We love, love, love filming groom prep! Every time we have the opportunity to film the groom and his groomsmen getting ready for the big day, it amounts to a lot of laughter and a ton of fun for everyone! The guys are lucky because they usually have more time than the bride and her party to kick back and relax on the wedding day before the ceremony, photo sessions and festivities begin. (Nevertheless, we’re glad most brides make a little time to include a stress-reducer too!)
All fun aside, there are of course, important duties that the groom and his party can’t neglect and some essential advice worth heeding on the morning of the wedding too:
- Grooms, have a love note written and ready to be delivered to your bride. This is number one in our book! Let her know how much she means to you and how important this day is. It’s a treasured keepsake that you’ll have to re-read to her year after year. Why not even make it an anniversary tradition?
- Make sure everyone allocates plenty of time to primp and to help each other look their very best. And have a good instructional Youtube video ready to go on a smartphone to ensure that those bow ties are tied with ease! That’s what John and his brother, his best man, did… and Jeremy and his groomsmen wisely followed along with an instructional video too!
- Another critical task is to confirm that the best man has the rings! With all the bustling and excitement going on, it wouldn’t be implausible to have the rings be left behind in the hotel room. Once the suit jacket goes on, those rings get safely tucked into the pocket. Also, be sure the best man has the envelopes with any fees still due to vendors.
- Eat light and healthy and drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. You all need fuel for energy and water to stay fully hydrated for this busy day. We really don’t want anyone fainting at the altar!
- And grooms, if you decided to write personalized vows for your ceremony, take 8-10 minutes to rehearse them again in front of a mirror. Practice makes perfect!
It’s so important though to keep things slow, breathe and take in the joy of your wedding day before that clock starts ticking faster and you begin to feel the pressure of your schedule. Take time out that morning to reflect and have some fun with your wedding party. It will not only alleviate any wedding day jitters you might have, but it will remind you to keep your focus on the most important aspects of your wedding day, which includes the celebration of your love and new marriage with the love of your life and with your closest friends and family.
So don’t forget, both grooms and brides: Be sure to include a little down-time on the morning of your wedding to de-stress and play! Need some ideas? Great stress relievers include playing a quick game or a sport together, like golf, pool, video games or cards. And enjoy a healthy brunch buffet or sandwiches and perhaps a light alcoholic drink.
Follow the lead of some of the wise grooms and groomsmen we’ve had the pleasure of filming! Brian took in a game of pool with his friends before his wedding ceremony and Peter and his groomsmen played a great game of frisbee golf… it didn’t matter that it was lightly raining! Michael and his party played cornhole on the lawn at Foxfire. Brian and his pals had time for a game of golf, a round of cards and a quick stop at a great pub for drinks and merriment before he said, “I do” to Jessica at the Phoenixville Foundry! The guys took time out for a little dancing (including a great moonwalk!) on Dede and Matt’s wedding day. And Dan, his groomsmen and his friends had fun shooting sporting clays before getting dressed and ready for this special wedding event.
And most grooms and groomsmen we film do have a quick drink together as they get ready… as the bride and her party toast with mimosas or champagne! It was drinks all around as everybody celebrated their hearts out before Jackie and Dallas’s wedding!
October 28th, 2020
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas