Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

If you and your partner aren’t ones for tradition and are looking to inject a bit of fun into your wedding reception, why not use one of these quirky wedding readings. These quirky readings say all the right things but in a unique way, perfect for creative couples.

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Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

There are plenty of poems and excerpts from thousands of books that talk about love, companionship, compromise and all the other aspects of marriage. But if you and your groom want something a little bit different to set your speech[1] apart from the crowd, these unconventional readings may be perfect!

A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, HIS cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

I like this Dinosaur, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit, which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

He is also overly fond of Things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of Things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly, thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on Shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thought and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them.

Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.

For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place…

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If you’re looking for a quirky poem to read aloud, then this one by John Cooper Clarke says it all.

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your raincoat
for those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
when you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
you’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
that’s how deep is my devotion

That poem[2] is likely to raise a few laughs, so whoever is reciting it needs to pause for the giggles and then continue – take the words slowly and enjoy the entertainment it gives everybody!

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We think it’s wonderful if a pageboy or young bridesmaid gives a reading. The rule here is to keep it short and sweet. They get their moment in the spotlight but don’t have time to feel overwhelmed. They’ll also need to practise quite a bit beforehand and make sure you’ve chosen a child who isn’t likely to get stage fright at the last minute and refuse to speak. You’re looking for a confident type.

Remember the rule above of waiting for laughs and ask your young reader to stay in place for a few seconds afterwards to wait for the applause (which is sure to follow). This poem Some Things Go Together is a perfect short reading that’s quirky but thought-provoking too!

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow

Pairs of things that go together.
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
… Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.

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What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom’s Speech

There’s a lot of pressure on the groom to write the perfect wedding speech. But what does your new wife really want to hear you say on your big day? We asked the experts at Great Speech Writing[1] to hand over their top tips.

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What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom’s Speech

You popped the question, the date’s set, the venue’s booked, invitations have been sent and the stag weekend is in hand. It’s just that minor detail of a groom’s speech still to be written. Keep your new wife happy on the big day with these tips.

Big up the Bride

Although it’s good practice to mention the best man and your ushers while poking fun at them at their expense, always remember that your wedding day is about your bond with your bride, not your best mates. Whatever you do, don’t spend the majority of your speech[2] reminiscing about your lads holiday – or you’ll have one unhappy bride.

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Thank Your new in-laws

If your bride chooses not to speak at the wedding, she probably won’t get the chance to thank her parents publicly for all they’ve done in helping to organise the big day, and for all the help, love and support provided over the years. So it’s down to you to do it for her – and she’ll love you for it.

She’s Your Wife – Don’t be shy Mentioning it!

Nothing gets more of heart-warming cheer than the line “my wife and I…”. It’s predictable and a little bit cheesy, but the novelty of hearing it for the first time never fails to make a new bride smile, or indeed every one of your guests.

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Using the occasional predictable phrase, as above, is fine, but don’t get too reliant on these one-liners, or your speech could easily sound like an internet cut and paste job. Your new bride wants you to talk about her, so be creative and keep it personal.

Mention her Looks

Dazzling, stunning, beautiful – however you wish to say it, make sure you comment on her appearance, and in a positive way. The expensive dress, designer jewellery[3], trips to the hairdressers, manicures and facials count for something!

Remember This is a Celebration of Love

It isn’t your chance to deliver a 10-minute comedy stand-up routine. So try to combine your witty one-liners with a good dose of sincerity. Why did you ask her to marry you? What is it about her that you adore? How has your life changed (for the better!) since you met her? Which of your bad habits does she have to live with?

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Delete all Stories of ex-girlfriends

Your new wife isn’t about your past, there’s a time and a place for mentioning the exes, and the groom’s speech[4] isn’t one of them.

Direct Your Speech to her

Although you’re giving a speech to, what is often, a large number of people, you don’t always have to talk to the room. It can be far more meaningful and personal if, when you’re talking about your wife, you actually speak to and make eye contact with her. But remember to keep projecting your voice. Your wife will want the guests to hear what you have to say about her, even if you’re not addressing them.

