20 DOs & DONTs FOR THE GROOM

These must-have tips will see you seamlessly through your big day. And if all else fails, just remember: the bride is always right!

  • Have your bachelor party at least a week before the wedding. Never have it the night before – it’s unacceptable to greet your bride reeking of booze and with blood-shot beer eyes.
  • Make sure your bride-to-be has plans on the night of your bachelor party. Treat her and some close friends or her mum to an afternoon in the spa, or book a table for them at her favourite restaurant and take care of the bill.
  • If you’re going out of town for your bachelor party, let your bride know you have arrived at your destination safely. Give her a call the next morning to assure her you are alive and well, no matter how hung-over you are.
  • Your best man must not only organise your bachelor party, he must also look after you. Broken bones and shaved eyebrows are not allowed!
  • Get involved in the planning of the wedding – help with the guest list, the budget and the song list.
  • Remember your mother is not in charge of planning the wedding.
  • If you’re hiring a suit, collect it or have it delivered at least a day before the wedding. There are always unexpected delays and you cannot afford to be late on your wedding day.
  • Don’t wear white socks with black shoes!
  • On your wedding day, have your best man deliver a gift or flowers to your bride. Attach a special note to her.
  • When travelling from the ceremony to the reception, tell your new wife how beautiful she is and that you’re feeling like the luckiest man in the world. Don’t start up a conversation with the driver about the rugby score of the game you’ve just missed.
  • The wedding photographs are very important to your bride so don’t complain or make sarcastic comments if you feel they’re taking too long.
  • In your wedding speech, never refer to your new wife as “bridezilla” or her mother as your “monster-in-law”. Compliment your bride, tell her how much you love her and thank her and her mum for all their hard work.
  • Don’t get drunk at your wedding – it’s unattractive and will not go down well with your new wife or your in-laws.
  • Try not to spend most of the night at the bar with your mates – even if you haven’t seen some of them for years.
  • Never, ever flirt with the bridesmaids.
  • Ask your mother and your mother-in-law to dance.
  • Make sure your DJ has been given a playlist – don’t pester him all night to play your favourite song.
  • Leave your wedding before it finishes even though it’s the best party of your life.
  • Make sure your luggage is waiting for you at the hotel.
  • If things do go wrong on the day, be understanding and supportive and make your bride feel better by telling her how much you love her. Remind her that in the grand scheme of things, little mishaps don’t matter.

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