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The A to Z Groom Checklist

by | Groom, Tips and Tricks


Bec Lawrence

Lyndal_Brendan_416-550x366Image by Leah Cruikshank Photography via How To Pull Off An Amazing Sunset Wedding.

Some say a bride has a million things to do before a wedding. Though there are some things that require a groom to take charge. To ensure you don’t forget the big stuff, we’ve compiled an A to Z checklist for everything a groom needs to do before the wedding day!

Accessories. Talk colour schemes with your fiancé and organise coordinating pocket squares and cufflinks.

accessoriesImage by Ed Sloane via Peggy and Finn Groom Accessories.

Bucks party. It’s your time to enjoy yourself so make sure you’ve got something spectacular planned.

Confirm, confirm, confirm. Are the hotel, transport and any hired equipment ready to go?

Discuss the guest list with your fiancé; you wouldn’t want her to forget your favourite cousin Dylan.

Eat! What better task than to awaken your tastebuds than by trying cakes and sampling the menu.

Forget me not. Lay out your outfit and make sure you aren’t missing any buttons or that sock that always seems to end up in Narnia.

Groomsmen. Who do you want standing next to you on your special day?

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Have all the gifts ready for either the bucks night or the rehearsal dinner.

Is your fiancé’s present ready?

Just relax! Wedding planning can seem endless but it will all be worth it.

Kiss. Make sure you’re on the same page about the all important kiss.

Licence. Apply for your marriage licence before the date.

Money and travel cards need to be ready before your leave for your honeymoon.

Night before – Stay sober!

Organise dance classes to perfect your first dance.

Polish your shoes or at least make sure they are clean.

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Quality. Is your speech perfected?

Rings! The all important rings needs to be picked up and have any engravings checked.

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Styling. Do you have your grooming products and aftershave ready? Make sure to get a hair cut at least a week before the wedding.

Timing. Have you got a plan for the running of the ceremony. Does everybody know where to be and at what time?

Umbrellas in case it rains. There’s nothing worse than standing at the alter in a see through white shirt.

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Vest or not the vest? What style is your wedding?

Well wishes. Don’t forget to thank your guests for their well wishes.

XO With all the wedding planning going on don’t forget to remind your fiancé you love her.

Yes, yes and yes. Make sure your checklists are ticked off.

Zen. Stay Zen don’t let your nerves get the best of you.

There you have it –  26 must do’s! Don’t forget to add anything that pops up on the way. There’s bound to be a few speed bumps but keeping track with a list will ensure your day is nothing but perfection.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a comprehensive checklist – I especially like the Zen reminder; just remember to relax and enjoy your special day!

Five Fun Pre-Wedding Party Ideas

by | Groom, Pre Wedding Parties


Jennifer Brown

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Image by Kate Paneros of Urban Safari Photography via Kate and Rick’s Otway Ranges Wedding

The fun tradition for the man about to be married. A day or night where he and his comrades can spend the day celebrating the exciting future he has ahead of him as a married man.But, what is it that most men can do? I’m not talking about the typical night of drinks or anything like that, I am talking something along the lines of getting sensibly crazy and having fun!

So here are some great ideas for Groom’s pre-wedding parties to start off the celebrations.

Escape Room
As stressful as they are, they can also fun. You are given a set amount of time to escape from a room. The room is riddled with puzzles and clues and you have to use your wits to escape. This is a fun bonding experience as it relies on all team members to put their heads together and find a way out. Each room has a different story behind it. Whether you are escaping a deranged killer or simply needing to escape from a “Secret Garden”, it is sure to really test you all. If you can escape in the allocated time, you get set free and have your photo taken with the other champions. If not, well, your character perishes. Good luck. Escape Rooms can be found at Strike Bowling or at Break The Code.

Games Night
Sometimes a night in can be way more fun than a night out. So how about you and the guys grab some drinks, order some pizza and grab some card and board games? It is a good way to wind down and relax before your exciting day – and to top it off, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Image by Jennifer Brown

Theme Park Day
OK, this one is something that can last a whole day rather than just a few hours of partying. Hit up some rides together, win some prizes for the bridal party and have some good old-fashioned carnival fun. This day is sure to be a hit. Bonus: Organise a funny and creative group shot for the roller-coaster photos. Maybe wear tuxedos on the ride for a photo opportunity!

Movie Night
I am not just talking about a movie night at home. I am talking about a Gold Glass Cinema experience! Have a seat before the movie, enjoy a few drinks and snacks before heading in to see a movie that all of you (hopefully) agree upon.

Dance Lessons
This is an idea that can be done a few days or weeks before your actual wedding, so you guys can have some practice. Book in for private lessons, so you can be prepared for the dance floor at the reception.If you are feeling confident after the event, try social dancing and keep up with the classes.  As well as being a great way to socialise, there are so many styles that you can try out. Anyone for a Tango?

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some really fun ways to get the boys together; the Escape Room is sure to be one for those who like a bit of strategy!

Groom Style – William

by | Groom, Groom Style


Ms Chinoiserie

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An on-trend midnight navy suit matched back with a crisp shirt and polka dot tie is a statement in style. Finished with a soft white buttonhole, William’s outfit for his romantic Adelaide wedding to Mona was tailored and smart.

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Images by Whitewall Photography

Groom's Suit: Joseph Uzumcu / Groom's Shoes: David Jones
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