It's wedding season! Whether you're planning your own wedding or Pinterest surfing (we don't judge), today we're going to be diving into some of my husband, Joseph's favorite groomsmen gift ideas.
Don't get me wrong, I have ideas on what makes a cool and great gift, but your man knows his friends the best. And even if your groom may not know what to get his friends, maybe mine can help him narrow it down.
"Wait, we have to buy our wedding party gifts?? Why?" you may ask...
To be totally honest, no, you don't have to buy your wedding party gifts. Don't tell your mama, but you can and should pick and choose what makes sense for your wedding. If you don't want to do a garter toss, don't.
When it comes to bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, I equate it to writing Thank You cards. It's a kind thing to do, especially when many of your bridesmaids and groomsmen are helping you plan, throw showers, and are potentially dropping a couple hundred dollars to participate in your special day.
What Did Joseph Give His Groomsmen?
Aren't they adorable? Photograph by Outlander Photography
I'm a huge fan of being unique, and so is Joseph. We wanted to give our friends and family who were participating in our special day something that we thought they would love. Here's some of the gifts Joseph gave his guys:
- North Georgia Mountains Moonshine Tasting Set
- Avengers Pocket Watch
- Superhero Wallet
- Gift Card for a Wedding Band -- not kidding. One of our groomsmen got engaged so why not!
8 Groomsmen Gift Ideas the Guys in Your Wedding Will Love
Joseph and I really wish we had known about this company before our wedding! The Bro Basket is a one-stop-shop if you need buying a groomsmen gift to be quick and easy. The company gives you so many options to choose from depending on what you and the bros bond over -- including beer, liquor, beef jerky and more. (We highly recommend the one we sampled, which was the Moscow Mule with Titos Tequila) Check it out here.
Side note: Father's Day anyone?
I feel like everywhere you turn around while wedding planning, there's another keepsake. Bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts don't necessarily have to be a keepsake (see The Bro Basket if that's your vibe), but if you do want one, why not make it something awesome?
Not only is this bullet bottle opener cool and unique, but the fact it's on a keychain means it's portable and won't just sit gathering dust in the kitchen cabinet. (We're also big fans that you're able to customize each one) Check it out here.
Related: Holiday Gift Guide For The Men
How cool are these? Did you bond over drinking whiskey in Scotland? Maybe your bachelor party is in Vegas. These glasses are a cool keepsake, but they're also classic and something your friends will probably keep for years. Cheers! Check it out here.
As we get older, there are some things that you want to spend a little extra $$$ on. Wallets are definitely one of these items. We first mentioned these in our Holiday Gift Guide for Men, and these are so good we had to mention them here! The Frye Company also has a bunch of other things we would totally recommend if you're not feeling giving the guys a wallet. Check it out here.
We love coffee in our household. It’s cheaper then therapy and has a better success rate of keeping Joseph awake in the morning.
This is a simple and inexpensive way to show your appreciation for your men. (And Joseph likes having a good mug that is just for him) Check it out here.here. here. here.
What do you guys think? Do you have any other recommendations for what to get groomsmen? Leave a comment down below to help a brother/sister out!
J & J.
4 Underrated Wedding Shops
Minted - Wedding InvitationsAnything with the word "wedding" in the title is 5x more expensive than any other occasion, and that includes invitations. While I was wedding planning, I was so frustrated that invitations had a billion pieces of paper and looked nothing like the vision I had. I ordered my wedding invitations from Minted (the photo to the left is my invitation) and I couldn't have been more in love with them. Minted features designers from all over the world who sell their designs through the platform. This helps the price drop to something more reasonable thanks to competition, and gives you more freedom to explore your options. You can choose your invitation design, request edits, select the type of paper it's printed on, as well as get your entire guest list printed on the envelopes you select in the whatever design you choose. Check it out here.
Afloral - FlowersIs your favorite flower out of season on your wedding date? What if you could preserve your bouquet without using any weird chemicals/freezing it? Afloral is a website that sells faux flowers. (But if you check out the picture to the left, you can see that they're super realistic) They also offer silk flowers! If you'd like to customize your own bouquet, you can select each flower individually, or you can choose an already assembled bouquet. Check it out here.
Save On Crafts - DecorIf you're DIY-ing anything, you NEED to check out Save On Crafts. Even if you aren't planning your wedding, you should check it out. They have amazing decor if you're planning anything from a fairy wonderland to a modern Mad Man-esque reception. The smartest thing you can do for your wedding -- choose decorations that you would want to keep later. You'll thank me one day. Lesson learned: make sure you're double checking any measurements. Check it out here.