If you’re still concerned about how to keep your bride happy during the speech, then get in touch with Lawrence Bernstein from www.greatspeechwriting.co.uk[5]. He and his team are always happy to give free advice, act as a sounding board, or edit the speech for you.

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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Grooms

We’re getting into the festivities now and we’ve still got so much to offer. If you’re reading this, you’ve certainly done something right. Clearly, your man thinks your marriage material. So today we’ve got some wise advice on wedding planning for the groom.

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There’s a lot for the groom, and you, to think about. Whether he’s nailing the wedding planning or letting you take the lead, this is what all well-groomed grooms will have ready on the wedding day.

SUIT YOURSELF

There are so many different styles of suits out there, it can feel a little daunting to begin with. For some, one particular style or colour[1] will instantly grab their attention, but for others, some guidance might be needed. These 10 suit rules[2] will set you on the right path, whether your man is going for traditional tails and a top hat or a more laid-back lounge suit.

TINKER, TAILOR, HIRE OR BUY

Our real grooms cover all bases when it comes to buying their suits off the peg, hiring them or having them tailor-made. Your budget will dictate this to some extent and there is no right or wrong answer. And remember, choosing to buy the groom’s suit doesn’t stop you from hiring them for the groomsmen. One size does not have to fit all.

PUT A RING ON IT

Will your man be wearing a wedding ring[3] once you’ve tied the knot? If so, decide whether you want your rings to co-ordinate or not. Choose them in plenty of time to allow for size adjustments. You don’t want to be the couple who are fumbling at the altar with a ring that is stuck. Don’t forget the other accessories too – shoes, a pocket watch, tie and cufflinks will all need to be organised.

MAGIC WORDS

Your man has a speech to plan[4]. Each groom will tackle this differently. Some prepare a script a long way in advance, others will write it the night before, and some will keep it spontaneous. One of our real grooms had a great idea, writing the majority of his speech beforehand but then adding a few words at the moment. This meant he could thank everyone he needed to, but when it came to talking about his bride, he could speak straight from the heart with all the emotion of their wedding day. Avoid these 7 speech sins[5] and you’ll be onto a winner.

THE BEST MAN

Not to be left to the last minute, most grooms will choose a best man to join them. This role bears a lot of responsibility – looking after the rings, organising the stag do, giving a humorous speech that is hopefully just the right side of tasteful… Share these best man commandments[6] with him beforehand and you’ll be onto a winner.

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  5. ^ 7 speech sins (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ these best man commandments (www.weddingideasmag.com)
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  8. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  9. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
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5 Real Speeches to Make Your Guests Laugh

Ready to raise your glass to word-perfect wedding speeches? Do you want the whole room to be roaring with laughter or holding back happy tears? One thing’s for certain: you don’t want your speeches to be a flop. Take inspiration from five real speeches to make your guests laugh. If these couples can nail their wedding speeches, you can do too.

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5 Real Speeches to Make Your Guests Laugh

Surprise songs from the best men

Even though they opted for a laid-back wedding, Alexa and Jamie were happy to have the traditional speeches too. The best men and a good friend ensured that tradition went out of the window, however, when they then became a fantastic band and sang a couple of hilarious songs about Jamie and Alexa.

Furthermore, they had only practised once or twice in the back of a van prior to the wedding. The whole party loved the thoughtful chorus.

Video messages and perfect poetry

When Sally and Martin married, the bride’s mother read a wedding-related poem, ‘He’s Not Perfect’ by Bob Marley, as a speech.

“She read it out to me in the morning while I was getting ready and had the whole party in tears. I asked her to read it again before the speeches!”

Sally’s brother Jack couldn’t make the big day, so as a surprise he recorded Mcfly’s ‘It’s All About You’.

“A projector displayed his singing, which was accompanied by photographs of me and Martin from over the years,” remembers Sally.

“I’d managed to hold back the tears all day until this point!”

Bride’s speech

For Jaime and Blake, the speeches kicked off with Jaime’s mum and brother doing a joint speech with loving stories and childhood memories. Blake gave a heartfelt speech.

“He left no one out and really honoured me and our families,” smiles Jaime.

“I spoke last, I felt it was important to say thank you to everyone that made the day so perfect for us.

