Congratulations, you plucked up the courage to pop the question, and she said yes! Your girlfriend may have turned into an unrecognisable planning diva, constantly making lists and asking for your opinion on flowers, stationery, colours, venues, rings, cakes, music and more…. And all you wanted to do was to get married!
Don’t panic, amongst all this planning frenzy there is some fun to be had… there are just a few things you need to do along the way…
As soon as you’re engaged you will need to work out with your fiancé how many you want in your bridal party. If your Mrs wants 12 bridesmaids, you don’t need to match it, however it may look a little uneven if you only have the one groomsman.
Now you have decided on how many, you will need to pick your lads. Make sure that the friends you pick will be up to the task. Your groomsmen will have to:
• Organise a great bucks party – and make sure you get home in one piece.
• Lend a helping hand on the day – lifting and organising.
• Accompany the bridesmaids to the reception.
• Help the groom out.
Your bride is busy hunting down the perfect dress to wear down the aisle. You need to put some thought into your attire also! Which suit you choose will depend on the formality of your wedding. Consider your body shape too…
• Stocky? Avoid long jackets
• Large chest? Wear a double breasted jacket
• Tall and lean? Anything will look good
• Short? Look for stripes
• Small? Check will make you look bigger
• Chubby? Go for dark colours
Look through the Grooms gallery for suit ideas or browse real wedding features to see what other grooms have done.
Transport is often the men’s domain, simply because they are more likely to put their hands up to help when cars are involved. Make sure you start this one early. You will need to have the cars booked at least six months in advance of the wedding. Go to the Wedding Cars category for more information on wedding car requirements and booking procedures.
Booking the honeymoon is traditionally the groom’s job, but nowadays the bride often wants to get involved. If you are a traditionalist though, keep the honeymoon a secret and reveal the destination to your bride at the wedding. How romantic! Book your honeymoon well in advance. It’s a good idea to book your holiday with a travel agent so that you can be sure all bases are covered.
Through your entire engagement, make sure you lend a hand where you can. Always ask what you can do, never pick her up on being a bossy bridezilla… and you should get through this alive and happy!
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