Tips for Grooms… on your wedding day!

While so much emphasis is on the bride, grooms have a lot to think about too. For any couple getting married, this is a big step in life. It is normal to feel stress, pressure, as well as the anxiety, joy, fear and excitement! I remind you all that it is not only normal, but propose that is tells you this is important. If you weren’t nervous, I might wonder about that.

So, to our grooms, here are a few things to remember…

When your bride walks down the aisle – focus on her. If her father is escorting her, don’t forget to shake his hand (and if mom is, too, give her a hug or a kiss) and be aware that her parents may be more nervous than you. I’ve seen many a dad that looked like a deer-in-the-headlights. He may try to turn and go to his seat, so be ready to pounce and grab his hand! You will look like the hero you are.

Groom and father-of-the-bride!

Groom and father-of-the-bride!

The grooms waits for his bride.

The grooms waits for his bride.

Please eat a decent meal, and don’t get caught up in the idea that you need to drink. You have a long day, or night, ahead of you. Some alcohol is fine, in proportion, if you are someone who enjoys it, but don’t forget the water, and stay hydrated. You want to remember every moment and not do anything embarrassing or worse! Start your marriage off by being a complete gentleman and create moments you will be truly proud of.

The wedding rings may be your responsibility. Be sure they come to the ceremony and are in the hands of the right people, usually the best man, but sometimes both best man and women, and occasionally a ring bearer will have the real rings. (Not something I recommend, but do-able if the ring bearer is a little older.)

If there are any payments due that day, be sure to have them ready and don’t make your vendors ask, try to remember and get them to them right away. If you can’t, send someone to do it for you.

That's one good-looking groom!

That's one good-looking groom!

Be ready early. You may be greeting guests as they arrive, or taking photos ahead of time. Pop a few breath mints in your pocket – always good to have, it’s a long day and you want each kiss to be sweet. Don’t shy away from having a facial, massage, or other special opportunity. Its not really the reason it’s called  ‘grooming,’ but it could be! You want to look your best, and getting your hair and skin looking great is not unmanly!

A nice warm moment between the groom and his future father-in-law!

A nice warm moment between the groom and his future father-in-law!

Take a moment for yourself. While you are getting ready, think back upon your journey to this day. If you find yourself getting really nervous, think ahead to your honeymoon plans, or other future plans, and focus on that for a while. It’s ok to take yourself out of the moment to get over the nervousness, but when its time for the ceremony, listen to the words, and please look at your bride, and savor the moment.

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