It’s The Year of the Groom!

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Grooms: It’s Good To Be You

It’s never been a better time to be a groom. You’re older (about 31); more settled in your job; better off financially AND you’re allowed to have fun with the wedding planning.

Yes, gentlemen, you heard me: I used the words fun and wedding planning in the same sentence.

It’s the 21st century. Long gone are the days when brides-to-be did 99% of the planning with their mothers. Today many couples pay the entire cost of their wedding day. Or, at the very least, share that financial responsibility with their parents.

You and your fiancé are both emotionally and financially invested in your wedding day and it’s only right – and fair – that you should be involved.

Feeling a bit intimidated? Wondering where to start? No worries. Many blogs and websites cater to grooms. Here are just a few to get you inspired:

Chris Easter runs an online wedding registry for grooms called, not surprisingly, Says Easter, “Grooms are incorporating personal interests and hobbies into the wedding planning — for example, writing custom music for the ceremony, designing the couple’s wedding website and even forging custom wedding bands.” Easter has also written a book to help grooms navigate the world of weddings: Be the Man

If those resources don’t quite quench your thirst for wedding planning knowledge, make note of this date: Sunday, March 18 as that’s when the first ever Grooms Show will take place at the Erin Mills Convention Centre. “The modern groom is trendy, savvy and stylish and wants to bring aspects of his style to the wedding,” says Ophelia McKnight, producer the show. McKnight continues, “…grooms want to have a say in where those wedding dollars go, including a great suit, a bar stocked with their favourite premium liquors, maybe cigar[s] and scotch after dinner, and an amazing honeymoon.”

Gentlemen, it’s your time to step out of your bride’s shadow and get involved. Remember, it’s your special day too.

Grooms – It’s Good to be You.


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