wedding, that's okay. Thanks to the formula Tragedy + Time = Comedy, even my straitlaced in-laws can now tell our story with a smile — although they never quote my reaction to the dwarf verbatim.

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Now This Has to Be the WORST Best Man’s Speech Ever…

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Oct 182016
 
Worst Best Man Speech Ever

Photo: Getty Images

Uh-oh! We hate to break it to you, but whether your bridal bun is more Bride of Frankenstein or the wedding party's limo never arrives, wedding day disasters can — and do — happen. But as the BRIDES October/November 2016 issue proves, brides-to-be can survive any catastrophe. (Trust us!) In our latest issue, real and very brave brides are sharing their wedding nightmares. These major mishaps might have you clutching your pearls, but don't worry — everyone still had their happily ever after. See? Brides can handle anything! Still don't believe us? Read one of the catastrophic wedding day tales below.

I have an unusual job. I'm a dating coach for smart, strong, successful women. I have a long history that involves a failed screenwriting career, 300 online dates, and four books I wrote about relationships. But finally, after 10 years of dating and five years of coaching, I found lasting love. Instead of choosing the female version of me (my previous pattern, and, yes, even the experts do that), I landed a warm, patient, easygoing woman who accepted me 100 percent as I was.

Unfortunately, that meant that for the six months before our wedding, she had to accept my groomzilla tendencies. My wife, Bridget, had been married before, but this was my first rodeo, and I wanted the party to perfectly reflect my personality. So I found the location, tasted the food, booked the band, created the wedding website, and so on. And it all came off flawlessly — the pre-wedding karaoke party, the personalized vows on a yacht at sunset, the choreographed salsa dance...

Then came the speeches. My best man had been my roommate and screenwriting partner for years. He was brilliant, funny, and charismatic, and he knew me better than anybody. He was also a flake with a flair for the dramatic. I'd seen him give a rambling, drunken 20-minute toast at his sister's wedding, so I made him promise not to drink at mine. To his credit, he didn't, which made what happened next all the more unfathomable.

In his quest to make the "greatest speech ever," he forgot the best-man playbook: Tease the groom about his old dating habits, tell the bride she's too good for him, and give a quick toast. No, this best-man speech didn't even mention the groom or bride. It was like an Andy Kaufman-esque piece of performance art. After about 20 minutes, when our 110 guests began murmuring amongst themselves, I told him to wrap it up. He obliged. But the next thing I knew, the kitchen's swinging double doors opened and the service staff hoisted a heavy refrigerator box onto the sweetheart table in front of us. The box was moving. I slowly peeked in. Suddenly, out popped a dwarf in a jester's costume.

"Holy fucking Christ," I screamed into the mike. I looked up to see Bridget's Irish Catholic family, only feet away, with grim looks on their faces. I heard my college friends in the back of the room, cackling. I saw Bridget with a stiff smile on her face, knowing that the entire room was looking at her. The performance was cut short, and everyone went into damage-control mode. The maid of honor spoke about her 20-year friendship with my wife, akin to sisterhood. My two brothers-in-law spoke about how love is an action verb. My mom spoke. My mom's new husband spoke. Unplanned speakers spoke, all to compensate for the train-wreck best man and his unusual "gift" (which was supposed to be a hilarious allusion to an old screenplay we'd written).

See More: 50 Mistakes Grooms Always Make

Now, you may be wondering what Bridget was thinking. In those fateful moments after the disastrous speech, she was calm, cool, and collected — fully aware that everyone was staring at her and determined not to overreact to something beyond her control. I looked at her in those panicked moments of utter mortification and fed off her no-drama demeanor. It calmed me down, as it has endless times in the eight years since that day.

A wedding is a metaphor for marriage if there ever was one. You plan, you communicate, you try to control things, and then life happens and throws a costumed little person at you. It's how you react that determines your marital happiness. My wife managed to placate her family, unruffle my feathers, and assure the guests that one bad speech wasn't going to dictate the tone of the rest of the night. And while we would much rather be known as the yacht wedding than the dwarf wedding, that's okay. Thanks to the formula Tragedy + Time = Comedy, even my straitlaced in-laws can now tell our story with a smile — although they never quote my reaction to the dwarf verbatim.

Evan Marc Katz is a dating coach and author of 4 books, most recently "Believe in Love." If you're a smart woman who wants to understand men and find love, look him up at www.evanmarckatz.com.

