Weekends are for weddings! If you’re like me, with 9 weddings each year, the weekends are, quite literally, for weddings (attending them, that is). Also if you’re like me, the weekend is a time to think about planning your own wedding. Lots of people carve out a certain time each week for to wedding planning (Wedding Wednesday seems to be very popular). It ensures the wedding doesn’t take over their whole lives; however, I find that confining wedding planning to a specific time is too pressure-filled and bicker-prone. I plan my wedding when inspiration strikes. Weekends, in particular, offer the time to let my mind roam and plan my own wedding in a stress-free environment. In this series, I’ll take you through some of my major planning steps – hopefully this will help you plan your own wedding!
Back in December, Albert and I went to the Pop Up Flea at the Lexington Armory. For the first time, almost all the vendors were geared towards men. There were tons of leather goods, belts, bags, candles – all with amazing craftsmanship. Albert was drawn to one vendor, Hudson Sutler, which makes high quality canvas bags. He gifted each groomsman a monogrammed cooler and a shoe bag, perfect for use on the golf course, which was extra appropriate since the boys were participating in a golf tournament the weekend of our wedding.
In addition to the bags, Albert also helped out the guys with their wedding outfits. He outfitted each of them with a tie, pocket square, and suspenders. They looked so good!
Guys are always hard to shop for, so I was impressed that Albert managed to find things to gift that were actually useful to their everyday life. Cuff links are a lovely gesture, for instance, but if the groomsmen don’t all wear French cuff shirts or attend many formal weddings, they don’t make much sense and will just end up collecting dust. (That said, if they would actually use cuff links, this is a great gift.) I believe bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts are the one time where it’s not just about making a gesture. These people have made a big financial commitment to be part of your day and you need to show them how much you appreciate that and that you chose them because they are, indeed, the most important people in your life. Choosing the right gift just means you have to know your group. Every single person in this crew could use a nice cooler for beach/park days and all of them golf – done and done!