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Groomsmen Gift Ideas


No matter how frazzled or preoccupied he may be, a groom would be remiss to forget his faithful groomsmen as the big day approaches. Groomsmen gifts are a way to express appreciation for their moral (or immoral, depending on what happened at the bachelor party) support and physical presence by the groom's side as he takes the plunge.


A few things to remember about groomsmen gifts:

-Gifts are typically presented at the rehearsal dinner.

-The best man should receive something a little fancier than the rest of the pack.

-Many grooms choose to give their attendants something to wear during the ceremony, such as cufflinks or watches (to make sure they show up on time!).


Groomsmen gifts can range in price from inexpensive to elaborate; it all depends on the groom's budget. Here are some ideas for innovative and thoughtful groomsmen gift ideas in a variety of price ranges.


A day at the barber shop - The morning before the wedding, take your groomsmen to an old-fashioned barber shop and treat them to a hot lather shave and hairline trim. If they're secure enough in their manhood, they might even enjoy a nice manicure. This will give them time to chill out before duty calls and also ensure that they look spiffy at the wedding. You can even give each attendant an old-fashioned shaving kit as a supplementary gift.


Dress Shoes - Rather than rent shoes along with the tuxes, why not buy each of your best men a fine pair of dress shoes that they can keep after the wedding?


Silk ties - If your groomsmen will wear suits, present each one with a designer black tie to wear at the wedding.


Magazine subscriptions - Giving each or your groomsmen a subscription to their favorite magazine makes it easy to customize the gift to each person's individual taste. It's the gift that keeps on giving.


Customized CDs - Put together a customized song list for each of your groomsmen, including songs that you guys may have partied to togather in the past as well as other songs that you know he'd like, and burn them onto a CD. Print out custom covers for each CD case and present them to your friends.


Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

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4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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