16May

Top 5 Wedding Prep Responsibilities (a Guy Can Totally Handle)

By, May 16, 2017

There are many ways for guys to be active participants in the wedding planning :) Even if DIY swan-folded napkins aren’t their thing, guys are fully capable of jumping in with the preparations, and helping to ensure the wedding day is amazing. Just like a marriage, the wedding planning can be the result of cooperation too!

To get their insight on this, we talked with our friends at Groovy Groomsmen Gifts, who shared their thoughts on ways a guy can kick it up a notch. Grooms-to-be, here are the Top 5 wedding prep responsibilities that are totally within your wheelhouse:

groomsmen getting ready bowtie and susperders wedding attire

1. Control Your Crew
Your groomsmen are ready to step up and be there for you. Hopefully they even listen to you :) If so, you can take it upon yourself to keep your boys in line. Often, this means coordinating schedules, and confirming that everyone knows where to be, and what their roles are. Make sure they understand what time they are expected and what to bring with them. A reminder phone call or text the day-of can help too! Then, once they are onsite, make sure they stay on track, and get suited up when needed. The more organized you are, the more time you’ll have to relax with your crew.

Groomsmen relaxing on lounge chairs before wedding

2. See An Opportunity? Jump In!
Even if you aren’t assigned to certain tasks, there are lots of ways to lend a hand. For example, scope out prospective vendors, help narrow down the venue, or volunteer to pick up the wedding rings. Be there for important meetings and help talk through the logistics. Your input, opinions, and involvement will make a difference! Give yourself assignments, help balance the to-do list, and enjoy the planning process together as a couple.

Groomsmen shining grooms shoes before wedding

3. Arrange the Marriage License
This may seem daunting, but it’s actually a piece of cake. With a quick brush up on your state’s marriage laws, you can easily prepare the necessary documents, and get everything in order. If you’re planning on a destination wedding, get in touch with an officiant in your chosen location, and ensure all your bases are covered. That way, your only job on your wedding day is to look good and have a blast.

Groom posing before ceremony and laughing with wedding officiant

4. Write Your Vows
If you plan on exchanging personal vows, this is something you can do early in the planning process. By writing your vows early on, you will have time to reflect and put your thoughts to paper. Writing your vows early will also put you in the right state of mind, and help you reflect on your love throughout the wedding process. You’ll also give yourself ample opportunity to rehearse, so you feel totally natural standing up and declaring your feelings in public :)

San Diego wedding vows groom

5. Thank Everyone Involved!
At some point during the process, your buddies (especially your best man), are likely to go above and beyond for you. Whether it’s throwing you an unforgettable bachelor party, running last minute errands, or wearing something besides cargo shorts for once, your friends and family deserve recognition. Their efforts on your behalf may even happen behind the scenes, in ways you’re not aware of. Give them some love, extend your appreciation, and hug it out!

Groomsmen having fun at wedding San Diego

If you are looking for unique and personalized groomsmen gifts, check out Groovy Groomsmen Gifts for a fun selection of stuff dudes like. Our personal faves are “Cool Time”, a slick wood-and-leather watch, and The Vegas Box, a swanky, self-contained party kit.

For more dapper dudes, check out our full collection of groomsmen photos.

15Mar

Dressed to Impress | Groomsmen Getting Ready

By, March 15, 2016

We love witnessing the bromance between the groom and his buddies on the wedding day. While the bride is squared away with her ladies, our second shooters typically head over to the groom and his fellas. By having two photographers on the wedding day, our crew is able to divide and conquer, and capture the early moments of the day from both perspectives. The guys often create hilarious and unpredictable moments, leading to unforgettable images to enjoy for years to come.

When we first arrive, the groom and his buddies are usually getting dressed to impress. Once they are prepped and ready, there may be time to kick back, talk smack, or play a competitive game of pool with a beer (or two) to celebrate. We enjoy finding creative ways for the guys to let loose and show off their personalities.

For a stylish collection of dapper dudes preparing to tie the knot, check out some of our favorite pre-ceremony moments.

Groomsmen fix ties in front of mirror

With so many groomsmen and only one mirror (above), we had to get a little creative. After spotting this awesome multi-paned mirror in the lobby, we made sure there was enough prep room for all the guys at Vanessa and Justin’s wedding.

Modern groom before wedding ceremonyGroom buttoning up jacket Groom's watch and bowtie

We love when grooms pick fun, vibrant details to match their personalities. When we noticed Anton getting a bowtie assist from one of his buddies on his wedding day (see above), we couldn’t resist capturing a photo in hopes of learning a trick or two ourselves.

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Sometimes, couples exchange a special pre-ceremony gift, such as during Begum and Michael’s wedding (left) or Katie and John’s (right). We like to capture intimate moments like this, where we can grab the Groom’s reaction as he reveals what’s inside.

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While Steven and his groomsmen shared a few rounds of jokes, we captured this genuine reaction from the groom, whose laughter couldn’t be contained. By staying alert and focused, we were able to jump on this fleeting moment before it passed.

Groom's colorful Socks and BowtieGroomsmen sit casually on steps

Between funky colored socks, dapper-looking bowties or fancy watches, the groom’s details can be just as colorful and entertaining as the bride’s.

Groomsmen help the groom with his outfitGroomsmen skateboarding down street

Daniel and his buddies are avid skateboarders, and after spying a stack of decks in the corner, we were determined to put them to good use. The group was more than willing to entertain us with some sweet tricks. By letting groomsmen show off their inner daredevils, we were able to document a fun and spontaneous moment.

Groomsmen wearing polka dot socksGroomsmen having fun playing pool before wedding ceremony

For more photos of couples getting ready for the big day, please click here.

27Dec

The Grand Reveal | Superman’s Posse

By, December 27, 2013

Things aren’t always what they seem, and that holds true for this group of gentlemen in charcoal suits.

In our Photo of the Week, our dapper groom CJ and his groomsmen appeared to be normal citizens, until we took them to a secluded spot on the beach.  With the sun beaming above, they began to unbutton their shirts, and right before our eyes, their true identities were revealed! Yes, every one of these handsome fellas is a superhero, including The Flash, Spider-Man, Batman, and of course the Man of Steel himself! I think it’s safe to say the lucky bride will have a long, happy and healthy married life, with plenty of people to protect her back :)

superheroes

Check out more photos from Ashley & CJ’s Wedding!