What a guy wants in wedding planning
Traditionally speaking, wedding planning has been the bride's domain, either with help from a professional or family and friends. But today, many couples view their wedding day as an opportunity to showcase each other — individually and as a partnership. That means the groom get more input when it comes to decision making.
Some newly married couples are skipping the tradition of embossed, heavy linen card stock and sending less expensive invitations — or even e-vites.Others are skipping tuxedos in favor of similarly colored suits or themed outfits for the groomsmen. They're putting the savings toward an open bar, entertainment at the reception or the honeymoon.
Grooms are more likely to leave the ceremony planning to the bride and take on the reception, which generally takes up to 75 percent of the wedding budget. Wedding planners say the groom's influence is helping begin a shift from the classic dinner-dance to themes and features like:
- Casinos where guests fete the couple then turn to a night of roulette, craps and poker.
- Karaoke where guests can croon.
- Signature cocktail fountains rather than champagne in addition to an open or cash bar.
- Big screen televisions to broadcast a big game that might have otherwise competed with the big day.
- Photo booth or video stations where guests can offer their congratulations and record their presence.
- Buffets featuring the couple's favorite foods rather than sit-down chicken or steak affair.
- Cupcake towers instead of tiered wedding cakes.
- Get married in the morning, on a Friday or Sunday or during the winter. These are non-peak times for events, so you’ll likely find better prices on everything from catering to location rental fees.
- Plan your wedding close to a major holiday and take advantage of churches and reception halls that are already decorated.
Weddings can — and should be — fun, but the planning of the big event is considered a high-pressure event for anyone involved. If the idea of handling every aspect of a wedding planning project is too much, hire a professional to take on that stress so you can enjoy both the lead-up and the big day itself. Sources like Angie’s List make finding a reliable wedding planner easy — something you or your partner could take care of.