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The wedding day is one of the most memorable occasions in anyone’s life. We pour our hearts into it, we want everyone to be amazed and we focus on the smallest of details to ensure everything is perfect. Yet as important as an event it is in each of our lives, wedding days come and go, and they do so fairly quickly. Flowers dispose, the music ends, but one thing lives on to bring those amazing memories back to life, the pictures.
We at Groovy Groomsmen Gifts want to celebrate the pictures that bring those spectacular memories to life. We want to highlight the bonds between grooms and their best bros; the laughs they share, the jokes they exchange and the fun they have before the groom walks down the aisle.
Here, we bring you some of our favorite shots captured by vendors who are ever present during the wedding day, our best buddy of vendors, the photographer.
The groomsmen showing some love a little more than the groom could take! Credits to Sam Hurd Photography for this cute shot.
Boys will always be boys! The groom takes one more crazy drink with the boys before tying the knot as shown in this image by Wasio Photography.
This fun shot by Henry Chen of Aevitas Weddings shows the more humorous portrait of the groom, Brady, with his guys touching his head. Aevitas Weddings is a wedding photography studio based in Southern CA with a decade and 400+ weddings of experience.
Taking a breather. The male entourage remains dapper with classic cigars as captured by Rob Spring Photography.
The dashing male entourage checks themselves out in these candid shots by onelove photography. Dressing up couldn't be any more fun!
Superstar for a day! The groomsmen couldn't hide their excitement and take a snap of the handsome groom in this mirror photography by Jeff Hatcher Photography.
Who says only girls can do a duckface selfie? Angelina Varro Photography captures the groomsmen cheekily taking a groufie.
It's been a long day but the night has just begun for the groom and his men! This image by Tracy Autem shows us the right way to celebrate your buddy's big day.
The groom and his men look extra masculine in their charro suits. The locale was well suited in this vivid photo by Matt Montalvo.
The boys, both small and big, show a lot of teamwork and a bit of brawns in this feel-good shot by Cassie Claire. From suit to sunglasses to hairstyle, this group is all about collaboration.
This photo, captured by Emma Cleary Photo and Video, a boutique wedding photography studio based in NYC, shows the groom and his groomsmen looking dashing in the middle of the Big Apple.
Jumping for joy! Hendrick Moy, an award-winning wedding photographer based in NY and NJ, captures the groom and his men not being shy about their excitement.
Erica Camille Productions creates a good balance of serious and wacky with a dramatic black and white photo capturing animated expressions of the male entourage.
No one does jump shots better than a bunch of comical groomsmen! This shot by Fatchett showcases well-balanced scenery of nature and skyscrapers.
Showing off the fun and quirky socks they were sporting, the groom and his groomsmen looked entertained by what could be an inside joke incorporated in their outfits. Pat Furey Blog was there to capture the moment.
The groom with his male entourage takes a quick groufie with Nicholas Purcell Studio being there to capture it.
Cheers to mixed emotions! Kaysha Weiner captures the groom party having some quick drink in their matching flasks.
The groomsmen assist the groom in this candid photo by Parker J Photo. Whatever they were whispering sure made the groom take a deep breath on his big day.
The groom and his groomsmen in neat suits, pastel ties, and cool specs. Markow Photography chose the perfect scenery for this delightful shot.
All hail the king! This wacky photo, taken by Matthew Delamater of Emily Delamater Photography, captures the male entourage's playful side against the stunning nature backdrop.
Jenna Bechtholt is celebrated for capturing intimate wedding shots while highlighting the event detail and styling.
The adorable ring bearers join the groom and groomsmen in this light-hearted shot by Sean Lara. The matching Chuck Taylors and the Batman capes are enough to tell us how fun this bunch is.
The groom and his crew were all smiles while marching together in this image by The Youngrens. Assuring looks from your buddies will surely make any groom feel more relaxed on his wedding day.
Lin and Jirsa excellently maneuvers a theatrical twist to your wedding photos. You'd be convinced these groomsmen are actually aiming to fly with the aid of an umbrella!
