–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–Traditionally, women have done all the wedding planning. Crusty adages like “the groom just shows up,” have long been conventional wisdom. However, as more couples plan their weddings together, grooms are playing a more active role.
“Contrary to popular belief, planning a wedding is a difficult task for the groom,” says Mark Walerstein, founder of GroomsOnline (http://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. “The groom does have responsibilities, but we really are in the dark about what to do.” Featuring wedding-day checklists, attire pointers and more, the site sheds light on just about every aspect of the wedding, from buying a tuxedo to organizing a bachelor party.
There’s even a full-service online gift shop for the gifts you need for the groomsmen, best man, ring bearer and bridesmaids too. Got friends or family who are sports fans? Order a personalized Louisville Slugger or Rawlings bats. Or get creative with a framed photo that displays a name and message on a favorite team’s electronic scoreboard. Visit http://www.groomsonlinegifts.com for more ideas.
As you plan your upcoming nuptials, here are a few tips to keep in mind, courtesy of GroomsOnline.
— Finding a disc jockey — Wedding magazines, the yellow pages and of course, word-of-mouth referrals from family or friends are all great ways to find a DJ for your wedding. Set up a meeting with him or her before you make your decision to be sure that person is the best match for what you and your fiancee have in mind and there are no surprises. It’s good to have an idea of what you’re looking for when calling around. Don’t forget to ask for references from previous clients.
— Choosing the first dance — This is the big one, that all-important first dance as husband and wife. Do you have two left feet? You might consider dance lessons so you can dance like a pro from start to finish. Pick something that’s sentimental to both the bride and groom. If you’re still stumped, choose a classic tune from an artist like Frank Sinatra or Nat “King” Cole.
— Losing your midsection — You’ll be front and center before guests, not to mention a photographer. Lose weight for the big day with some self-discipline. Maintain a diet high in protein-enriched foods like eggs, bacon or cheese. Integrate exercise into your work day. Contract your abs when sitting for one minute, relax and repeat every 30 minutes. After work, mow the lawn instead of watching TV.
— Being the best man — The best man should help put the groom at ease. He’ll keep tabs on the groomsmen — arrange for their fittings and ensure they look top-notch on the wedding day. He’ll also plan the bachelor party. Traditional parties include smoking cigars and drinking. However, more grooms want memorable outings. Today’s parties can range from skiing to camping. At the wedding, the best man toasts the couple. The keys to a good toast are speaking confidently, good eye contact and body language.