Groomsmen Gift Guide

In our wedding industry, much of the emphasis is placed on the bride and their bridesmaids. Every Instagram post, Pinterest pin and magazine article usually focuses on the girls. Rightfully so, yet we can not forget the men, after all they are your husband’s best friends. Today, my post goes out to them. I am rounding up some great gift ideas for your groom’s guys in this groomsmen gift guide.

For starters, take note of your guys’ interests. You may want to consider personalizing your gift to their personality.

For the sophisticate

Nothing impresses houseguests like personalized barware. Groovy Guy Gifts has some great options including this glass and wood decanter. I recently received this decanter engraved with a masculine “V” for my brother-in-law who is getting married next year (yay a family wedding!).  I chose not to have the ball engraved, but that might be a great way to make each gift as unique as the guys you want to honor. It is really a handsome piece and would make a nice addition to any bar cart. I also love the look and shape of this golf themed decanter as well as the idea of personalized whiskey stones to complete the gift.

For the working man

Whether he is working behind a desk or with his hands, there are some great gift ideas to be shared.  One of my favorite items might be this waxed canvas apron with leather details. I love how versatile it is depending on your friend’s hobby.

For the jet setter

Traveling for business or for pleasure, you can still travel in style with one of these masculine and fashionable gifts. I am clearly a fan of waxed canvas and this dopp kit is another fave.  Uber hopping is hard work, so make things easy with a simplified wallet like this minimalist leather number.

Whatever you choose to gift them is just the icing on the cake of your friendship, but it sure is nice to thank them for standing by you for all those years as well as on your wedding day.

Photo credit: Love & Light Photographs

Florals: Reynold’s Garden Shop

Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club


Expert Wedding Planner Tips- Part I

Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it can feel like a full-time job organizing all of the details. That’s exactly why some of us have turned our love of wedding planning into a full-time job!  I fully believe in enjoying the wedding planning process and making it as stress-free as possible. If you decide to hire a trustworthy wedding planner, they will definitely save you a lot of stress. If you’re not hiring a planner, there’s no reason to not think like one anyway. Here are just a few expert wedding planning tips that every bride should know to help you plan like a pro.


The Best Day To Send Invites

Did you know there is a best day to send your invitations? Send them on a Wednesday! Sending them in the mail midweek means they’ll arrive in your guest’s mailboxes on the weekend. This will typically give guests more time to RSVP and not forget about it between the bustle of the work week.

Speaking of RSVPs

Make sure you send your invitations out early enough to give your guests enough time to respond. Invites should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding to give guests 3-4 weeks to respond. Having this time cushion means you can call, text, and email those who haven’t responded (yes, you’ll have to do this for even some of your closest friends and family). This will hopefully minimize stress for both parties. I also highly recommend putting a little number that corresponds to your spreadsheet on the back of the RSVP card. You would be surprised how often guests do not include their name and it will save you lots of guesswork.


Bridging the Budget Gap

It’s no secret that planning a wedding requires some financial planning mastery. Many couples forget to plan for unexpected costs that can come up.   To help experience the wedding of your dreams, there are many smart financial avenues to take advantage of beyond credit cards. Financial companies like Earnest offer low-cost and zero-fee personal loans specifically for weddings that can help you bridge the budget gap so you can have a stress-free wedding day.


Make a “Please Contact Anyone But The Bride & Groom” Contact Sheet

As the couple of honor, you and your spouse-to-be don’t want to be bombarded with questions while you’re getting ready for your wedding! Create a contact list of people you trust to answer any questions the day of the wedding. Common answers to frequent questions include directions, ceremony times, venue addresses, and contact information of vendors. Include the numbers of several family members, the Best Man, and the Maid of Honor and ask that these people keep their phones on them to help field any questions for you.


Of course, I believe that hiring a wedding planner is one of the best investments that you can make on your wedding day but if it not in the cards for you- I hope these simple tips will help! Stay tuned for more and feel free to comment with questions for future posts.

Photo credit: Rach Loves Troy 

Florals: Faye & Renee

Venue: Laurita Winery