A mesmerizing shot by Tim Halberg which captures the groom party in their traditional formal kilt attire. The filtered sky adds another layer of emotion in this powerful photo.
In good hands! The groomsmen lift the groom to show full support when he says 'I do' in this tongue-in-cheek photo by Trecreative.
Nothing but support! The groom is surrounded by his smiling men in this shot by Andrena Photo.
The groom and his party in a romantic woodland wedding. This shot outside a rustic cottage was taken by Gina and Ryan.
Right behind you! The groomsmen follow the groom in this relaxed capture by Clique Photography.
Ever so candid, this image by Viera Photographics shows the unguarded moments of the groom party before the ceremony. What could have cracked these boys up?
Looks a lot of fun being around this group! The groom shares a jump shot with the groomsmen in time for photographer Rob Greer to snap it.
Now this looks like a real celebration! Wedding Documentary documents how the groom and his men look enthusiastic, in their bright traditional outfits, for his special day.
Genuine smile from the groom as he is being surrounded by his crew in this captivating image from Next Exit Photography.
Taking time to smell the flowers, the male entourage does their own version of this famous life advice as captured by True Photography. Of course, a few stretches here and there always calms the nerve!
In dark spectacles and with a flashy car behind them, the groom and his entourage are nothing short of suave. This stylish shot is by Embrace Life Photography.
Keeping his cool, the groom enjoys a game of billiards with his groomsmen in-between preparation as seen in this shot by Judy and Gavin.
The groom and his groomsmen display their colorful bright socks in the middle of a scenic garden in this lively shot by Cameron Ingalls.
Not all heroes wear capes... others wear suits. The groom and his men whimsically show off their superhero shirts in this photo by Bauman Photographers.
Either these guys are pensively looking into the horizon or amused with the thought of their friend getting married! Either way, this vibrant shot by Bergreen Photography allows a showcase of the refreshing landscape.
This black and white shot by Bruce Berg shows the groom and his groomsmen carrying personalized baseball bats.
Fresh and easy on the eyes, this picture by Jenny DeMarco channels the camaraderie of the groom's team.
This raw and authentic image shows the groom goofing around with his groomsmen. Credits to Joseph West Photography for this well-balanced shot of serious and comedic.
Look at that satisfied smirk on the groom's face! His groomsmen all look happy for him too in this captured moment by Cory Ryan.
Line and light. This striking image by Edmonson Weddings shows the groom and his male entourage in their impressive outfits.
Cheers! Between getting ready, the male entourage finds time to toast for one man's special day, in this well-captured photo by Day 7 Photography.
Did somebody say open bar? Jonathan Ivy Photo captures the groomsmen chilling out with some drinks because that's undeniably one of the best things about weddings.
The male entourage sports traditional kilt attires, loud and proud, in this dramatic dusk shot by Caroline Studios.
The boys strip off their alter egos and display their superhero versions in this photo by Monica Salazar. What a way to add a little fun to your average wedding attires!
Even in their grey formal suit, these men can show their hilarious side in this shot by Alex M Photography.
Taking a leap of faith? It's much easier when you do it with your best buddies as evident in this witty photo by Paisley Layne Photography.
K and S Photography nails the reflection photography technique in this creative shot. This one shows the groom and his groomsmen looking calm in their coordinated ensemble.
Road trip to love! Catherine Guidry documents the groom and his groomsmen thrilled and smiling inside a stylish, vintage coach.
The image, featuring the groom and groomsmen in famous British bicycles, was taken in March last year near The Guildhall in London by Alison Jenkins Photography. In this beautiful wedding, the couple were married in the church at the Guild Hall and then had the reception in the crypt of the Guild Hall.
Brightly printed socks make a smart contrast to the groom and groomsmen's poker faces. This fun outdoor shot is from Manny Avila Photography.
Looking sharp on your wedding day is so much easier when you have your groomsmen assisting you, whether heartily or humorously. Credits to Affinity Photography and Lydia Brewer for this sly capture.
This is a classic shot of the groom with his groomsmen smiling approvingly in the background captured by George Street Photo and Video.
