Looking for help with your wedding preparations? Whether you’re the happy groom, a nervous best man, or an emotional father of the bride, we have just the info you need to make the day go with a swing. Here’s our pick of the best British wedding blogs, with plenty of pertinent info for blokes…
“So, by now your bum has definitely been twitching like a rabbits’ nose!” says Greg at Groom to Groom. If you’re worried about how you’re going to stand up and deliver a wedding speech to 100 plus guests, don’t panic, this excellent blokey wedding guide has the answer: “People love the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; with a big slice of humour and a side of flattery for your gorgeous wife.”
All well and good, you might say but how do you do that? Greg’s advice is: “DO NOT embarrass your wife and; DO NOT have 10 ‘Dutch courage’ nerve-settlers before-hand!” Good tips. Do make sure you check this site out – from asking permission for your partner’s hand, to how to save for a wedding – it’s witty, informative stuff you’ll love to read.
Best man? Six to twelve months out you should get in touch with the chief bridesmaid, say the guys at I am the best man: “She could help with some of the stag do and who knows, if you’re both single – it doesn’t harm to do some early groundwork!” With a checklist for every stage of the run up to the big day, this site gives you everything you need to make a rip-roaring success of your role as the groom’s wingman.
A best man four times over, founder of ‘I am the best man’, Oliver, certainly knows a thing or two about performing this important role. Looking for an awesome destination for a stag do? Check out his alternative stag do activity guide – anyone for black pudding throwing?
As the groom, you’re going to be kissing a lot of cheeks and appearing in plenty of photos – you need to make sure you’re looking and smelling your best. It’s a good job Hitched has come up with a comprehensive guide to grooming for the groom. They say: “Look for an aftershave that comes with a matching moisturiser and shower gel – by using products that all have the same scent, the smell will be stronger.” And don’t forget to test it before the big day to make sure it really does suit you.
Is writer’s block leaving you speechless? The Hitched guide to Groom’s speeches will have your audience eating from the palm of your hand. Top tip: “The aim is to get people laughing as soon as possible, certainly within the first three lines of your speech.”
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable.” What a great reading for a wedding ceremony! This, taken from ‘The Kindly Ones’ by Neil Gaiman, is just one of “32 modern wedding readings for non-traditional couples” featured by You and your wedding – the ideal resource for anyone looking for something different but not too sappy.
Wondering what the deal is with buttonholes – who wears one, what flowers to include and how to attach it? You and your wedding gives you the low down on all the intricacies of planning your special day. And because, hopefully, life doesn’t end with your wedding, there’s even a survival guide for newly weds too.
Adopt a classic look for your big day or you run the risk of your wedding photos becoming a future embarrassment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t echo the latest menswear trends. Confused? Check out One Fab Day’s post – The Biggest 2020 Style Trends for Grooms for a top-down guide to looking on point this year. We love the loafers and velvet jackets – both excellent looks for the discerning gent.
One Fab Day is the number one wedding site in Ireland which, considering the wealth of excellent content on offer, comes as no surprise. Wondering how you can get involved with wedding planning? Check out Groom Duties: The Ultimate Groom To-Do List – from arranging guest accommodation to fixing your ride to the venue, One Fab Day has plenty of ideas to help men do their bit.
How about wedding wheels? If there’s one thing a bloke should be able to do, that’s organise the getaway car! If you’d like something a little different, the team at Easy Weddings provides a full rundown of quirky wedding transport including a horse and carriage to some of the finest American autos from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Ever heard of a DeSoto? Trust us, it’s nice…
Easy Weddings is a treasure of a site. There’s a full suite of wedding tools to help you design your special day from start to finish with the minimum of fuss. Beginning with populating a “to do” list to a budget calculator to help you manage wedding expenses, right through to guest list and seating planning, this website has all the resources you need to plan and execute the perfect wedding.
Planning an autumn wedding? “From rich oranges to deep burgundies, you’ll easily fall in love with the look of a dreamy autumnal atmosphere,” say the folks at Wedding Dates. Check out the photos for inspiration – rustic colours are especially flattering when translated into tweed and velvet.
Wedding Dates is an online tool you can use to organise your big day – choose a date, venue, and somewhere to stay, all while keeping track of budget, guest lists and all the other to-dos that are essential to ensure a successful hitch. Wedded bliss starts here.
“Do you want just a legal procedure or would you prefer a civil wedding ceremony to make it the most memorable day of your lives?” It’s an important question. A registry office wedding is a formal legal process which cannot be adapted to suit the needs of you and your partner; a celebrant offers the opportunity for greater creativity.
It’s a case of “your day, your way” says The Gay Wedding Guide, but to help you decide what your priorities are, they have all the advice and information you need. Getting married or honeymooning abroad? Check out the interactive map of countries where gay marriage is legal – a very useful tool.
We hope our rundown of some of the best wedding blogs gives you plenty of resources to create a day to remember. Our advice: get yourself a decent suit and a sharp pair of men’s leather shoes, turn up on time, say yes. Job done!