Although most of our blogs are for the brides to be, this one is for the grooms…
There are some things that a guy just has to know when preparing for the big day. With these tips, getting ready for the big day should be a bit more manageable.
1. Make a date with your fiance to get the marriage license. You must purchase your marriage license from the province/territory/country where your wedding will take place. If you are planning to marry in another country, you may wish to contact the consular office of that nation for information.
2. As the rehearsal dinner is traditionally the responsibility of your parents, you will want to assist them in planning it. What venue do you want to use? What kind of foods will make everyone happy? You can let your parents take the lead, but you should help make sure that any allergies are addressed, and do your best to provide options if you’re having any vegetarian or vegan guests.
3. If you’re going to have a honeymoon, plan on booking it at least 6 months in advance. Make sure your passports are in order, and check to see if any shots are required for your destination. This is also a good time to upgrade or become more familiar with your camera, as chances are you won’t have a pro on hand at your destination.
4. Arrange for transportation to the various locations for you, your bride, and the bridal party. This means booking the your preferred mode of transportation, whether it be limo(s), a carriage, or bicycles, as well as helping make sure that any car rentals for the bridal party and immediate family go smoothly.
5. Gifts are part of this event, and you don’t just receive them, you give them as well. The bride traditionally receives a gift from the groom such as jewellery. You’ll also need toÂ Â purchase gifts for your best men to thank them for sharing in your special day.
6. Your friends will want you to have a good time at your bachelor party. We encourage you to make certain that the party is at least one week prior to the wedding, and, if you can, make it even earlier than that.
7. Ensure that the MC or best men know to keep their speeches clean. Make certain that they do not bring up any stories about your bachelor party or past relationships. Too often, men believe that these stories are funny and they want to share them with friends and family. Trust us. You’ll only tick off the bride and her family and embarrass yourself and your family.
8. You need appropriate clothing for the rehearsal dinner and the gift opening. Sweats just don’t make it.
9. You need to have a replacement set of underwear, shirt, and socks. Having fresh gear keeps you feeling and looking good. Add a splash of colour to your formal palette with a pair of Bjorn Borgs.
10. Bring an extra pair of shoes to dance to ensure that your feet are fresh and footloose.