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The Groomsmen’s Oh-So Simple (Yet Super Important) To-Do List

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Oct 172016
 

While bridesmaids have a whole list of responsibilities, being a groomsmen sounds, er, pretty easy. Rent a suit, get dressed on time, and escort a bridesmaid down the aisle. Pretty basic, right? The job description may be simple, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things the groomsmen should keep in mind before they head down the aisle. Our experts have put together a list of things groomsmen can't forget to do — before the ceremony begins.

Check the Boutonnieres
Take a gander around the group. All boutonnieres should be on the left lapel, and should be pinned in the same orientation. For floral boutonnieres, this means the flowers pointing up, angled ever-so-slightly toward the left shoulder (running parallel to the inner edge of the lapel, where the jacket meets the shirt).

Spit Out Your Gum
You might be surprised to see the planner or venue coordinator holding out their hand for groomsmen to spit out their gum before they walk down the aisle, but it happens pretty frequently! Save the embarrassment and dispose of your gum in advance. You don't want to be that guy with a wad of gum in his mouth in his buddy's wedding video!

Put Down Your Phone
Not in your coat pocket, not in your back pocket. Take your phone out of your pocket and put it away — we'd recommend alongside the bridesmaids' purses so it doesn't get misplaced. Even the thinnest of phones will stick out in your pocket, especially in a lighter-colored suit. Empty pockets means smoother pants and jackets, which means better photos!

Perfect the Details
Make the rounds and ensure everyone's tie is tied correctly and is straight and flat. Button your jacket, make sure it's laying flat over your shirt, and brush off your shoulders and lapels. Then stand up straight, offer your arm to a bridesmaid, and smile!

See more: Does Our Wedding Party Have to Sit Together at the Reception?

8 Things the Best Man Should NEVER Do at the Wedding

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Sep 202016
 
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Getting tapped with the honor of being a best man is one of the most exciting moments of any guy-in-a-bromance's life. It's the ultimate chance to be there for your best friend and quite the honor. But, as you're preparing to take on your best man duties, make sure to take note of these eight things you should avoid doing on the wedding day.

1. Wing your speech.
Even if you think it's best to give an impromptu speech at the wedding, writing and rehearsing your toast beforehand is always the way to go. When the nerves kick in and you've already have a few drinks, you will feel more at ease if you have a pre-written speech.

2. Take too much advantage of the open bar.
Just because the free shots of Patron are eyeing you from the bar doesn't mean you have to take full advantage of them. As the best man, you'll be setting an example that the other groomsmen will follow. So avoid the shots — at least until later in the night.

3. Change out of your tuxedo.

Even if you find yourself getting sweaty on the dance floor, leave your tux on for the night. Remember, you're not at a Vegas pool party, you're at an elegant affair — and there will be picture taken throughout the night. No one wants to see a shirtless or disheveled groomsman in photos.

4. Hit on the bridesmaids.
You'll be spending a lot of time with the bridal party, so treat them with respect. Otherwise you *may* earn yourself the title of 'the creepy best man.'

5. Get the groom drunk before the ceremony.
It may be tempting to feed the groom a few shots before the wedding to help calm his nerves and start the party early, but as the best man, one of your main jobs is to make sure the groom walks down the aisle — sober. Keeping him as sober as possible pre-wedding will make your job a whole lot easier.

See More: What are the Best Man's Duties?

6. Go MIA.
Be sure to have the groom's back on his wedding day and try not to leave his side. Even if it seems like you have a lot of downtime before the wedding and you want to search for the nearest bar or spot to eat, make sure you don't disappear on the groom.

7. Show up late... to anything.
The last thing any groom wants to deal with on his wedding day is a best man that's an hour late. A good rule of thumb is to be 10 minutes early for every wedding event.

8. Take over the dance floor.
It's great to be the Best Man who is the life of the party, but try not to steal the show. Remember who the center of attention should be that night (hint: the bride and groom).

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

What Should We Do if Someone in Our Wedding Party Can’t Make It?

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Aug 142016
 

Last-minute cancellations for your wedding are tough. From the meal count to the seating chart, finding out someone can't attend your wedding after you've put in the work can be frustrating! It can be particularly sad if the person who can't make it is a bridesmaid, groomsmen, or other member of your wedding party. So what's a couple to do if their ranks are a little smaller come wedding day? Here are a few tips from our experts.

