When it comes to the big day, most of the pressure tends to fall on the bride. Choosing the perfect gown, planning the décor, and keeping bridesmaids happy can become a job on its own. But what about the groom? It's his big day too, and it will surely be a whirlwind in the days leading up to the nuptials. If the groom doesn't prepare well, he may find himself in a bit of a trouble with his bride-to-be.
To help grooms prep for the wedding, we asked Justin Delaney, CEO of online tuxedo rental site Menguin, for 10 must-haves every groom needs to make sure the day goes off without a hitch. See the essentials groom need to remember on the big day, below:
1. The Suit
This may seem like a no-brainer, but does it really seem all that far-fetched that you might forget your suit in the back of someone's car after the rehearsal dinner? Crazier things have happened. Put your suit and accessories (shoes, socks, tie) together and set them right by the door so you don't leave without them.
2. Gum or Mints
You know how when you give a presentation your mouth gets dry and all of a sudden your breath isn’t the freshest? You don't want that happening at the altar. Stick some gum or mints in your jacket pocket, just in case. Just be sure to get rid of your gum before the ceremony itself.
This one probably doesn't need explanation. Just don't forget it. Weddings can make even the toughest guy nervous and sweaty, and you’re going to want your bride nice and close.
4. The Rings
Technically the rings are your best man's responsibility, but let's be real: If they get lost, it falls on you, pal. And if your best man is still hungover from the night before, you may not even want him hanging onto the rings until absolutely necessary.
5. Bottle Opener
This one will make you a reception hero. Stick a bottle opener on your key chain and soon you'll even be buds with your bride's uptight older brother.
If you're driving from the ceremony to the reception, you'll want your keys somewhere on your person. And if you're borrowing your dad's vintage car for the photo op, you definitely want to make sure these are always on hand.
You'll need a place to stash your cash if you plan on having a bar at your reception. Keep it simple: Get a wallet slim enough to slide into your pants’ pocket without looking awkward.
8. Gift for Your Lady
Remind her why she picked you. Send a little something via groomsman or convenient bystander to tell her that you love her and you're honored to be marrying her. Keep it simple if you wish, like a note or a latte – something that will help her feel less overwhelmed and give her a break amidst the chaos.
9. Gifts for Your Groomsmen
Don’t forget those groomsmen who were there for you through all of this wedding pandemonium. Get them something to show your appreciation. Pick out individualized gifts or pick a one-size-fits-all trinket, but make sure it's something they will use and enjoy. A good cigar, a nice lighter and a bottle of bourbon are all fantastic gifts that will make you look like the most thoughtful groom on the planet.
10. Not Your Phone
You don't want to miss a moment of your wedding or reception reading Facebook rants. Prior to the ceremony, immediately hand your phone off to your dad or a groomsman. Ask him to take photos of the high points so you can have some good memorabilia before the professional photos arrive. And then, cut loose and enjoy every second of your wedding!
Opening photo by Samuel Lippke Studios