Photographer Ryan Brenizer plays with lighting in this shot, which highlights the groom's facial expression. He is looking determined and excited to conquer the day with his smirking groomsmen surrounding him.
The men enjoy some downtime together in this shot by Thompson Photography Group. The shiny pairs of shoes and well-tailored trousers pretty much tell us how good looking these ones are.
With drinks in hand, the groomsmen share a laugh, most likely about an embarrassing story of the groom, in this candid and raw shot by Sarah Tew Photography.
In this shot by Bruce Plotkin, the male entourage arrives in style, looking slick in their identical suits.
This line-up sure knows how to have fun! Therese Photo documents the fun-loving side of the groom and his groomsmen in the breathtaking outdoors.
Jeremy Chou captures the groom and his crew looking dazzling and eager for the day.
From cool to practical, cheap to unique, the range of groomsmen gift ideas is vast. Without some direction to online shopping, especially in a space guys don’t play in much, it can get confusing easily. We’re here to help with a catalog of cool and unique groomsmen gifts based on what’s important to you.
We at Groovy Groomsmen Gifts realize that no two groomsmen gift shoppers are alike. Depending on who you are, who your men are and what your budget looks like, the gift buying approach can vary considerably. Let us help you position properly by giving you the best assortment of cool, unique and affordable groomsmen gift ideas, by genre’.
Wedding planning can be a blur. Guys simply aren’t naturally adept to shredding through it all, so ensuring you have some confident fun during groomsmen gifting is important to your sanity and to punctuate your wedding as a positive experience. Rehearsal dinner and the gift ceremony is meant to be an enjoyable bonding moment between you and those closest to you.
Honoring your wedding party properly with the right gift can be a challenge. Men just don’t shop for other men often, especially with so much riding on it. You want it to be personal, but in the budget. You want it unique enough, but not so much that it ends up in a box somewhere collecting dust. At Groovy, we put a lot of emphasis on getting to know our customers and finding the gifts that make them feel confident.
To help you nail rehearsal dinner, we’ve canvased the market, searched high and low, to ensure you can pinpoint the right gift for your men. Whether you’re looking for unique, cheap or practical, here is our list of the top personalized and coolest gifts by category.
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This tongue twister cannot be overstated – personalized presents present perfect presents. Engraving or monogramming a groomsmen gift is an instant stroke of gift genius that will always bring originality. There are so many ways to go; you can go nickname, initials, dates, favorite quotes or just their place in the wedding party. When it comes to the best groomsmen gift ideas, it’s almost a no brainer to go the personalization route if there is any guessing going on. These are the kind of gifts that speak to you putting thought and effort into how you honor your best men.
Moscow Mule Mugs: The Mules are in boys, and there is something us men love about copper. These steins are 100 percent pure copper and can be engraved with a special saying or monogram. If you’re looking for a visual, the shop will work with you to custom image your copper delights.
Alchemade - Engraved Copper Mule Mug, $39
Personalized Razor: Sometimes the best personalization happen when it’s on something a guy uses every single day. If you’re looking for personalization in its most practical form, then throw it on a razor for a solid gift.
Wild West Jewelry - $69.99 30-06 Nickel Commemorative Police Officers Bullet Engraved Personalized Razor
BBQ All Tool Set: Turn your man into a grilling ninja with a comprehensive set that will get him to the patio regularly. No burger will be flipped in error, no steak unloved.
Texas Irons - $59.95 for a five piece set of high quality BBQ ware
Suit Accessory Set: For your groomsmen that like to jazz up their ensemble with subtle touches of classic personalization and style, then grace them with a trio that will put just the right touch of personalization on their up and down.
To the 9's Tri Pack - $39.99 for a tie bar, cuff links and money clip all engraved, and in a box
Decanter: The centerpiece of any man cave tends to be an iconic decanter. If you want to store the Rye right, it takes the right container. For those guys that like their spirits in classic form, a great glass decanter makes a great gift. This classic look with monogram will grace any bar with style.
Etsy - $45.99 classic rectangular decanter
Wallet: Every guy seems to need an upgrade on his beef eater of a wallet. Guys love to hang on to their old pieces, help him evolve with an efficient and stylish upgrade.