“Our wedding day also fell on the same day that we held my dad’s memorial service eight years ago, under those same flat-grown trees on the farm. It was a great way to honour his memory and bring him alive on our big day.”

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Prizegivings, heartfelt words and howling laughter

A twist on tradition, Jess decided to give a short speech herself, thanking the bridesmaids, best men and her parents. In place of wedding favours this fun loving couple arranged a duck bobbing competition. Jess announced the winners and gave out the prizes during her speech, before the men the stepped in with their own.

Jess says,

“Jordy did an incredible speech that was very emotional and heartfelt, I felt so proud of him. My dad did a great job of making everyone laugh and cry and Matt,
Jordan’s best man, had the whole room howling with laughter to finish!”

Silly hats and embarrassing photos

Finally, the two best men at Natalie and Kieth’s wedding brought props along to their speech.

“The speeches were very entertaining, involving everyone in the room putting on silly hats that they had secretly brought with them. 

“There were embarrassing photos of us as children and a very emotional speech from Keith,” says Natalie.

The two best men finished with a joint speech, including funny anecdotes with lots of references to Keith’s love of useless information and random facts too.

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References

  1. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  3. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Should your Groom see Your Wedding Dress?

It’s a given that your dream dress will be discovered in the company of your best girls, be that your mum, sisters or friends, but should your groom see your wedding dress too? If you’re a stickler for tradition or err on the side of superstition, your answer will likely be no, he can wait until you get to the aisle.

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Should your Groom see Your Wedding Dress?

For some couples, seeing each other before the ceremony has become the new favourite, taking away their nerves, giving them a private moment together, and allowing for some beautiful first look photos to be taken.

So we’ve rounded up some arguments for and against letting your groom see your wedding dress so you can decide what is right for you.

Keep it Secret

  • It’s bad luck to even see each other before the wedding, let alone for him to see your wedding dress, too!
  • You want it to be a surprise for everyone, including him, so you can fully enjoy your big moment.
  • As you step down the aisle, emotions will be high, so when he sees you, his beautiful bride, for the first time it’ll be ten times more amazing.
  • He loves you for you, so you know he’ll love whatever dress you choose.
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Let him see

  • You don’t have to show him ages in advance, it can still be a surprise for your wedding day, but by seeing each other in the morning before the ceremony, you can reassure each other and whisk away any wedding nerves[1], letting you enjoy the moment fully when the time comes.
  • These days, many photographers give you the option of first look photos (add them to this list[2] of your essential photos so your photographer knows what to get). This way, you won’t be leaving it to chance to capture your groom’s expression when he sees you – they’ll do that for you.
  • Depending on how traditional you are intending to go, your bridesmaids may be dressed the same. In the old days, the tradition[3] was to dress your bridesmaids the same as the bride, in white. This was to confuse evil spirits
  • If you had a say in his suit choice, it’s only fair that he should get to give your dress choice the once over too, right?

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References

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  2. ^ this list (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ tradition (www.weddingideasmag.com)

14 of the best wedding cake toppers

Wedding cake toppers; no cake is complete without one. You’ll have paid the money to have your beautiful cake created just how you want it, in keeping with your theme. So, crowning it with something special will top it all off perfectly.

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Choosing the perfect wedding cake toppers

Finding the right wedding cake topper is probably not high up on your to-do list but it’s one of the items you can have some real fun and creativity with.

When deciding on wedding cake toppers, think about the cake table setting, the venue and most of all, you and your partner. Do you want something simple and in keeping with your theme? Or maybe something that accurately reflects your relationship? You could opt for a funny wedding cake topper to amuse your guests and keep you smiling at the photos in years to come.

You’re certainly spoilt for choice, but take some inspiration from our favourites below.

Classic

Buy this Mr & Mrs cake topper here[1]

Buy this Mr & Mrs cake topper here[2]

Rustic

We love a rustic themed wedding and this eucalyptus wedding cake topper is the epitome of rustic chic.

Buy this eucalyptus wedding cake topper here[3]

This Mr & Mrs cake topper is the perfect rustic option for your wedding with plenty of opportunity to dress your cake up around it.

But this Mr & Mrs cake topper here[4]

Personalised

Keep it simple with your initials and the date of your wedding, like this one below.