There are a few logistical items you should take care of ASAP if you'll have one fewer member of your wedding party. First, get in touch with your vendors to make any necessary changes that will impact your budget. Whether it's one less bouquet or boutonniere, canceling a hair appointment, or simply removing a chair and meal from your head table, these are all items that you probably haven't paid for yet, so you should be able to recoup some costs. Second, have your bridesmaid or groomsmen see which of their own arrangements they can cancel. Is the groomsman renting a suit? See if he can get at least a partial refund. Bridesmaid renting a hotel room or a car for the weekend? She should be able to get some of her money back. While flights are hard to cancel, they may be able to retain some of the fee as a credit toward future travel.

Then, of course, there are the items that are a little harder to change. Don't worry about having your ceremony programs reprinted. Chances are most guests won't notice that there was one fewer groomsman heading down the aisle, and those that know someone's not present will probably already know he or she wasn't able to make it. You may need to double up on the processional, with one groomsman escorting two bridesmaids or a groomsman walking alone, but non-traditional processionals are totally ok!

And lastly, you should still pop that bridesmaid or groomsman gift in the mail, along with a note and a few pictures from your big day. Even if they weren't able to be there to celebrate with you, this is a sweet way to let them know you missed them, and to share a little piece of your celebration.

See more: The 3 Things a Bride Can't Ask Her Bridesmaids to Do

5 Tips for Dealing with a Wedding Party That Doesn’t Like Each Other

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Jul 272016
 
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A wedding party implies it's a happy group, and that's certainly your goal on your wedding day. But just because you and your fiancé love all of the people who will be standing up for you doesn't mean that all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen are as equally enamored of each other.

Whether they're your siblings or best friends, chances are most of your wedding party will have met each other in the past. If you're marrying your childhood sweetheart or high school crush, it's likely that your social circles have mixed, mingled and possibly even hooked up with one another through the history of your relationship.

Before you start asking people to stand by your side on your big day, I recommend brides and grooms consider the makeup of the group. If you MUST include people who have had previous romantic entanglements, or who openly dislike each other for any other reason, be prepared for some drama during your wedding planning and on the big day. But whatever the specific issues may be, try my five expert tips for helping your wedding party get along:

1. Don't choose favorites.
If two of your friends detest each other, and tend to compete for your attention, do not choose one of them, over the other, to be your maid of honor (or best man). You will hurt feelings, and you will give one of them a leg up on the other. True, their problems with each other are not YOUR problems. But if they're bickering in your bridal suite, nobody has fun.

2. Don't include your entire wedding party in all of your planning missions.
Not all the bridesmaids need to go wedding dress shopping with you. Hair and makeup trials only require opinions from a couple of people, max. There are plenty of pre-wedding tasks that need to be accomplished and there's no need to force people to hang out with friends of yours they don't like for more than the wedding weekend.

3. Don't pair up former pairs.
Avoid pairing ex-partners to walk down your aisle, or dance at the wedding. If these people really liked each other, they'd still be together. Hopefully, they're able to be poised and gracious for the duration of your wedding events, but asking them to sit next to each other at dinner is thoughtless, and a little bit cruel.

4. Don't be a fixer.
You know where your trouble spots are — figure out how to work around them. Don't try to use your own wedding to mend fences between friends who aren't speaking to each other. As members of the wedding party, they have an obligation to behave in a civil manner, but zero obligation to be friendly.

5. If you do need to step in, do it early.
Tackle the problem before the week of the wedding, if something must be said. Sit down, privately, and explain your concerns if you're worried that someone will drink too much and things may turn nasty. Ask them to respect the importance of your day. And be sure to talk to all parties involved in the conflict, so that nobody feels singled out.

See More: Does the Wedding Party Need to Bring a Gift to Every Pre-Wedding Event?

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

Every Detail You Need to Include in Your Wedding Party’s Day-Of Timeline

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Jul 192016
 

The key to your wedding going off without a hitch is timelines. Trust us. From when vendors should arrive for deliveries to what time the last song gets played, letting everyone know what's happening and when will keep your team on the same page and help make sure details don't get overlooked. A timeline is also a great way to make sure you and your wedding party are in the right place at the right time. After all, you don't want to be hunting down a bridesmaid when it's her turn in the makeup chair! When you're putting together a weekend schedule for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, or the whole lot of them, here are the details you can't forget to include.

