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Groom Etiquette

Groom with Groomsmen

You're not alone if you're thinking that most wedding services are focused on the Bride! We're here to help. There's almost too much information available for the Bride, so much so that it's got to be confusing for both! To honor the Groom, we've developed a page or two that should offer some value. You'll note a fairly complete checklist below as well as some Words of Wisdom from other Grooms... who no doubt learned the information they're sharing the hard way!

Select your Best Man wisely! Preferably one who has great organizational skills.

He'll be assisting you in a number of ways outlined below.

•  Making sure that everyone looks great in their tuxes.
•  Ensuring that all parties know how to get to the church.
•  Managing your Groomsmen, their responsibilities and lodging.
•  Picking up boutonnieres and other last minute miscellaneous errands.
•  Helping with your honeymoon travel arrangements.
•  Organizing your bachelor party.
•  Assisting with the rehearsal dinner to include preparing a toast to the Bride and Groom.
•  Assuming the roles of chauffeur, toastmaster and friend and advisor.
•  Storing your marriage license in a safe place until the wedding day.
•  Assisting you with finding the perfect gift for your Bride from the Groomsmen.
•  Delivering payment to your minister, priest, rabbi, or other officiator, as well as the band, chauffeur, photographer, etc.
•  And don't forget, handing you your wedding rings at the right time!

Choose your formalwear merchant. Be sure to set up an appointment to select the style and colors. You should make sure your future Bride is there with you before you sign off on the sky-blue, 70's throwback tux. Although most Brides want their wedding gown to be a surprise to you, it generally doesn't work the other way around!

Make your boutonniere selection. It's the Groom's responsibility to purchase for the Bridal Bouquet and most pay for the floral arrangements as well. You might consider having your wedding bands engraved. And if you do, here are a couple ideas: Semper fidelis [Always faithful], Semper amemus [Our love is forever], Autre ne veux [I think of none other], Forever in Love, and Our love is eternal.

Don't forget to purchase a combination membership for your Bride to two or more gourmet clubs that you both enjoy! Every month you can plan a romantic date with your wife and celebrate your marriage. Some of our members have offered that they composed a poem to accompany their first delivery. Others have included a copy of their toast to the Bride.

Don't forget your blood tests when required and the marriage license! Be sure to take the lead on managing your honeymoon arrangements. Get started early on applications for passports and visas. Your Bride has enough to do!

Think about the details for your first evening as man and wife. Consider surprising your new wife with flowers [Remember she had to give her bridal bouquet away!] and Champagne or wine in the hotel suite.

Reception Gifts: Make arrangements to have the gifts brought to your reception delivered to the appropriate location.

Call us toll free and place orders for your Best Man and Groomsmen gifts early. We'll help you draft special messages and create customized Gift Announcements for each attendant. Take the time to compose your thoughts... they will be remembered.

The rehearsal dinner is traditionally the responsibility of the Groom's family, and therefore you'll be directly involved in the planning of that event.

Beverages: You may need to delegate providing beer, wine and other drinks at the rehearsal dinner and/or reception if your caterer is not providing beverages.

Give all checks for the officiator's, musicians' or DJ's, photographer's, caterer's fees, etc. to your Best Man so he can get each to the right party.

Confirm everything no less than once!