A lot of the time when you think about a wedding you immediately think of the bride. We've all heard the phrase "It's all about the bride," before and it usually is. That's why sometimes the groom can get overlooked. There are plenty of checklists and advice articles for the bride, but what about the groom? He has important things to remember too! Below are some of our top tips to keep in mind for the groom on his wedding day.
Hydrate. You need to make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. Keep a bottle of water near you, or have a groomsmen hold one for you, for easy access. You'll mostly likely be consuming quite a bit of alcohol throughout the day, and you want to make sure you don't have too much fun! Your day will be jam-packed and you don't want to miss any of it because you over-served yourself.
Eat something. Like previously stated, your wedding day will be pretty busy. You definitely need to make sure you eat something. Whether that be breakfast or lunch, you need to eat before your ceremony. Every bit of the day will be scheduled, so make sure to pencil in some food, that way your stomach's not growling at the altar.
Exchange wedding gifts. It doesn't have to be extravagant, but it is customary to exchange wedding day gifts with your future wife. As long as it's from the heart, she'll love it. It's always nice to include a letter as well, expressing you how you feel about marrying the love of your life. Plus, your photographer and/or videographer will get great shots of this!
Get your groomsmen gifts. These men are your best friends and have taken time out of their lives to celebrate you with a bachelor party and attend your wedding. They deserve a little something something to say thanks for being there and for their support. Anything personalized, whether it be a pocket knife or a bottle of alcohol, is a nice touch.
Read through your vows. Whether you wrote your own vows or going the more traditional route, saying them in front of all of your wedding guests can be a bit scary. The trick is to read through them beforehand. That way, the words feel familiar to you and you're less likely to stumble or use filler words like um.
Check your cufflinks. It's a small detail, but one you definitely don't want to forget! Most tux rentals come with cufflinks, but you can also use your own. You never know, your bride might just get you a pair as your wedding day gift. Either way, make sure you have them and that they match.
The rings. Needless to say, you don't want start your marriage off by forgetting the symbol of your eternal love. With all the hustle and bustle getting ready for your walk down the aisle, it's easy to forget one of the most important parts of the ceremony. After you are dressed and ready, make it a point to give the rings to your best man. It's part of his duties to have them, and then you'll no longer have to worry about them.