Swanky Badger - $34.99 for amazing leather and personlization
When riding the highway of unique groomsmen gifts, the traffic can sometimes be bumper to bumper. There are a lot of cars out on that road, but most of them ending up looking a lot alike. To find that auto with a steering wheel that feels perfect in the hands of your man, yet not having to spend on a custom made Porsche, can be tough. If you’re looking for a list of groomsmen gifts that really hit the mark on being creative and unique, then this list below will help. You pals won’t be disappointed.
Craft Beer Club: Set your guy up on the open road to becoming a craft brew aficionado by evolving his pallet on a monthly basis. The beer landscape has become crazy confusing with all the wide varieties out there. Get your guy adjusted to the evolution of beer with a new monthly taste.
Craft Beer Club - 12 beers in a year, $42 dollars and free shipping. That’s less than 4 bucks an amazing beer.
The Memories of an Experience: Wise men will often tell you that material items do not lead to happiness, but memories will. Forget the tangible goods, give your groomsmen the kind of gift that will bond for a lifetime. Whether your guys dig a super cool sporting event or sky diving, consider the possibilities of doing something that will heighten his senses and bring the bros together. Check out Groupon or Living Social for really cool package deals.
Super Hero Wearable Sleeping Bags: Every dude loves super heroes, and if your men like the outdoors, give them something that is functional and beyond their wildest dreams. Give your caped crusader the ability get cozy in something colorful and will keep him warm on the camp ground.
Amazon - $59.99 for a bag that will make him want to go horizontal.
Mixalogy Kit: When it comes to pouring the perfect cocktail, it is a tricky science. One part over and your beautiful concoction can turn into swamp water. Give your guy the guidance to live out his dream of being Tom Cruise in Cocktail.
Mixology Monthly - $60 dollars for a box of the perfect cocktail ingredients to your doorstep
Let’s face it, weddings are not cheap. While you may be fortunate enough to have saved properly or have outside support, the price tag can be a tough pill to swallow. Wedding costs continue to rise and the industry has found all sorts of fancy ways to lure you and your future bride to spending more money. While there are ways to get resourceful with Do It Yourself ideas, the reality is that most of us don’t have that kind of time. If you’re looking for some of the best gifts that won’t make the bank account bleed, check out this set of affordable groomsmen gifts.
Fun Socks: Squeeze your mans tootsies into a set of colorful socks that will put a splash on his get up. There are a few places a guy can really go creative without going overboard, but the ankles work well that way. Even better, toss in some personalization. The coolest thing about this groomsmen gift – the fact they can often be worn the day of.
Groovy - $12.99 gets you a pair of colorful snazzy argyles
Alcohol Vape: Who needs the hangover and calories of drinking when you can take it in gas form? If you want to keep your guys feeling lethargic, and trim, maybe you introduce them to a gadget that will minimize their intake, while producing the same buzz.
Amazon - $19.99 gets you the cleanest buzz you’re gonna find
Bottle Breacher’s: Nothing puts more snap in your man’s cap than a .50 caliber bullet opener. If your guys like putting a little punch in opening their suds, then this will be taken advantage often during wedding weekend.
Bottle Breacher - $20 gets you a .50 caliber
Wireless Charging Pad: Let’s face it, our phones are always running out of juice, making us panic. We can’t live without those things. Then we’re running around looking for an outlet. We have relief, cheap.
Amazon - $19.99 get you a wireless Samsung gizmo that will keep your life charged
If you want to make a real splash during rehearsal dinner, then gift your groomsmen with an item that has a little edge, forms to their personal tastes and has a progressive twist. It can be a hobby, an interest or something they’re a fan of. This can often be a tool, sports related or a genius booze based gift.
Whiskey Stones: For that guy that likes his whiskey pure, not watered down, but enjoys the chill, look no further. These little cubes will make his cocktail dance with a confidence that the cool won’t dilute.
Stone Cold Whiskey Stones - $29.99 for a 6 pack of engraved stones
Whether it’s tailgating or camping, giving your guy a way to take a load off in unison with keeping his brews cold, is a cannot miss. Treat your guy to a piece that will stay in his trunk.
