When we think of weddings, one of the first things that comes to mind is a beautiful bride clad in a long, white dress. We think of flowers, updos, and the color scheme of the bridesmaid dresses. With so much focus on the bride, it’s easy to lose sight of the other half of the couple. However, we all know it’s a special day for both of them!
So what about the groom?
The chances for grooms to spend time with their groomsmen in a wedding-related setting seem to be sparse, especially compared to all of the planning and shopping that brides do. However, men still have opportunities to turn wedding planning and preparation into a fun bonding experience.
One way in which they can spend time together and get excited for the wedding is by picking their outfits. Brides and bridesmaids put a lot of time and energy into picking out the perfect dresses for the big day, so why shouldn’t the boys do the same? By choosing their own outfits, they are able to wear exactly what they want, and add personalized touches. Flavia from Annapolis Formal & Tuxedos says that she’s seen a lot of grooms opt for a more classic look with a spin.
“They’re losing the vest and long ties and choosing bow ties and cummerbunds. We also see a lot of guys wearing suspenders and fun colorful socks!” she says.
Annapolis Formal & Tuxedos offers appointments for grooms and groomsmen, and will even do after hours appointments with refreshments. It’s a great place to find clothing for the big day! Flavia advises the boys to come in at least 3-4 months in advance in order to make sure they get their perfect outfit.
The guys can also accessorize their suits or tuxes with a tie or bowtie that shows their personality.
“When it comes to weddings, most people want to do something that hasn’t been done a million times, but that’s still normal looking enough that Grandma isn’t mad. Unique neckwear is a perfect way to do that,” says Ben from Starboard Clothing Co. Based in Annapolis, Starboard Clothing Co. offers a wide selection of quality bowties and ties that would be great for any wedding party! Their neckwear is a preppy and fresh spin on the plain ties and bowties that grooms so often opt for.
One of the big ways that brides and bridesmaids get to spend time together and bond is by getting ready and getting their hair and makeup done on the actual wedding day. Grooms and their groomsmen also have the opportunity to get pampered by visiting Capistrano Barbershop in Annapolis. It is an old-time, classic barbershop that strives to provide an experience and atmosphere just like barbershops of the good old days. They offer groomsmen packages with options of either just a shave or a shave and a haircut, both of which are great options for wedding day primping!
However grooms want to get involved in the planning and preparation of their wedding, area vendors offer many options and services for the boys. Ben speaks for all of them when he says, “We’re always excited whenever someone allows us to be part of their big day. It’s an honor that we’re always grateful to receive.”