Dazi - Men's TiesI featured Dazi in my Wedding Shops for Men post, and if you want your bridal party to stand out, I would highly recommend checking them out. Dazi offers handmade ties that you can bulk order for anyone in the wedding party for a discount. (You can also purchase them separately.) The ties are amazing quality, and provide a pop for the gentlemen in the wedding party! Check it out here.
Other Underrated Wedding Shops to ConsiderClick the titles to shop: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER! *Photo credit on my banner image is Outlander Photography*
For the Wedding Day:SuitSupply. Not that Men's Warehouse isn't great (they gave amazing service to our guys), but what I love about SuitSupply is that these are gorgeous suits that are actually about the same price as renting a wedding suit... except this one you get to keep. They're tailored, sleek, and it's a much better investment. Check it out here. here explains in-depth why I love Dazi, but if you want your wedding to have flashes of personality, it takes some research to find the right shops. I was so blind to how many options there were! I assumed that you either needed to go with whatever came with the suit or purchase something else from a department store or maybe Etsy if you felt like spending a fortune. Dazi has so many gorgeous and unique ties for both adults and children. Check it out here.
Gifts for the Groom or the Groomsmen:the UncommonGreen is perfect for a unique keepsake that holds a meaning, but is classy at the same time. Their barware is flipping gorgeous. We have the London glass pictured left, and it's *gorgeous*. They have so many different types of glasses, beer glasses, stemless wine glasses, copper mugs! Check it out here. here. here.
Are you a bride? Check out my Wedding Planning 101 post here on the first thing to do once you're engaged!Thanks for joining me! These are some of my favorite wedding shops for men. Do you have any you would add to this list? Leave me a commend down below, and be sure to check out some of my other tips on wedding planning on the blog! Have a wonderful week, and I will see you on the next one! J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
DAZI Men's Ties
Why I love DAZI
- They're unique
- Each tie is high quality, but for an affordable price point
- They have bulk order discounts!
- The ties are handmade
- They're perfect for all special occasions -- not just weddings!
My Current Favoriteswebsite or follow them on Instagram. Which one is your favorite? I'm thinking Joseph needs Coral Flor next!! J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
To be completely honest, I didn't want to do the cake saving tradition.(GASP!) Sorry, just being honest. I felt it was similar to the garter tradition, it just wasn't necessary. And both sounded a little gross. I was totally fine with having a two tier wedding cake and taking nothing home. But our venue basically included the top anniversary tier in the pricing, so here we are living to tell the tale. There are so many things that people will tell you about your wedding day that may or may not happen... quite forcefully, I may add. We have some hilarious stories that I'll be sure to tell in future posts. But one of the things that people harped on me continuously was that we most likely wouldn't eat anything so we should do the cake tradition. (Fun story, not only did we eat, but we were given a to-go bag so we ate again)
Pro-tip: Ask friends or family how their wedding cake was stored and if it worked for them.Ours is a perfect example of what didn't work. My poor husband. Seriously. The poor guy talked about that cake for weeks. The week of our anniversary he constantly brought it up. (My husband has a sugar problem) We got maybe two bites in (the second was to make sure it really did suck that badly), and had to throw it away. Our venue wrapped our cake in plastic wrap, then put it in a box with a sticker with our wedding date on it, then wrapped it again in plastic wrap. Nope, nope, nope. It tasted stale with a touch of freezer burn. The only thing that was still relatively ok was the frosting, which is concerning now that I sit and think about it. My sister-in-law said their cake tasted wonderful after the year. Though to my understanding, they took their wedding cake out and rewrapped it in aluminum foil... so maybe if you choose to do this tradition, put yours in a glass Pyrex, then wrap that in aluminum foil, then suspend it in liquid nitrogen before having it take up half of your freezer (kidding).
If I had to do it all over, I would have opted out.Just keeping it real. It's your wedding. You don't have to do any of the traditions. Personally, I just don't think it was worth the freezer space. I would have either opted out entirely, or done the smart thing and eaten the cake a week later. But, just like marriage, funny things happen and you live to post about it on social media. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
Choose your top three priorities. And then be willing to compromise on some level for everything else.I know, I know. Back when you had a pillowcase on your head, you dreamed of every little detail being absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, unless you're a Kardashian, that may not be possible. The best thing you can do for your sanity (and your budget), is to narrow down what your top three dream items are.
For me, it was:
- A naturally beautiful location
- A venue that had multiple packaging options for different price points