Monday, February 10, 2014

Preparing your groomsmen

Considering the little things for your wedding really can make all of the difference when it comes to a smooth and stress-free day. Those friends and family who have taken on special roles and responsibilities (bridesmaids and groomsmen, especially) want to be prepared to perform their very best. While it’s fun to fuss over the girls, make sure that you take time to prepare the best man and groomsmen for their part in your wedding.
Chances are, your bridesmaids could get dressed, accessorized, and attend to their hair and makeup needs in the dark with one hand tied behind their backs. You know, since us ladies do practically the same getting-ready-routine everyday. However, you should be mindful that the groom or groomsmen may not be accustomed to getting dressed to the nines on a regular basis, and may require a little extra instruction when it comes to the putting on the finishing touches. Here are some more groomsmen-related preparations to consider:
  • Ensure that someone knows how to tie the neckwear that the groomsmen will be wearing: a bow tie, neck tie, ascot or cravat. In this day and age, with the popularity of casual dress even in the workplace, it is not unheard of for a man not to know how to tie a bow tie. A good idea would be to have them practice ahead of time, using an online tutorial, such as the ones found at websites like ( Other accessories to consider are pocket square folds and how to put on a boutonniere.
  • Rings, rings– who’s got the rings? If you are not having a ring bearer, or your ring bearer is perhaps alittle bit too young and unpredictable to trust with the actual rings, make sure that your best man is prepared for this role. Your maid of honor will typically be cued by the officiant as to when to take the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony, as will your best man be instructed when to hand over the rings.
  • Raise your glass! When it comes time to toast, make sure that if you are expecting a few special words from your best man, he knows it. Not everyone can perform under pressure when they’re put on the spot, so having the chance to prepare something ahead of time can turn a potentially awkward wedding moment into the touching tribute they intended.

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