Buy this initial cake topper[5]

We love the handcrafted and decadent look of this wedding cake topper.

Buy this personalised wedding cake topper here[6]

Alternatively, have a classic with a personalised touch.

Buy this personalised cake topper here[7]

Romantic

Romantic florals, this cake topper is an eye-catcher and perfect for spring and summertime weddings.

Buy this floral cake topper[8] Buy this deer cake topper here[9]

Personal

What about this family cake topper? We love the silhouette style.

Buy this silhouette cake topper here[10]

Alternatively, you can have an animated family cake topper in colour!

Buy this family wedding cake topper here

Funny

Buy this funny cake topper here[11]

How well do your guests know you and your relationship? Make your guests smile with these hilarious toppers.

Buy this hilarious silhouette here[12]

There’s nothing like a wedding to give you a good reality check. Just so everyone knows how serious you really are, how about this one?

Buy ‘Shit Just Got Real’ here[13]

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  3. ^ Buy this eucalyptus wedding cake topper here (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
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  5. ^ Buy this initial cake topper (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ Buy this personalised wedding cake topper here (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
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  8. ^ Buy this floral cake topper (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  9. ^ Buy this deer cake topper here (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  10. ^ Buy this silhouette cake topper here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  11. ^ Buy this funny cake topper here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  12. ^ Buy this hilarious silhouette here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  13. ^ Buy ‘Shit Just Got Real’ here (www.amazon.co.uk)
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Best man speech examples, template ideas, jokes and everything you need to know

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The best man speech is usually the most eagerly awaited of all the wedding speeches – so if you’ve been tasked with writing a funny best man speech, here’s some best man speech examples, template ideas and tips on how to structure, write and deliver a knockout best man speech…

The best man’s speech outline and template – what to include in your best man speech…

  • Have a killer opening line and introduce yourself as the best man
  • Thank the other speakers (the father-of-the-bride, the groom etc)
  • Make a joke about the groom or tell a short story about the groom thats funny
  • Compliment the bride
  • Congratulate the happy couple
  • Read messages from guests who couldn’t make it, if there are any
  • Speak about love, quote a few famous lines or a poem
  • Propose a toast to the bride and groom

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Best man speech ideas and structure

Best man speech opening lines

First and foremost, get everyone’s attention and set an amusing tone for your best man speech with a comical opening line or icebreaker – this could be something funny about your own ordeal in the run-up to this speech, or a short anecdote about the groom, who traditionally would have spoken just before you.[1]

Introduce yourself as the best man

Obviously the bride and groom know who you are but introduce yourself for those who don’t. This is a great opportunity to give some insight into what it’s like to be the best man, how it’s an honour and pay some compliments to the bride and the bridesmaids. Anything about how beautiful they look is a sure fire way to set the bride and her family at ease.

Best man speech jokes

Next, focus unashamedly on the groom and funnies. You’ll be talking about your relationship with the groom, but remember to keep your best man speech about the groom and not you, as it’s his wedding day and the focus should always be on him.

Speaking about the groom is the main part of your best man speech so it’s a great chance to build up the comedy value and regale the audience with funny anecdotes and amusing asides about the groom. As well as the best man speech jokes, remember to throw in some lines about what a great guy he is as well…

The wedding day

Once you’ve exhausted all your jokes and comedy material about you and the groom, you’ll want to move onto the wedding day itself. Highlight the effort that’s gone into the day and make sure you pay particular attention to the contribution of the bride’s parents – after all there’s a decent chance they paid for it!

Focus on the bride

Now turn your attention to the bride. Obviously, you’re not going to start poking fun at her as the last thing you want to do is upset or embarrass her on her big day. Instead, now is the time to say how beautiful she looks and how lucky the groom is to have found her.

Focus on the couple

It may be the best man’s job to make everyone laugh but you’ll need to have some serious notes to your speech as well. Now is the time to talk about how amazing the bride and groom are as a couple and how happy everyone is to see them together.

Here you might want to talk about love in general or if you have a memory about the groom’s first impression of the bride, that’s likely to make the audience cry, then this is the time!

