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5 Wedding Planning Tips for Grooms That Will Ace the Day


In the old days, the groom had two jobs. First, go down on his knees and propose to his girlfriend. Two, make sure the newly crowned fiancé gets all the financial support she needs to plan a seamless wedding. 

Well, that was the deal back in the 20th century. Now, in the 21st century, especially 2019, grooms are getting more actively involved in the planning of their weddings. It takes two to tango, and you’ll require two to have a successful wedding day.

But how do you do it?

Well, you shouldn’t jump all in and start doing everything. There are 5 key ways that you, as a groom, can come in and rock your fiancé’s world by helping her plan an awesome wedding. So, read on to learn more.

  1. Split the workload


It makes no sense if both of you decide to crowd up doing the same task. For instance, while the bride is busy making sure the cake is done, you can be bent-up making sure the location is secured and all the logistics are taken care of. 

Your fiancé will not only appreciate that you are taking some load off her back but by doing so, you’ll also be speeding up the whole planning process. More importantly, the last-minute planning activities that still need to be done will be handled with a soberer mind, avoiding catastrophe on the last day.

  1. Start working on the wedding registry


It’s so hard to figure out what your friends might bring you for your wedding gift. So why not make a wedding registry

A wedding registry will help you communicate what you preferably want to be gifted on your special day. You might already have a huge smart TV set that getting another one might be pointless. 

Maybe you might be interested in camping gear, kitchenware or some specific home electronics. Make sure you communicate all that in the registry.

  1. Carefully select and oversee your groomsmen


It’s your responsibility, as the groom, to ensure that the groomsmen’s list is on check and everyone is busy gearing up for the big day. Thus, you need to find the time, early enough, to start choosing the groomsmen

Most times, if the decision is tough for you, you can settle on the best man and have him help you select the rest of the pack.

Once the list is done, you need to manage these folks and ensure they fit their suits, stay fit ready for the big day and keep them updated on the activities and schedule for the big day.

  1. Choose the gifts for the groomsmen and best man


Yes, the traveling expenses, accommodation, and food for the time they’ll be around you before the wedding will all fall on them. But how do you finally say thanks to the boys for sticking around?

By gifting them.

Which kinds of gifts exactly? Well, as far as the men go, jewelry and kitchenware don’t tick. Here are a few that might:

  1. Camping gear

Who amongst your crew won’t love a night out in the wild, reminiscing old boyhood memories over a bottle of beer? Buying them camping gear might thus be the best choice of gifts for them. There are a lot of options available to choose in the market, like this Yeti Rumber Coaster.

  1. Bottle opener

Wait, a bottle opener? Yes. How will you open those bottles of beer when you go for a boy’s night out after your honeymoon? 

Despite looking so simple and casual, a simple bottle opener might mean a lot to the boys. It might be treated as a commitment to maintaining the close ties, despite getting someone special in your life.

  1. Wristwatch

A man’s style is crowned by his wristwatch. Thus, there’s no better way of giving thanks to the groomsmen and best man other than buying them a set of classic wristwatches. However, be careful to select one that matches their styles best – most preferably, you can opt for different designs for each, based on their tastes.

  1. Shave and brush set

One last thing that you can consider buying for your best man and the groomsmen is a shaving kit. As long as they got their beard growing, they’ll be remembering the day they stood for you at the best moment of your life. 

Is this all?

Well, not really. As far as gifts go, you can select various items from a vast selection of online stores.

And a pro tip: make sure you order these gifts early enough. Preferably a month before the wedding so that you can deal with any delivery hiccups that may arise.

  1. Plan the honeymoon


Despite the 21st century demanding more from the groom as far as wedding planning is concerned, one unbroken rule all through the ages is that the groom must plan for the honeymoon. In most cases, the bride will prefer to be surprised by the location and dates of the planned vacation.

But even if the bride gets involved, add some bit of excitement and plan excursions and fun activities that she won’t be aware of, until you set foot in the place.

In a nutshell


Planning a wedding involves more than you, as a groom, being there for your bride and helping her accomplish the large number of tasks she has. Apart from paying attention to the five tips given above, offering emotional support and an array of “I love you” to your bride can go a long way in making the day a success.


A Florida Beach Wedding Guide.


A Florida Destination Beach Wedding 


Written by Michael Jones, with over 30 Years in the Wedding industry Michael is more than qualified to help plan, run, and help with any aspect of your wedding from planning to day of Co Ordination , He was voted President of the Bay Area Bridal Association 6 times by his piers , leading them to the largest Wedding show in the Tampa Bay Area. He owned and operated a Country Club for over 25 years doing over 200 weddings a year. His team is outstanding as he was able to pick the best of the best over the two decades at his club.


So why plan a beach wedding in Florida, why not, we have the best weather , we are based on Clearwater Beach , voted now the third year in a row, Best Beach in the whole USA .


We can and do of course travel all over the State of Florida, but its here on Clearwater beach that we do most of our weddings, at this time no permit is required , unlike a lot of beaches who have seen a tremendous jump in the number of beach weddings over the past 5 years and so the local Cities are now charging $200 plus for a beach wedding permit at a lot of locations , please check with our staff , who can advise you if the beach your looking at requires a permit.


The beauty of what we do, is to make your life as stress free as possible, we come to you , so if you book a beach hotel , villa , condo or house , we can set up right there on the beach for you, so all you have to do on the day , is relax , get dressed and walk out to us. We will already be set up waiting to go.   We typically meet you at the back of the property about 5-10 minutes before the aisle time. The minister will take the groom and guests out to the set up while the photographer waits for the bride to arrive. The photographer will then take a few a pictures of the bride, before bringing her out to us at the set up.  The ceremony takes place.

Once complete we will take a group picture of everyone there, then using the bride and grooms help narrow down and down through family to just themselves.  Its at that point we will typically take the bride and groom, plus their children if they have any, down to the waters edge for the remaining shots, so as to eliminate any other beach traffic, but more importantly to enable us to get a clear backdrop of the fantastic Florida Sunsets over the ocean.


After the photographer has completed their hour with you, we will then burn your images to a disc or thumb drive for you, before leaving you, so you have all your images instantly. All copyright free and with full printing right to you. We do then offer a full enhancement program once you have viewed all the pictures. Select the ones you really love and we can enhance them for you, where its just one or the whole shoot.


To book us is easy: we require just the $250 retainer, we instantly email out to you an invoice with receipt, a contract, full information on how to get your Florida Marriage License, as it generally has to be done in person, and a choice of ceremony’s for you to pick from.  We then contact you about 2 weeks before your wedding to go over everything with you including choice of ceremony, they are very flexible and can be altered to suit you, including writing your own vows, your color scheme for the decorated Arch, unity sand and fresh Rose petals. 


Its then at that time after we have finalized all the details with you that your balance is due just 7-10 days before your big day.


Its just that easy, a walk on the beach as so many of our clients have expressed to us juts how easy we made it for them.  We are always available to answer questions by both phone, email and text and try to respond very very quickly so you have the peace of mind of knowing the answer to that all important question as you think of it. 


You will have questions for us, please ask, we are here to help guide and make the planning of your Dream Beach wedding in Florida as easy as possible. 



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