Wedding Day Tips For the Groom

Future husbands this one’s for you… The months of planning (albeit usually by your fiancé) are over and your wedding day is finally here, but have you thought about your role on the day itself? Being the groom on a wedding day is hardly something you can practice & there’s no right or wrong way to be a Groom… There are however a few tips and tricks which can help you avoid any niggles & have the most amazing wedding day. Lets dive in to my top wedding day tips for the Groom on their wedding day.

12 Wedding Day Tips for the Groom…

1. Be involved in the wedding planning

Technically not a ‘wedding day’ tip but I wanted to include this one anyway. Typically it’s the Bride who undergoes the bulk of the planning but it makes such a difference to the day itself when the Groom has been involved. Planning a wedding can be stressful, so being present, supportive and helping with the key decisions are super important. Show an interest, don’t just say ‘yes’ to everything, have an opinion and put your stamp on things too. Groom’s who are actively involved and know what’s going on will enjoy their day even more and your bride to be will definitely appreciate it.

2. Get plenty of sleep the night before & watch what you eat & DRINK!

It’s one of the biggest day of your life so you want to be feeling good. Getting plenty of sleep, eating proper meals and staying hydrated will help with this. The temptation may be there to have ‘just one more’ on the eve of the wedding but I can guarantee you will regret it. Weddings are busy & the most important people in your life have come to celebrate with you so you will want to be on form and energised, trust me!

3. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready & get to the venue

Time flies on a wedding day, there’s so much going on it’s easy to lose track. Factoring in a bit of extra time or buffer time is a great way to keep things on time & nice & relaxed. Get any wedding morning errands done as soon as you can, start getting dressed half an hour before you had planned and set off to the venue ahead of schedule. It is definitely better to be early rather than rushed and there may be delays which are beyond your control like the traffic etc. Anticipate there may be set backs and allow yourself a bit of bonus time to make sure you’re comfortably on time.

4. Stick to the Schedule and be organised

Like my previous point, sticking to the schedule is so important for a good wedding day. One of the most common things that can hinder a wedding are timeline issue. So make sure you’re organised and on time. Organise everything you need on the day the night before the so you know exactly where it is. Iron your shirt, polish your shoes… I’d recommend doing any little jobs you can for the big day before the big day. It’s amazing how much time these things eat up. The prep stages of a wedding can be a little but having everything ready & in its place will avoid this and make sure things run smoothly.

5. Delegate to your best man &

groomsmen

Your Best Man & Groomsmen are your team, make sure you use them and they know what they should be doing. The amount of weddings where the Groomsmen just turn up & don’t have a clue what’s going on is frightening. Delegate any little errands you may have to them. Make sure you tell them when & where they need to be as well as what they need to be doing. Ask your best man to make sure your buttonhole hasn’t dropped, your pocket square is in place and your tie is straight throughout the day. I honestly feel like a lot of Grooms miss a trick here and their mates are just there to party & get drunk. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help, they’ll be more than happy to assist you on your wedding day.

6. Practice your vows & speech

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s more obvious when a groom hasn’t practiced their vows or speech. Giving a speech isn’t for everyone, whether it’s short & sweet or a short story, make sure you have practiced it. Read it out aloud to your fiancee or a friend. A great tip which I did myself is to record yourself & listen to it back over & over. Practicing will give you confidence and on the day you’ll be glad you did it.

7. Keep your pockets empty

There’s nothing worse than the imprint of a mobile phone hone on a Groom’s trouser leg in a photo. For the photographers sake and your own comfort, keep your pockets empty. You don’t want to spend all that money on a tailored suit for it to be ruined by a pocket full of stuff. Keep your pockets completely empty.

8. Choose a suit, suitable for the season

Make sure your suit is going to be comfortable in the weather & temperature you’re likely to get. This is often overlooked when a Groom to be chooses their suit. We will often focus on the style we want & how it looks but it’s important to consider how appropriate a suit is for the weather you’d expect to have. A Groom to be may love a tweed suit, but if his wedding is in August when it’s likely to be a very warm, he’s going to regret that choice.

10. Spend your wedding day with your new Wife

With so much going on, so many people to talk to and so much to talk about it’s easy to lose track of each other for periods on your wedding day. Whilst this is obviously fine it’s a good idea to make a conscious effort to spend time together on your day. Make sure you enjoy the day together and check in with each other often. You’ll be thankful for this when you come to reminisce about your special day. Also your photographer will be grateful too as there will be lots of natural moments to capture of the two of you.

11. Keep calm and carry on

No wedding is perfect, there may even be a hiccup or two. Be ready for this and don’t let it affect your day too much. If the weathers not playing ball, embrace it! If the cake is collapsing a little, laugh about it! I know how much planning goes into a wedding and we all want our wedding to be perfect, but accepting that it may not be and not letting little things get to you is great advice. If there is an issue, be supportive of your new wife & remind each other of the most important thing… you just got married, you did it!

12. Enjoy the day

Wedding days fly by, especially when it’s your wedding day, It’s not just a cliche, they really do. Take time to take it all in. Take a step back and look at everyone who is there to celebrate with you, be present & enjoy it. You’ll likely wake up the next day and it will all seem like a bit of a dream, so make sure it’s a good one!

Have you got more wedding day tips for the Groom? Let me know…. Want more wedding planning tips? Check out my other post Early decisions when planning a wedding.