Despite what you may think, the responsibilities of the groom don’t stop at finding the right ring and getting down on one knee. While the bride may traditionally handle more of the wedding planning process, the groom should involve himself and stay present throughout the whole experience. If you’re unsure how to handle the wedding day and are nervous you might mess something up, here are some wedding day tips for the groom to make your day more enjoyable, relaxed, and successful.
1. Get a Good Night’s Rest
The best way to set yourself up for a dreamy wedding day is to get a full night of sleep. This may mean partying less than some of your friends or going to bed a bit earlier than others. That’s OK! It’s better to have a good night’s sleep and be fully prepared for the big day to come than feel exhausted and drained.
2. Stay Hydrated and Fueled
Forgetting to eat or drink water throughout the wedding day is common for all members of the bridal party, especially the bride and groom. Try to keep your strength and health up by drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious food. Whether that means eating a full breakfast and lunch or just packing good snacks, make sure you fuel yourself for your day.
3. Don’t Forget to Shave
While you may have remembered to get your haircut in time, it’s just as important to tend to your facial hair. All eyes will be on you throughout this day. You want to look your best, not only for your guests, but for your new spouse!
4. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get Ready
Following the day-of schedule is an absolute must. While you may not have as much to do as the women as far as hair and makeup goes, you want to be sure you have plenty of time to get dressed and ready before the ceremony. Something that sounds simple like tying a tie or buttoning up cuff links can end up taking far longer than anticipated. The last thing you want is to be running late for your own wedding, so give yourself more than enough time to get ready.
5. Pace Yourself
The last thing your fiancée wants to see when they walk down the aisle is you, drunk. Yes, you want to have a good time with your groomsmen and it’s perfectly normal to toss back a few…but pace yourself. Keep yourself under control. Celebrating with your boys is good, but the day is about your marriage and you want to stay present for that.
6. Know Where the Rings Are
If you’re having a ring bearer, then make sure you hand them off to the appropriate person before the ceremony. You can also hand the rings to your officiant, best man and maid of honor, or you can keep them in your pocket for absolute security.
7. Choose the Right Socks
Yes, this is an important enough detail to make it on the list. If you’re wearing a black tuxedo, you don’t want a pair of foul old white socks peeking out at your ankles. While you can feel free to choose some fun, patterned socks that show off your personality, the safest choice is to match your socks to your pants.
8. Clean up After Yourself
When you leave the room after getting ready, make sure it’s clean. Tidy up any pillows or blankets, take care of the trash, and don’t leave clothes strewn about. This is especially important if your groomsmen got rowdy throughout their preparation. Don’t leave a big mess for someone else to clean up later.
9. Enjoy Yourself
The stress and excitement of the wedding day will want to sweep you away. Make sure you stop, breathe, and actively enjoy yourself. This day is meant as a celebration; you get to marry the love of your life! Don’t let all the other endless details distract you from being happy.