The best man’s toast

The ending of the best man speech is where you summarise everything that you’ve covered. This is a great time to refer back to some earlier jokes for a few more laughs and you may want to leave your best jokes until now to ensure your speech ends on a happy note.

Feel free to offer some advice to the happy couple, wish them all the best and ask the wedding guests to join you in raising a glass to the bride and groom…

Best man speech example

How to make your best man speech funny

Don’t pressure yourself to transform into a stand-up comic overnight. The biggest mistake a best man can make with his speech is to imitate a favourite comedian or style the speech to what the thinks will make the wedding guests laugh.

Steer clear on best man one-liners unless of course you have a one-liner up your shirt sleeve that is utterly hilarious in the context of your speech – one-liners are just cringe otherwise.

Just deliver your best man speech from the heart about real experiences with the groom and your comedic moments will evolve and shine through naturally.

If you’re going for a funny best man speech, just ensure you deliver that punch line with clarity and don’t pre-empt the laughter in your head as this always takes the edge off any big reveal. It will just be awkward if you laugh at your own jokes before the audience!

For more on how to make your best man speech funny, see our tried-and-tested best man jokes here.[2]

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How long should a best man speech be?

In general, a best man speech should be kept to about five minutes or less. This is enough time to say something funny as well as meaningful but not so long that your audience gets antsy. But of course, you also should tailor your best man speech length to the event.

Best man speech tips

Professional speechwriter and founder of Great Speech Writing[3], Lawrence Bernstein, shares his tips on how to deliver a knock-out best man speech…

Remember your audience

Don’t write your speech for the boys on the stag do. Whilst some of your mates may be in stitches by you recounting the story of the Groom’s eyebrow being shaved off as he slept in a Majorcan golf buggy dressed in his Spider Man outfit, the rest of the guests are unlikely to be amused and you won’t get the laughs you’re hoping for.

When you’re thinking about what to put in your speech, it’s best to keep your material as universal as possible.

Avoid stand-alone jokes

This may sound odd; after all, this is the one speech where people expect jokes. But punch lines that fall flat can be a nightmare for any speaker, and there are plenty of ways to make people laugh without one.

Keep it clean(ish)

Avoid crude jokes, mentions of ex-girlfriends, anything that might insult guests and in particular the Bride!

Best man speeches have a reputation for being a bit saucy, but it’s easy to go too far. Don’t judge a potential story or joke on whether you find it funny, but on whether your audience will be offended by it.

Pick a best man speech theme

Anecdotes and observations are key elements of many speeches, but they don’t always link together naturally. Choosing a theme that ties everything together can help it flow and an original and amusing theme is often the difference between a decent speech and a great one.

Keep yourself separate

It’s tempting to focus your speech on your own relationship with the Groom. But if you labour the point too heavily, it can start to sound like narcissism and be very boring for everyone else.

Keep the best man speech short

I strongly recommend you limit specific anecdotes to a maximum of two or three sentences each. Keeping the best man speech short and snappy will hold people’s attention, and if a story isn’t working, you can move swiftly on.

For more tips on speech writing from Lawrence, visit: www.greatspeechwriting.co.uk[4].

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Luxury groom’s gifts to spoil your man on your wedding day

There’s a lot to celebrate on your wedding day, but why not kick-start the celebrations by spoiling your partner with something special? We’ve done the searching to help you find the best luxury groom’s gifts.

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Groom’s Gifts- Our Guide

Wedding day scent

We do love a wedding day scent, one that will spark nostalgia with each spritz. Pick wisely, with all the hugs and kisses your man will be handing out on the big day, he’ll have a lot of guests in close proximity. Give the gift of a luxurious scent to ensure he is a scent to behold. 

Jo Malone London x Huntsman in Birch and Black Pepper – £120[1]

Buy this Jo Malone fragrance here[2]

The Birch and Black Pepper Cologne stood out to us in the new range. A subtle blend of sophisticated scents suitable for day-to-night wedding celebrations.

Luxury leather goods

Good quality leather just gets better with age. By gifting your partner some supple leather items, you can watch to see who withstands the test of time better!