Kohls - $44.95 for this do it all seat
Sports Crate: Get all your guys favorite fan memorabilia in a crate. This is a collection that will satisfy his die hard pride for the upcoming season and beyond.
Subscription - $39.99 for the basic package of goods
Instant Ice Coffee Maker: Any early birds in your grew who prefer the caffeine of highs to any others? Give them the opportunity to make their own chilled coffee with a contraption that pulls it all together.
William Sonoma - Zoku for $29.95
Here at Groovy we have come to realize a few things over our 5 years of doing this – guys don’t want to think too hard about groomsmen gift ideas. We’ve had five good years of diagnosing our customers, understanding them, “getting” them. We’ve taken on thousands of chats and phone calls, we’ve dug into the psyches of a man scrambling to find an assortment that will satisfy his Brosephs. We’ve had over 15,000 orders, and while all customers are certainly unique, they all also having some very common over-arching themes. We know their tendencies, their needs, their flaws, their anxieties. Our sample size says so and we’ve paid close attention. Over time, we’ve designed our system to adhere to these common attributes so we can best smother all the fears and give them what they need to make their posse smile on that big day.
In all of this, we’ve learned what men want, the ideas they’re looking for. That can be summed up in one easy phrase – “functionable and relevant, with a twist”. When we first kicked out our ecommerce site, our goal was to spin out some gift ideas that were out of the box, a little wild, a little crazy, totally unique. We looked at the other sites and options and realized they were full of a bunch of stuff that looked like it was made in some factory in China, stock and disingenuous. Our first instinct was to swing to the opposite end of the spectrum. As with all things in life, it’s about balance and finding the perfect middle ground.
With all of our observation, we’ve concluded a few important gifting standards:
Call us the psychologists of groomsmen gift buying. We’ve gotten into your skulls, we’ve listened, we’ve learned, we’ve applied. With the many learned tendencies of men, here after a record breaking 2016, we are posing to you the 7 gift ideas that will make your men the happiest. And with that, make you happy, because there isn’t much more rewarding, other than a happy bride, than seeing the men your closest to beaming on wedding weekend.
With that, here is our 7fecta of what we think captures our loveable tagline, “functional and relevant with a twist”. Our 2017 gifts that can’t go wrong:
There you have it gentleman – years of customers and us diving into their consumer brains has given us the chance to know how the common groom to be thinks. We have tons of data to support it, we understand the position and we want to do what we need to make it easy on you. If you don’t want to think too hard, know your budget, take a close look at this collection of ideas to make a smart choice. You cannot go wrong, your men are going to say thank you with a big ol’ smile here in 2017.
So you're wrestling with the idea of how much you should spend on your groomsmen gifts. We've been through it ourselves and realize a wedding costs a small fortune. By the time you've gotten around to buying groomsmen gifts, nausea typically accompanies the accumulating price tag. With any luck, your fiance has traditional parents that are picking up the tab.
When most grooms ask us how much they should spend on groomsmen gifts, they’re looking for a hard and fast rule of thumb. While there are some standard guidelines, unfortunately, there isn’t a quick and easy answer or magic formula. We can offer you data above, but no two groom scenarios are necessarily identical. Typically, what you spend on your groomsmen is all up to your budget constraints and/or the amount you’ve asked your groomsmen to spend to participate in your big day (we’ll get into the specifics of these in a moment).
Groomsmen Gift Statistics (based on over 8,000 customers last year)
In our not-so-humble opinions, it’s not about the price of the gift as much as coming up with great ideas for your groomsmen gift and how much thought you put into personalizing your groomsmen gifts. The best groomsmen gift you can give your men is a day of good hanging out and honoring them with a unique "thank you".
Don’t get us wrong — that doesn't mean it’s okay to skip on the idea of groomsmen gifts altogether or that it’s excusable to pass out cheap, crappy gifts to your best buddies (especially if they’ve spent a small fortune on tux or suit rentals, your bachelor party, etc.) They’ll notice, and they’ll definitely feel slighted.