Your Rehearsal
Start your timeline before the morning of your wedding, including any pre-wedding events you'll need them to attend. Specify when and where your rehearsal will be taking place, as well as the time and location of your rehearsal dinner and/or welcome party. Stick in a note about the dress code, too!

Hair and Makeup Appointments
Work with your hair and makeup artists to create a timeline of who is having services and when. Include the specified service (such as an updo or false eyelash application) and any notes your stylist wants to pass on, such as whether ladies should arrive with clean, dry hair or wet hair that will be blow-dried. Are your 'maids paying for their own services? Put the total cost of each of their appointments (plus tip!) on the timeline so they know to bring cash or their check book.

Items That Can't Be Forgotten
Are the bridesmaids all getting ready in your suite, or groomsmen gathering at the hotel to get ready after a round of golf? It won't hurt to include a list of what they need to have with them, from bridesmaids' dresses and suits to those cute monogrammed button downs you gifted them for getting-ready photos.

What Time They're Getting Dressed
Even if your bridesmaids will be with you all day, put in a note about what time they need to start getting dressed — it might be before you put your gown on so they can help you get ready, or while you're doing your first look if you've tapped Mom for that job instead. The same goes for groomsmen. Sure, they take much less time to don their suits, but they'll appreciate knowing they need to be decent when the florist arrives with boutonnieres.

A Basic Photography Timeline
There's no need to spell out the exact order of every picture, but give your family and wedding party a basic idea of when pictures will be taken. Doing all your photos before the ceremony? Make sure your parents and family know to arrive early. And if you're snapping shots after you say "I do," this is a great way to make sure no one strays too far once you've walked down the aisle.

See More: An Exact Timeline for Every Bride's Pre-Wedding Beauty Needs

Ceremony and Reception Timeline
Sure, it's all on the invitation, but give your wedding party a little more information so they can be prepared for your big day. Remind them when you'll be walking down the aisle, when cocktail hour begins, and what time guests should be seated for dinner. You should also include what time your parents, maid of honor, and best man will be making toasts! This way they'll be prepared when the MC invites them to the mic — and will know how long they'll want to wait before hitting the bar.

Transportation Information and Addresses
Are you providing shuttle service for your wedding party (or all of your guests)? Include what time transportation will be arriving and departing. If they'll be driving themselves or taking a cab, also make sure to include the addresses of your venue(s) and any parking information they'll need to know.

Important Phone Numbers
You won't want your wedding party or family members calling you with questions the morning of your wedding! Instead, provide them with contact information for your wedding planner or coordinator, the maid of honor and best man, and your parents (in that order). Your planner should be able to answer pretty much any question, while if they really need to get in touch with you, it should be through your MOH or your mom instead of by texting you directly.

Every Detail You Need to Include in Your Wedding Party’s Day-Of Timeline

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Jul 192016
 

The key to your wedding going off without a hitch is timelines. Trust us. From when vendors should arrive for deliveries to what time the last song gets played, letting everyone know what's happening and when will keep your team on the same page and help make sure details don't get overlooked. A timeline is also a great way to make sure you and your wedding party are in the right place at the right time. After all, you don't want to be hunting down a bridesmaid when it's her turn in the makeup chair! When you're putting together a weekend schedule for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, or the whole lot of them, here are the details you can't forget to include.

Your Rehearsal
Start your timeline before the morning of your wedding, including any pre-wedding events you'll need them to attend. Specify when and where your rehearsal will be taking place, as well as the time and location of your rehearsal dinner and/or welcome party. Stick in a note about the dress code, too!

Hair and Makeup Appointments
Work with your hair and makeup artists to create a timeline of who is having services and when. Include the specified service (such as an updo or false eyelash application) and any notes your stylist wants to pass on, such as whether ladies should arrive with clean, dry hair or wet hair that will be blow-dried. Are your 'maids paying for their own services? Put the total cost of each of their appointments (plus tip!) on the timeline so they know to bring cash or their check book.

Items That Can't Be Forgotten
Are the bridesmaids all getting ready in your suite, or groomsmen gathering at the hotel to get ready after a round of golf? It won't hurt to include a list of what they need to have with them, from bridesmaids' dresses and suits to those cute monogrammed button downs you gifted them for getting-ready photos.

What Time They're Getting Dressed
Even if your bridesmaids will be with you all day, put in a note about what time they need to start getting dressed — it might be before you put your gown on so they can help you get ready, or while you're doing your first look if you've tapped Mom for that job instead. The same goes for groomsmen. Sure, they take much less time to don their suits, but they'll appreciate knowing they need to be decent when the florist arrives with boutonnieres.