Mulberry Heritage Weekender – £1,150 [3]

Buy this Mulberry weekender here[4]

We’re sure you won’t need to give your husband-to-be any more reason to be excited about your honeymoon, but gift him this bag and you’ll send his excitement over the edge.

Aspinal card holder – £55[5]

Buy this Aspinal card holder here[6]

Gone are the days of carrying tons of cash, this Aspinal card holder[7] is sleek and compact and you can customise it with your partner’s initials to make it even more special. 

A luxury timepiece

When it comes to buying the groom’s gifts, there is nothing better than a shiny new watch. It’s a luxurious and thoughtful gift and a fantastic token to mark your special day.

TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Men’s Watch- £2,050[8]

Buy this Tag watch here[9]

We particularly love this Tag Carrera watch as it’s a classic, clean-cut style that’s sure to withstand the test of time (excuse the pun). The metal strap and dark face are sophisticated simplicity and we’re sure your groom would agree.

Baume & Mercier Classima 18ct Rose Gold Men’s Watch- £3,350[10]

Simplify things even further with this Baume & Mercier watch[11], which would make a fantastic gift. The leather strap and rose gold face combined create a handsome and classy watch fitting for a gentleman. Plus, who wouldn’t love the visible mechanism on the back? 

Celebratory drinks

Your groom will be getting ready with his groomsmen whilst you’re occupied with your bridesmaids. Why not send him a gift he can share on your wedding day?

Dom Perignon Vintage – £150[12]

Who doesn’t love a bit of fancy pop? Dom is the ultimate in luxury champagne and we’re sure your husband-to-be will enjoy popping the cork on this one!

Johnnie Walker Blue Label- £125[13]

A whisky tipple does have an air of sophistication around it. With this premium grade Johnnie Walker you’ll be enabling the boy’s club scene which could quite likely follow, but if he can’t on his wedding day- when can he?

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References

  1. ^ Jo Malone London x Huntsman in Birch and Black Pepper – £120 (www.jomalone.co.uk)
  2. ^ Buy this Jo Malone fragrance here (www.jomalone.co.uk)
  3. ^ Mulberry Heritage Weekender – £1,150  (www.mulberry.com)
  4. ^ Buy this Mulberry weekender here (www.mulberry.com)
  5. ^ Aspinal card holder – £55 (www.aspinaloflondon.com)
  6. ^ Buy this Aspinal card holder here (www.aspinaloflondon.com)
  7. ^ Aspinal card holder (www.aspinaloflondon.com)
  8. ^ TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Men’s Watch- £2,050 (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  9. ^ Buy this Tag watch here (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  10. ^ Baume & Mercier Classima 18ct Rose Gold Men’s Watch- £3,350 (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  11. ^ Baume & Mercier watch (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  12. ^ Dom Perignon Vintage – £150 (www.fortnumandmason.com)
  13. ^ Johnnie Walker Blue Label- £125 (www.amazon.co.uk)
  14. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  15. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Luxury groom gifts to spoil your man on your wedding day

There’s a lot to celebrate on your wedding day, but why not kick-start the celebrations by spoiling your partner with something special? We’ve done the searching to help you find the best luxury groom gifts.

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Groom Gifts- Our Guide

Wedding day scent

We do love a wedding day scent, one that will spark nostalgia with each spritz. Pick wisely, with all the hugs and kisses your man will be handing out on the big day, he’ll have a lot of guests in close proximity. Give the gift of a luxurious scent to ensure he is a scent to behold. 

Jo Malone London x Huntsman in Birch and Black Pepper – £120[1]

Buy this Jo Malone fragrance here[2]

The Birch and Black Pepper Cologne stood out to us in the new range. A subtle blend of sophisticated scents suitable for day-to-night wedding celebrations.

Luxury leather goods

Good quality leather just gets better with age. By gifting your partner some supple leather items, you can watch to see who withstands the test of time better!

Mulberry Heritage Weekender – £1,150 [3]

Buy this Mulberry weekender here[4]

We’re sure you won’t need to give your husband-to-be any more reason to be excited about your honeymoon, but gift him this bag and you’ll send his excitement over the edge.

Aspinal card holder – £55[5]

Buy this Aspinal card holder here[6]

Gone are the days of carrying tons of cash, this Aspinal card holder[7] is sleek and compact and you can customise it with your partner’s initials to make it even more special. 