On average, most grooms spend anywhere from $30 to $40 per groomsman. In fact, we cranked through the numbers of all the products we sold in the last year, and the average spend on a groomsmen gifts was exactly $35.83. With that being said, we expect that number to be slightly higher per gift because sometimes a groom will only buy part of the groomsmen gift with us. If you are interested in spending about $35 a groomsmen, the Buddy's Buddy and Combat Cooler below are two great options:
Use Your Wedding Budget as a Guideline
If you’re hosting a wedding that’s on the lower end of the spending scale and you haven’t asked your friends to fork over an arm and a leg to stand by your side, then it’s perfectly acceptable to purchase affordable groomsmen gifts that hover around the $25 price point. On the other hand, if you’re going all out and throwing a ritzy wedding bash, it’s more appropriate to hand our more expensive gifts to the groomsmen. The best advice here: use your judgment, purchase each groomsman a gift that’s similar in price (showing favoritism isn’t okay), and choose gifts that you know each guy will appreciate and enjoy.
Spend 10-25% of What Your Groomsmen Spent
Again, this isn't a strict rule, but it is a nice and easy guideline to use when determining what’s an appropriate amount to spend on the groomsmen. Here’s how it works: If your asked your friend to spend a total of $300 on buying stuff for your wedding, you purchase him a gift that’s costs anywhere from 10-25% of what he spent. In this case, a groomsmen gift priced somewhere between $30-$75. The more your groomsmen spends, the more you spend, so it’s a more fair way to give gifts that are proportional to the time and money that they put into your day. But, let’s reiterate this once again — use your best judgment and select gifts that a meaningful and personalized to each groomsman.
The wedding planning hysteria is a blitz of marital details not many men can truly anticipate. Most men often don’t think about what it means until they’re in it. Let’s be real, guys don’t lay in bed as 12-year-old dreaming about what they are going to look like in their rented tux. Almost like a tornado the weather man never saw coming, wedding planning scoops you up, spits you out and leaves you a confused mess barely able to muster a coherent sentence. We like to call it totally matrimonus vertigous. It leaves wallets baron, checking accounts crying, brains straight up pastrami. While the big day itself is eagerly awaited, the legwork that goes into it can often feel like boot camp at Quantico.
There are fascinating differences as to how the male system process this point in time versus how the females does. For the ladies, the intricacies of wedding planning lend well to their strengths. The frills, the details, picking colors, shopping, yes, SHOPPING. For the men, who’s attention spans are often not much more than the standard Chihuahua and generally more fiscally aware, it batters at their core, beats at their billfold and makes their gray matter swell. Yes, they acquire full blown matrimonus vertigous. It requires a special kind of Zen to make it through unscathed, one not ordinary Sherpa can channel.
Yes, the wedding planning experiences are vastly different for men and women. One truly comfortable, the other like a fish out of water, then thrown into an oven while still alive. With that, we have discovered some specific areas of the process that really tickle the genders in all the right and wrong places.
Pinterest – Oooolala, how the ladies love them some Pinterest. It’s polarization perfection as what is sugar to a lady, is brussel sprouts to a man. To some respects, it’s almost as if this is a Social Medium designed by Athena herself, oozing of lady luxury online. It’s frilly pictures, it’s recipe sharing, it’s likeness to a wonderful online scrap book. To men, it’s like garlic to a vampire, it confuses them, it makes them crave a football game, it makes them want a cat nap. Pinterest is that wedding place where ladies can Pin their dreams together, giggling amongst themselves as they make their wedding vision happen pin by pin. For men, they click around a few times, lost and confused, their minds thwarted into a catatonic state. Yes, Pinterest is the worldwide webs symbol of how the differences in wedding planning are so fast between the genders.For one it is perfectly customized to how their brain cells operate, for the other, it maliciously pokes at each brain cell, pin by pin.
