Weddings, or so it would seem, are all about the brides. While all eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle, the groom is often relegated to secondary status. Such is the case as well when it comes to bridesmaids and groomsmen. While family and friends are most inclined to notice the bevy of beauties in matching dresses, groomsmen tend to go largely unnoticed.
One person who shouldn't fail to notice the groomsmen is the groom himself. Part of being a good groom is not only showing support for your blushing bride, but showing appreciation for your groomsmen as well. Groomsmen can and often do have significant responsibilities before and during the wedding, whether it's offering support to a nervous groom or organizing one final and memorable get-together before he ties the knot.
"Groomsmen are often overlooked in a wedding party even though they play important roles," says Mark Walerstein, founding of GroomsOnline (www.groomsonline.com), an informational Web site offering tips, pointers and timesaving hints designed to make the planning process more fun, relaxing and rewarding for the man.
That said, a good groom should recognize the efforts of his groomsmen and give them gifts as an acknowledgement of their efforts. There are firms that offer a host of unique gifts that are sure to be appreciated by the men who play an important role in the wedding party. Plus, this selection of guy-friendly gifts makes fast work of selecting the right mementos by time-pressed grooms.
Commemorate the reception. While women tend to lean toward the sentimental side at weddings, men are often less so, and tend to focus on the celebratory aspects of the day. For grooms whose groomsmen are more likely to reminisce about the reception than the ceremony itself, consider the GroomsOnline Pub design line of gifts. Grooms can give out a personalized pub sign, pub shot glass, pub beer stein, or a pub bubble clock as a means of commemorating the day. Such gifts can then be displayed at celebrations for years to come.
Back to the bachelor party. These days, weekend getaways are a common theme to many bachelor parties. If your bachelor party happened to be a weekend getaway where you and your groomsmen kicked back and enjoyed your favorite hobby, consider gifts that evoke memories of that special weekend where you were the guest of honor. Specific gift designs from GroomsOnline include fishing, pool hall, golf, and hunting lodge to name a few.
Go the more fanciful route. For grooms whose wedding will be an elegant affair, celebrate that elegance by giving your groomsmen a gift they're sure to value for years. Perhaps no accessory for men is more elegant than a pocket watch. Engrave a pocket watch for each groomsmen in your party as a show of appreciation and an acknowledgement of their roles in helping you and your bride create an atmosphere and a day you'll remember forever. You can also score extra points by engraving a special sentiment to your own father or the father-of-the-bride.