How To Get Your ‘Husband-to-Be’ Excited About Wedding Planning!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! I’m so excited for the weekend- so much work to do and so many dreams to make a reality. I hope everyone had a lovely, productive week!

I recently traveled to Arizona where I saw first-hand the beauty of the terrain. To be so dry, so rocky, and so parched, the views were breathtaking. The stylized shoot we did there? Even more breathtaking! The Bridal Theory agreed and chose to showcase the work we did...so exciting! You can check it out here!

As I was looking back reminiscing on the soft taupe tones found in the dress and the landscape, my thoughts started going to the groom. His blue suit and brown dress shoes perfectly accent everything about this session.

My creative wheels started turning as I looked at these photographs...what can we do to get our men more involved in planning the wedding?

Sit back, take a sip of coffee (or champs!), and learn how we can all work to get grooms more pumped about being a part of this process!

How To Get Your Husband-to-Be Excited About Wedding Planning!

Though we are living in the 21st century and a lot has changed about the wedding industry and planning, there’s one thing I can say for certain: most brides (and their mothers...love you ladies!) are still at the forefront of wedding planning.

I’ve met grooms in consultations who are very vocal about their wants and desires, others who yield to their partner to make the decisions, and then there are those whom I didn’t meet until the actual day of the wedding!

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Here’s the thing we need to remember, and I think we often forget! It’s his day too! And it is my job to make sure the ceremony and reception are pleasing to everyone involved- regardless of gender!

Here’s a few ways I believe us ladies can work to make grooms around the world feel like they are more involved in the planning process. After all, they should be! It’s not just a girl’s thing, guys...it’s a life thing!


Involve him from the beginning.

Once the planning starts, make the groom feel like his opinions are important. Bring him to that first consultation with your wedding planner. Take him to every stop along the way- the wine and food tastings, the meeting with your officiant, and so on! Ask him what he wants, and work to find a way to make this coincide with your vision. Let him know it is NOT taboo for a groom to be a part of all of these special moments!

Register...TOGETHER!

I believe this is super important and almost serves as a nice little exercise on working together. Though your future husband may say he doesn’t care what set of kitchen glasses or towels you receive, chances are deep down he has an opinion (we know they always do!). By registering together, you get to make decisions about items you will share together in the years to come!

Ask Him to Work on Projects!

With many weddings, there are always things that need to be built! Whether its a platform for the ceremony to take place on, a wooden centerpiece for a table, or even painting a “here comes your bride” sign, this could motivate him to contribute to the process!

Additionally, task your groom with booking bands or DJ’s...I recommend double checking behind him… :).


Give Him a Space at the Wedding that is His!

Grooms like to have their space- even at the reception! Perhaps your guy would enjoy setting up a cigar bar to enjoy with his buddies. Or, a whiskey bar to take the edge off after the ceremony!

Write Your Own Vows!

The practice of writing your own vows is being utilized by couples more and more! It allows for an intimate, personal display of affection. It takes us away from the traditional “I ___ take you ___!” (nothing wrong with traditional, by the way!) to what can be an emotionally charged moment of a ceremony. By writing your own vows, the groom will have to search deep to find the right words to contribute to the ceremony!



Wheww! I know that’s a lot...and might sound challenging. However, I believe having both the bride and groom involved in the planning process can lead to a more cohesive wedding day that pleases both parties!

I hope to meet you...and your husband-to-be very, very soon!


Cheers!

-Whitney

Styling+Planning - Whitney, Whitewood Events

Photography - Ashley Rae Photography

Videography - Love Story Films

Gown - Carol Hannah

Florals - The Wildflower AZ

Hair + Makeup - Pearls Make-Up

Suit - The Black Tux

Venue - Saguaro Lake Ranch

Stationary - Sarah Ingram

Stationary Artwork - Britt Vasina

5 welcome bag must-haves

Weddings are all about two people and their families coming together, and it also a chance to see those who maybe you haven't had a chance to visit with in a while. It's always important to make those who have come to celebrate feel welcome and appreciated, through the guest experience for the wedding day but also the entire wedding weekend. Using welcome packages allows the couple to do this in a way that is personal and especially curated for them and their out of town guests. To make it easier, here are a few tips to consider when compiling ideas for your little guest treats!


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1 | Something Sweet

It's a sweet occasion, and almost everyone loves to have a sweet treat. Indulge your guests in a small local sweet treat of your choice. We love Condor Chocolates for our Athens 'shop local' lovers, and they have multiple little gift options!

2 | Something Salty

It's hard for me to choose my favorite salty snack (um, all of them), but we love Home.Made's handmade snacks. You guys, they even have some amazing cheese straws! My husband and I have sharing issues we are still working out when it comes to this little nuggets of goodness.

3 | Something Hydrating

Whether you include a couple of personalized bottles of water, your favorite local brew, or a sweet flavored lemonade, your guests will appreciate having a little something to sip on while in their room or to take home for later.  We personally love all of Belvoir Fruit Farm's unique options for that special occasion.

4 | Something Personal

 

Because your wedding day is such a personal and customized day or weekend, we want any opportunity for your couple personality to come out. Whether you hint at your favorite place to visit, nod to your proposal story, or simply both decide you love Koozies that much, make it 'YOU'!

5 | Say Thanks

Even now, nothing beats a personal 'thank you' card. Include a sweet note thanking your guests for coming to celebrate with you, while also including any details they may need to know such as transportation or other events that weekend they are invited to attend. If you want to encourage them to visit your favorite brunch spot or take stroll around a scenic park close by, let them know!

Like what you see above? Check out more of their work. 

Something Sweet | Condor Chocolates

Something Salty | Home.made From Scratch 

Something Hydrating | Belvoir Fruit Farms

Something Personal | Natty Michelle Paperie

Say Thanks | Natty Michelle Paperie