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Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 7th 2008

Welcome to Snapshot Sunday- The Groom’s Edition! You’re in for some bumper snapshot Sundays as Ms Polka Dot shares her favourite shots.

Today I’m posting my favourite shots of the guys getting ready. There’s often a quiet reflective nature to these shots- the complete opposite of the bride!

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Photo by Bebb Studios

This is that typical groom’s shot of the shirt being done up and cufflinks being placed. I like that the photo is all about this moment.

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Photo by Aj’s Photography

This is a gorgeous father/son moment. The focus on both their faces- the grooms chin raised high and his father coming in and helping him tie the bowtie. It’s an intimate moment captured beautifully.

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Photo by Vrai Photo

Love the concentration in this photo as his writes (presumably his vows) deep in thought.

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Photo by Xiss Photography

This reminds me of the photo by Drew B I posted of the bridesmaids ‘primping the bride’. I love the atmosphere in this shot- the sense of camaraderie and happiness. The colour is gorgeous too- what a funky group of men!

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Photo by Vincent Lai

One of the few busy shots I’ve seen! I love how there is so much going on in this photo- buttons being done up, phones being answered. The mess of the bags and clothes strewn around.

What are your favourite shots of the groom getting ready?

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 6th 2008

Australian wedding planner Cathrin D’Entremont joins us today to give us the best tips she gives to her grooms on their wedding days. Cathrin also writes a gorgeous blog on her website CD Weddings.

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Photo by Xiss Photography

You may feel a little left out in all that wedding planning. Let’s face it, choosing flowers may not be your thing anyway, but there is still plenty for you to do:

  1. If ballroom dancing is not your thing, do consider taking lessons for your bridal waltz. Not only will you feel more confident in leading your bride, but your guests will love it.
  2. Give your groomsmen plenty of notice for the fitting of the suit hire appointment. You need to do the fitting at least 2 months prior to your wedding day. When they are all dressed – look in the mirror together and ask yourself if this is the look you wanted? Is this fitting in with the overall theme?
  3. Yes, you do need black socks, but you could consider coloured socks, may be matching the colour theme? Or just have some fun and mix and match!
  4. Leading up to the wedding make sure you and your groomsmen do not get sunburned. Not a good look on the wedding photos – don’t you agree? Slip- Slop- Slap!
  5. Do not leave it up to the last minute to write your speech. Give your best man a copy just in case! Practise it – trust me it will be worth it!
  6. Become familiar with the time line on the day. It is going to be a long day and you do not like to be late for anything!
  7. Maybe a bouquet of flowers and a card with a special note on the morning of your wedding to your bride would be a good thing?
  8. Consider a card, a love poem to your “new wife” and place it on her pillow on your wedding night. Let your imagination run wild!

A perfect ending to your perfect day!

Check out Cathrin’s blog here for more of her wedding planning tips!

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 5th 2008

Mr Polka always told me he thought if the groom had to get up and speak then so did the bride. Here’s 10 tips for making the wedding speech easier!

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Photo by Anne Ruthmann

  1. Practice! Practice will make you feel more relaxed- you’ll know what’s coming next and deliver your words more confidently. Use a mirror so you can check your facial expressions. gestures and posture.
  2. Write it down- Write down the key points on index cards or paper. It’s very reassuring to know you have backup
  3. Thanks- Thank your guests for coming to share in the day- especially those who have traveled long distances, thank the bridal party and your families. If it starts to feel like an acceptance speech, break it up with stories and a little humour.
  4. Be as romantic and sentimental as you like about your wife! (and don’t forget to mention her- it does happen!)
  5. Have fun with it! Include a joke, a funny story. This is your speech and do whatever you can to help yourself relax
  6. Keep sober- Keep your alcoholic drinks to a minimum until after the speech. A drunk groom does not a good look make during a speech
  7. Keep it snappy- don’t let the speech get too drawn out. You have a lot to say but you need to keep it snappy so guests don’t fall asleep! At the same time don’t rush so fast through the speech that guests will wonder where it went. Take your time with words.
  8. Make sure the speech content is suitable for all ages. Keep the naughty jokes for the buck’s party!
  9. Toast! It is traditional for the groom to toast the bridesmaids, but you might just want to raise a toast to your lovely new wife, or to family and friends!
  10. Remember most of all, you are amongst people who care for you and will not judge you if you get the words wrong or if you spill your wine accidentally during the speech. So relax and enjoy the moment!