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The guys are often overlooked in weddings and pretty much go with the flow. As such, there things you can do to help move along the process to help make your day special as well! This was as posted on The Knot
Top 10 Groom Tips
You bought the ring, popped the question, and now you get to kick back until your wedding day rolls around, right? Well, that’s one option, but the best way to keep her happy — and you out of the doghouse — is to get involved. Here are our top tips for being a great groom.
1. Have an Opinion
This is your wedding too, so get in on the planning. Pick a few things that interest you (food? the wedding music? photos?). You don’t have to wax poetic on the difference between lilies and daisies for the bridesmaid bouquets, but give your opinion on the major planning points; it’ll let your fiance know she’s not in this alone. And wouldn’t it be nice to know a little something about your wedding before you attend it?
2. Relish Your Wedding Registry
It may seem like a tedious task, but think about it: You get to wander around a store, picking things you want that someone most likely will buy you — you can’t beat that. Better yet, it’s now common to shop beyond the kitchen department. Consider home electronics, power tools, and camping gear. Can’t justify shelling out for a plasma screen yourself? Throw it on your wedding registry, and a group of friends might buy it for you!
3. Don’t Be a Pushover — Really
She wants to register for a yellow comforter with little pink flowers, and you don’t want to have to stash your bedspread in the closet every time your friends come over. See if you can meet her halfway: Tell her the floral patterns are a bit much, but you’re fine with yellow, maybe in another style. You’ll make her happy and salvage your manhood.
4. Give Her a Break
If she’s doing the majority of the planning for your wedding, she’s probably bordering on wedding overload. You need to make sure she doesn’t have an ulcer (or a grudge!) by the time she walks down the aisle. Give her a night to relax and cook her dinner, do the dishes, rent her favorite movie (yes, even a chick flick), and remind her why wedding planning is worth the stress.
5. Be a Buffer
If your mom is calling your fiance every hour to talk about the wedding, you run the risk of major family conflict, with you stuck in the middle. Your mission: Keep the peace. Call your mom and let her know that while you appreciate her interest and excitement, it’s your wedding and she needs to give you two some planning space. Take responsibility for communicating with your family so that you can filter out petty worries from legitimate concerns.
6. Get Some Help
Has your fiance really hit the wall? Suggest hiring a planner for the day of your wedding. (Use our local resources to find a great day-of wedding planner in your area.) Your consultant will handle all the little details that neither you nor your bride will want to deal with, and it’ll be a relief to have a professional on hand to fix any little mix-ups.
7. Don’t Add Insult
Your fiance may complain about her mom who’s being a control freak, or about her uncle who wants to bring his new girlfriend, or her cousin who wants to bring all four of her kids. Don’t join in on the family bashing. Hear her out, agree with her, but don’t take this opportunity to tell her the things about her family that annoys you. Her bad mood will pass, but your careless comments may stick.
8. Arrange the Attire
Send out detailed emails to all your groomsmen filling them in on the relevant info for the formalwear — let them know when and where to get fitted for their tuxes, and remind them to return the suits the day after the wedding to avoid annoying late fees. Loop your fiance in on the emails to prove that you’ve got everything under control. The more info you can share, the better. Got directions to the tux place? Include them. Don’t assume they’ll know anything about this stuff. Did you before you got engaged?
9. Manage Your Men
Know your friend who loses his car keys at least once a week? Probably better not to make him responsible for bringing your ring to the ceremony. And your buddy who tends to drink too much? Make sure one of your more reliable (or sober) groomsmen keeps him from flirting with your fiance’s mom at the rehearsal dinner. Your guys don’t have to be saints, but they will have responsibilities, and it’s your job to make sure they know what they are.
10. Get Sentimental
The day of your wedding, send her a gift, flowers, or a sweet note to read while she’s getting ready. Or, at the reception, pull the videographer aside and tape a special message to her. She’ll see it later and we promise, she’ll love you all the more.
The photographer you select will be your photo journalist and artist, so it is important to know what feeling you want conveyed in your photographs. “A picture is worth a thousand words”!
Regardless of how talented a photographer is, it is important to have a good chemistry with them; it is always a good idea to meet beforehand and chat and see if the relationship is right. Remember, this person will be a vital part of the most important day of your life, so be sure you choose someone you feel good being beside. If you don’t click with them, it will be reflected in your photos!
Worth the Price Tag
Spending money on a good photographer for your wedding may seem like a splurge but it is worth the splurge. I believe having someone who is truly talented will help capture every special detail and memory. There is nothing like looking back at your photographs and being able to re-live your special day over and over again.
What’s your style?
Your favorite photography style depends on your personality. Ask your friends whose work they like and check out photographers’ websites. You can never do too much homework! Do you like photos that look classic or formal? Are photos vintage or a little more artistic more your style? Some photographers specialize in all black-and-white images and some specialize in taking full color shots, some do both. It is important to take a moment and judge the quality of the photos in their portfolio: Are thepictures well-lit? How good is the resolution? Can you feel something through the photos? All of these are important.
A good photographer will also recommend key elements to include in your photos using a Shot List. Some of my favorite shots are the unexpected shots and the bride and groom’s first glance at each other. You may also want to request your photographer will be bringing an assistant or second shooter. This is great if you want your wedding captured from other angles, such as the bride and grooms reaction at “first reveal” whether before the ceremony or as the bride walks down the aisle.
Customize your Package
Once you narrow it down, set up a meeting to talk about the services offered. Every photographer puts their packages together differently. One might include time, materials, proofs in an album, custom prints in a custom album, and enlargements. Another might simply include his time and materials, with everything else as an add-on. The best kind of packages are when the photographer allows you to purchase things a la carte and is able to customize what you want! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For example: How many hours are included in the fee? With the cost, what are you receiving? Is there a photo album? How many photos do you get? Can you keep the proofs? Be sure to ask to see samples of these albums as well as references. Fine tune your contract so there are no surprises on your big day! It’s also a good idea to ask how long it will take to get your proofs and your finished album back so you’ll know when you can expect everything.
Take all of this into consideration.