Ability to Tolerate the Mom’s - Ah, the Mother In Law, often the perfect accomplice to your morphing bridezilla. Yes, her intent is entirely genuine. She wants to see her little girl have that dream wedding they talked about while walking through the aisle picking up pop tarts. In this case, the wedding dream becomes as much a part of hers as the future bride. She wants the best for her little girl, but unfortunately that can become something that men fear more than war. The Mom in Law and Son in Law relationship is an interesting dynamic. She is often the gatekeeper to her princess’ happiness, the key to the gate during wedding planning often rusty and bent. This is a time to navigate wisely, pull the right levers, prove your worthiness. One misstep or errant button pushed and you just might see a Soviet missile launched.
Choosing the Wedding Party Such a delicate process as it often requires thinking through your entire life span, ensuring you consider all those important to you along the way. That said, there are always some politics one has to weed through to maintain proper balance in the selection process. The end goal is a balanced party, females and males offsetting, and this is often where the trickery lies. New friends, old friends, cousins, sister in laws, the daughter of the boss you are trying to schmooze for a promotion who has no friends. Yes, there are many variables to consider. The ladies tend to be thoughtful, applying comprehensive recognition to all considerations within their social circumference. The man, they often focus on who they’ve been drunk with the most. Often, this leads to conversation around how much one end despises the others sibling, pairing that person off with a degenerate on the other side of the party. Yet when it’s all said and done, it’s all about the darn pictures, they must look amazing.
Selecting the Appetizers This decision-making process can easily be called Empress versus the Cave Man. For the ladies, they want those Hors Devours that feel like bow ties and stars, making sure they also fall into the edible spectrum for their great grandmother’s gastro issues. For the man, he just wants meat. Give him bacon, give him scallops, give him protein and fat. Allow this moment to satisfy
his and his posse’s primal urges in the grandest of fashion. It’s an opportunity for he and his Vikings to drink and slather morsels of fatty flesh on a stage they’ll see seldom going forward, before it’s back to bad wings at Applebee’s. Ideally, the perfect appetizer balance comes together where you avoid great grandma’s diarrhea to flare up, while your meatheads are also satisfied.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Between feather boas and phallic drinking bottles, lap dances and jaegar bombs, there is not an event within the wedding planning phase that strikes further separation in style. Both represent the last crazy day of singledom, a celebration of craziness to signal farewell to Tinder. The repercussions of a female event usually just a hangover, the repercussions of a man is anywhere between getting a prostitute pregnant to losing a tooth. It’s an event that often leads to the end of the wedding planning phase and a strong possibility of firing that Tinder account back up.
There you have it, our view of how one of the most stressful phases in a human’s social lifespan feels to both the man and woman. While it’s clear that the woman is built for success in this tender moment of time, let’s not discredit the man.He who isn’t necessarily the best at planning, details and restraint, but who’s laissez-faire attitude helps keep focus on what actually matters, which is each other.
In a sea of static groomsmen gifts, it requires something special to stand out. On that night when you have the unique experience to honor your men, you want to get it right. We’ve recognized an awesome gift that checks off every box of manly gift magic, and it’s the group caricature. The caricature is personal, its unifying, it’s creative, it’s going to pull that streak of brotherhood out in your men, something all of us love to feel. A good caricature artist and a phenomenal theme is something that will sit as a staple in any man cave. A great group caricature is a story to be a told, a center piece to your next house party.
The theme is key, finding that story that pulls all your guys together, turns your group into a team and builds a weekend wolf pack that all your guys will remember. Sometimes it’s easy, your guys come from a core that brought you together in the first place. In other instances, it may take a bit more creativity. Below is a current list of themes that we’ve found really hit the mark in pumping up your guys.
Game of Thrones
It’s a show that’s full of rich characters and is just flat out AWESOME. It’s captivated men everywhere and every guy is excited to sit on the Iron Throne, hang with a fire breather or put his arm around Tyrion. Bring your guys together to slay Westeros as a unit and squeeze them into the gear of the character that they symbolize best.
Whether it started as a kid with underoos or grabbed your buddy through comic books, every guy loves him some super heroes. With the movie frenzy that’s been ripping through Hollywood, they’re as hot as ever. The assortment is so deep, you can have a ton of fun mixing and matching your groomsmen against their best fit – making a conversation that will run through the night.