A luxury timepiece

When it comes to buying the groom gifts, there is nothing better than a shiny new watch. It’s a luxurious and thoughtful gift and a fantastic token to mark your special day.

TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Men’s Watch- £2,050[8]

Buy this Tag watch here[9]

We particularly love this Tag Carrera watch as it’s a classic, clean-cut style that’s sure to withstand the test of time (excuse the pun). The metal strap and dark face are sophisticated simplicity and we’re sure your groom would agree.

Baume & Mercier Classima 18ct Rose Gold Men’s Watch- £3,350[10]

Simplify things even further with this Baume & Mercier watch[11], which would make a fantastic gift. The leather strap and rose gold face combined create a handsome and classy watch fitting for a gentleman. Plus, who wouldn’t love the visible mechanism on the back? 

Celebratory drinks

Your groom will be getting ready with his groomsmen whilst you’re occupied with your bridesmaids. Why not send him a gift he can share on your wedding day?

Dom Perignon Vintage – £150[12]

Who doesn’t love a bit of fancy pop? Dom is the ultimate in luxury champagne and we’re sure your husband-to-be will enjoy popping the cork on this one!

Johnnie Walker Blue Label- £125[13]

A whisky tipple does have an air of sophistication around it. With this premium grade Johnnie Walker you’ll be enabling the boy’s club scene which could quite likely follow, but if he can’t on his wedding day- when can he?

READ MORE:


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[14], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[15] to join in the conversation.

References

  1. ^ Jo Malone London x Huntsman in Birch and Black Pepper – £120 (www.jomalone.co.uk)
  2. ^ Buy this Jo Malone fragrance here (www.jomalone.co.uk)
  3. ^ Mulberry Heritage Weekender – £1,150  (www.mulberry.com)
  4. ^ Buy this Mulberry weekender here (www.mulberry.com)
  5. ^ Aspinal card holder – £55 (www.aspinaloflondon.com)
  6. ^ Buy this Aspinal card holder here (www.aspinaloflondon.com)
  7. ^ Aspinal card holder (www.aspinaloflondon.com)
  8. ^ TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Men’s Watch- £2,050 (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  9. ^ Buy this Tag watch here (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  10. ^ Baume & Mercier Classima 18ct Rose Gold Men’s Watch- £3,350 (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  11. ^ Baume & Mercier watch (www.beaverbrooks.co.uk)
  12. ^ Dom Perignon Vintage – £150 (www.fortnumandmason.com)
  13. ^ Johnnie Walker Blue Label- £125 (www.amazon.co.uk)
  14. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  15. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Groomsmen attire: Styling inspiration for dashing groomsmen

If your groomsmen are struggling to take their aisle style from office wear to wedding chic suits, we’ve got the ball rolling on the perfect groomsmen attire to ease the pressure. 

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Groomsmen Attire: Suits

There is a multitude of ways to coordinate your groomsmen[1], with the most obvious option being identical outfits. Alternatively, the groomsmen mix and match, or match the bridesmaids or you can put them in print for something different. We’ve got a roundup of recent suits for consideration.

Ted Baker – £598[2]

A classic, perfectly tailored suit from Ted Baker, also available in a lighter shade of blue.

Hugo Boss – £524.99[3]

If you’re going to buy something nice, at least make it something you’re likely to wear again. This Hugo Boss suit is too good to neglect.

Buy this Hugo Boss suit here[4]

Want to go bold? Say no more. This ASOS skinny suit blazer[5] is sure to get your groomsmen on side with any Scottish attendees. Tone down the look with plain trousers and a bow tie.

Buy this ASOS blazer here[6]

Perhaps you want something simple and budget-friendly? Try this three-piece below.

Buy this three-piece suit here[7]

Neck dress

If you’ve opted for a uniform style and colour for each of your groomsmen, the neck dress can be where you have some flair. Do you want to colour match the next dress to the bridesmaid’s dresses?

Bow Ties 

Buy this Paul Smith bow tie here[8]

This Paul Smith bow tie[9] is a classic, you won’t go wrong. But why not mix it up with a pop of colour or print?