A Basic Photography Timeline
There's no need to spell out the exact order of every picture, but give your family and wedding party a basic idea of when pictures will be taken. Doing all your photos before the ceremony? Make sure your parents and family know to arrive early. And if you're snapping shots after you say "I do," this is a great way to make sure no one strays too far once you've walked down the aisle.

See More: An Exact Timeline for Every Bride's Pre-Wedding Beauty Needs

Ceremony and Reception Timeline
Sure, it's all on the invitation, but give your wedding party a little more information so they can be prepared for your big day. Remind them when you'll be walking down the aisle, when cocktail hour begins, and what time guests should be seated for dinner. You should also include what time your parents, maid of honor, and best man will be making toasts! This way they'll be prepared when the MC invites them to the mic — and will know how long they'll want to wait before hitting the bar.

Transportation Information and Addresses
Are you providing shuttle service for your wedding party (or all of your guests)? Include what time transportation will be arriving and departing. If they'll be driving themselves or taking a cab, also make sure to include the addresses of your venue(s) and any parking information they'll need to know.

Important Phone Numbers
You won't want your wedding party or family members calling you with questions the morning of your wedding! Instead, provide them with contact information for your wedding planner or coordinator, the maid of honor and best man, and your parents (in that order). Your planner should be able to answer pretty much any question, while if they really need to get in touch with you, it should be through your MOH or your mom instead of by texting you directly.

5 Foolproof Ways to Make Your Groom’s Wedding Suit Pop

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Jul 132016
 
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You're not a basic bride, so girls, don't let your groom be anything but extraordinary on the big day either! Memories may fade, but pictures last forever, and you'll both want to look back on those images one day thinking, "Dang, we looked good, didn't we?" From finding the perfect fit to making all the little details count, here are 5 foolproof ways to ensure your groom's wedding suit pops and is seriously on point, thanks to the CEO and co-founder of Brackish feather bow ties, Jeff Plotner.

1. Kick the neckwear up a notch
Whether you're having a fancy black tie affair in a five-star hotel or an intimate bohemian wedding in an enchanted forest, a dapper bow tie (like Brackish's Guinea or Original) that stands out from the crowd is a must. Don't be afraid to play around with patterns and color, especially if you're keeping the rest of your look fairly simple.

2. Put his feet first
Yes, grooms should splurge on a nice pair of shoes for the big day. Unlike you, he'll actually be able to wear them again (to work) and get his money's worth. "Plus, they're not only crucial to his wedding look, but his overall comfort throughout the evening as well," explains Plotner. Some of his favorite go-to brands for grooms include Edward's Shoes and Billy Reid, especially for the Double Monk Straps, he says. While playful socks are fun peeking out in a few photos too, stick to the classics when it comes to wedding footwear and let the shoe's elegant details speak for themselves.

3. Focus on the right fit
He didn't settle for you (duh), so he def shouldn't settle for an ill-fitting suit. As Plotner points out, a properly-tailored suit will look good at every angle, and that's what counts. Pick the garment that fits best in the chest and shoulders, he advises, as tailors can't do much in that department. Don't worry, a knowledgeable associate at a reputable store should be able to point your groom in the right direction. Also, have him pay special attention to the sleeve and pant length once he's made his pick. "If you want a custom look without custom prices, consider additional tapering through the body of the suit, coat and legs of the pants," recommends Plotner. "Modern details like side vents and flat-front pants should be a given, and for the true clothing connoisseur, working suit sleeve buttonholes are always a nice touch."

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4. Make every detail count
Because it's all in the details! Accent his look with a lapel pin or a pocket square for a subtle compliment to his suit or tux, suggests Plotner. "For example, our Plum Thicket Pins, which are often worn on the lapel, are created from wild plum thicket thorns that are foraged in the midlands of South Carolina, dried, and paired with hand selected feathers by our team of artisans." Now, how's that for unique?

5. Don't hang the groomsmen out to dry
They're a direct representation of your groom so you'll want to make sure they're dressed accordingly. For this reason, Plotner thinks rentals generally aren't the best idea. "A black tux, navy or grey suit are traditional staples in every man's wardrobe. Selecting one of these classic styles for the groomsmen to wear on the wedding day could potentially save them some dough or give them a good reason to make a stylish purchase with the future in mind."

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