Maybe the most connecting of all the themes, especially if your groomsmen is passionate about one team or one sport.Throw some jerseys or helmets on with an awesome stadium in the background and you've got yourself man-cave gold.
A past time that most men seem to revel in, it’s that sacred sport that gives us guy time away from it all, in natures landscape. Throw your men in some great golf gear, put them in their truest form as a slicer, hacker or out of control golf cart. Whatever the set up, golf is a theme that brings groomsmen together.
If your groomsmen have a movie that they feel like they once lived, or just love to quote, throwing this unique theme together may be a great idea for your posse. Whether it’s an Old School feel or a Goodfellas vibe, pulling it all into a favorite movie is sure to draw a great laugh and a great wall hanging.
Put your guys at a poker table or ripping at the slot machines fully adorned in their stylish Vegas garb and you have caricature magic. Whether it’s in the casinos, at the pool or in the club, if Vegas is the thing your groomsmen love to do, it makes for a rock star, creative theme.
For those that do it, it’s a passion like none other. And man does it have detail specific to the sport. With rifles and camouflage, in a tree stand or with a duck call, hunting is a bonding of brethren like none other. In the same family is fishing, but anything that passionately gets men up in the wee hours to get together is a theme worth exploring.
New on the scene but drawing a ton of passion, UFC is a cool theme that can really rock the group caricature. Throw all your groomsmen in a cage bloodied together, passed out or in a headlock and you have a theme that is going to be great conversation for a long time.
Whether you are on a budget, looking to tack on an extra or just want to do something fun to put a little splash in your groomsmen party’s otherwise standard garb, groomsmen socks have become a massive hit of late. There are few places from head to toe where one can pop a little self-expression while maintaining some element of class outside of the ankles. Let’s face it, for the sake of pictures and satisfying those sweet grandmas in the audience, you have to keep the presentation tight and inside the lines. But those ankles, those precious ankles, they allow you to let loose and put some personalization on your party.
The sock spectrum has widened, it has ranged from superheroes best representing your groomsmen, to a rainbow arsenal of argyles. The options are endless, but you can generally fit them into some general buckets of awesomeness. With the cost minimal when you compare it against all the other wedding nonsensical price tags, it’s often a no brainer not to kick a pair over to your grooviest groomsmen.
If your legion of groomsmen are military or former teammates, nothing says comradery like dressing them up in something cool that brings them all together. When the ankles are connected by cool consistency, your posse comes together as one troop. Ladies love a men in uniform, so your groomsmen will bring those warm and fuzzies to the crowd that screams togetherness.
Marvel has really kicked their superhero series into overdrive over the last few years and that has translated to a variety of fun ways adorn. From T-shirts to cuff links, the superhero fad is at its peak, and guys love superheroes. Just like the underoos of yesteryear, we all seem to have a favorite and that one that represents us best. Your group will get a kick out of finding out which villain beater they get matched up with.
If the suits are neutral, sometimes it’s just a little color that pops some fun on at ankle height. Bring some starburst to those monkey suits by brightening their tootsies up like peacocks and giving each groomsman a personal way to differentiate. They’ll appreciate the thought and enjoy some vibrancy.
Sometimes no order whatsoever is needed. Groomsman socks are a subtle way to self-express. With so many varieties out there today, you can find anything from skulls and crossbones to sharks. Make it random, find some fun and toss your groomsmen some random socks.
When the frenetic fanaticism of your home town team is a glue that bonds your groomsmen, look no further than the team socks. Pop that Yankees insignia on those socks, or any team your groomsmen lust after and talk about and you’ll have a proud posse’ that will be kicking heels together on the dance floor.
These might take a little more work, but they can often lead to a lot of fun. Whether it’s who they are to you in the wedding party or a fun little way of way of describing your groomsmen, customizing the socks can be a way to add humor or sentimentalism.
The best part about these tootsie toasters is that they’ll be sitting in that sock draw for years to come and if done well, used with a smile. Gifting your groomsmen with socks, we said it once, we’ll say it again, a no brainer groomsmen gift that every guy will love.