Buy this floral bow tie here[10]

Go bold or go home? It’s your day and they are your rules. Shop this floral bow tie on ASOS here[11].

Ties

Buy this tie here[12]

Ah, the classic black tie. Faultless. We love this plain black silk tie from French connection[13].

Buy this silk tie here[14]

Stick to your colour scheme by accessorising your groomsmen with coloured ties. We particularly love this burnt orange one for anyone having an autumn wedding.

But this burnt orange tie here[15]

Accessories

Add some variation to your groomsmen’s style with a few choice accessories.

Pocket squares 

You can match your groomsmen’s[16] pocket squares to their ties or, alternatively, if you’re a fan of floral prints then a pocket square can be a sophisticated touch to your groomsmen’s attire.

But this Eton pocket square here[17]

Eton silk pocket square from Jules B.

Buy this Paul Smith pocket square here[18]

Alternatively, you can the print low key with this Paul Smith[19] polka dot pocket square.

Shoes 

Stick to the safe option with these classic Oxford shoes from Jones.

Buy these leather Oxfords from Jones here[20]

These almond-shaped ones from Ask the Missus[21] are high-shine leather and a perfect smart option.

Buy these Oxford shoes here[22]

Alternatively, opt for a similar style with a bit more detail and a bolder tan colour like these Happy Oxford shoes from Ask the Missus. [23]

Buy these Oxford shoes here[24] Buy these Ted Baker shoes here[25]

These Ted Baker brogues[26] are a great option if you’ve gone for braces and a more laid-back look.

Buy these monk strap shoes from Jones here[27]

Alternatively, why not consider a classic monk strap like these ones from Jones?

Buy these Derby shoes from Jones here[28]

Finally, if you’ve opted for a navy suit and you want to keep your colour scheme uniform, then these navy Derby shoes are a great option.

Socks

London Sock Co.[29]

Buy these sock here[30]

Posh socks are a thing. Don’t just take our word for it. Colourful socks make for great wedding photos, so why not gift your groomsmen socks to the advantage of your future wedding album?

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References

  1. ^ groomsmen (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Ted Baker – £598 (www.tedbaker.com)
  3. ^ Hugo Boss – £524.99 (www.julesb.co.uk)
  4. ^ Buy this Hugo Boss suit here (www.julesb.co.uk)
  5. ^ ASOS skinny suit blazer (www.asos.com)
  6. ^ Buy this ASOS blazer here (www.asos.com)
  7. ^ Buy this three-piece suit here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  8. ^ Buy this Paul Smith bow tie here (www.paulsmith.com)
  9. ^ Paul Smith bow tie (www.paulsmith.com)
  10. ^ Buy this floral bow tie here (www.asos.com)
  11. ^ Shop this floral bow tie on ASOS here (www.asos.com)
  12. ^ Buy this tie here (www.frenchconnection.com)
  13. ^ French connection (www.frenchconnection.com)
  14. ^ Buy this silk tie here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  15. ^ But this burnt orange tie here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  16. ^ groomsmen’s (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  17. ^ But this Eton pocket square here (www.julesb.co.uk)
  18. ^ Buy this Paul Smith pocket square here (www.paulsmith.com)
  19. ^ this Paul Smith (www.paulsmith.com)
  20. ^ Buy these leather Oxfords from Jones here (www.jonesbootmaker.com)
  21. ^ Ask the Missus (www.office.co.uk)
  22. ^ Buy these Oxford shoes here (www.office.co.uk)
  23. ^ Happy Oxford shoes from Ask the Missus.  (www.office.co.uk)
  24. ^ Buy these Oxford shoes here (www.office.co.uk)
  25. ^ uy these Ted Baker shoes here (www.schuh.co.uk)
  26. ^ Ted Baker brogues (www.schuh.co.uk)
  27. ^ Buy these monk strap shoes from Jones here (www.jonesbootmaker.com)
  28. ^ Buy these Derby shoes from Jones here (www.jonesbootmaker.com)
  29. ^ London Sock Co. (www.londonsockcompany.com)
  30. ^ Buy these sock here (www.londonsockcompany.com)
  31. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  32. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)