Well, you have finally popped the question and your other half has said yes, so that’s all you need to do, right? Uh no, it’s all systems go from here on and planning a wedding can be highly stressful for everyone involved. It may be that a lot planning will fall to the bride-to-be, but the Groom still has plenty of things to do before the big day and planning certain parts of the wedding together will make you both feel so much closer and really part of it.
We’ve put together the Ultimate Checklist for Grooms, so you can get a head start on planning and ensure you don’t forget any vital elements for your big day. This will make your life so much easier, allowing you to relax, knowing that everything has been taken care of.
First you need to figure out what you can afford to spend. Draw up a realistic budget including any contributions for family.
Decide on where you want to get married and the type of wedding you both want. Do you want a church or civil ceremony? Intimate or grand wedding? Home or abroad?
Another vital part of the Groom’s wedding day is choosing your Best Man and Ushers. They will not only be in charge of your stag do, but more importantly they will keep you calm and in check on the day and help to look after the guests.
It is important to have your say on the guest list, so draw up a provisional list as early as possible, for you and your fiancé to run through together. It may sounds obvious, but be sure to include you and the bride when calculating your numbers too.
Suited and Booted
Get your suit arranged for the big day and don’t forget to include shirt (including a spare), tie, shoes, socks and cufflinks. Also, remember to get suits for your Best Man, Ushers and Father too.
Decide where you and your wife will want to spend the first few weeks of your married life and do some research to get the best deals.
Make sure the rings are picked up, cleaned and sized correctly and ready to hand over to the Best Man for safekeeping on the day.
Remember to get gifts for your Bride-To-Be (usually something she can open on the morning of the wedding and possibly wear on the day), Best Man and Ushers to show your appreciation.
It isn’t just down to the Best Man to wow with a speech, make sure you have a copy to take with you on the day and don’t forget to thank everyone, especially your wife and bridesmaids.
Jobs for the Groomsmen
Relieve some of the pressure on the day by putting a list of jobs together for groomsmen to take care of.
The Stag Do
Give your Best Man a few pointers on what you do and don’t want and make sure they know your limits, but ultimately enjoy it!
Using this handy checklist will certainly help to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch, and might win you a few brownie points with the Mrs!