Everyone talks about the bride and her wedding day, but people rarely focus on the groom. They are just as much a part of the wedding as their soon-to-be spouse is. Nowadays, many grooms are focusing more attention on wedding planning. That goes double for same-sex marriages. With that in mind, here are three tips for grooms as they plan their wedding.
Listen to Your Bride/Groom
This wedding isn’t just about you. A wedding takes two people to happen. You have to listen to what your partner wants as well. Not all brides and grooms are micromanagers, but it does happen. A marriage is a partnership. You and your partner are going to have to make changes to your future lifestyle to make things work. Take the time to listen to your partner and what they want. Sure, you might not get everything you wanted, but you and your partner will be able to make sure that you get the best of what you both want. Your partner may even offer some ideas that you hadn’t thought of. Communication will be the best way for your wedding planning to go smoothly.
Set a Budget for the Wedding
The next thing you have to keep in mind is your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your wedding? How much do you have to your name? What about your partner? In truth, most weddings aren’t cheap. The price of a custom suit alone can go from $800 to about $1,800. Plus, there are the bride’s expenses, the staff, food, the location, decorations, etc. When you add all of that up, you will find that you have spent an exorbitant amount of money. If you don’t want to end up going broke for your wedding, you are going to need to set a budget and stay as close to it as you can. You will be happy that you have enough money for your future in the long run.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Not everything can go to plan. Things happen that can ruin everything before you know it. You have to prepare for the unexpected to rear its ugly head. Accidents, changes in plans, and other little things can pop up and ruin things. For example, you might end up paying for something that you hadn’t planned on, such as legal problems. In 2020, 18,412 people were arrested for DUI in the state of Pennsylvania alone. If you and your partner are social drinkers, you need to be especially careful during this time before your wedding to follow the law and not incur any unforeseen legal expenses.
Another thing that you are going to have to look out for is the health of your guests. The third most common illness in the world is migraine. About 39 million people in the United States and one billion people in the world come down with migraine. If you’re planning on having a bachelor party or alcohol at your wedding, consider making a hangover toolkit for your wedding party. This can help minimize the sluggish feeling the next day, and your guests will be sure to thank you.
Wedding planning could have you making changes to your lifestyle to keep up. As a groom, you don’t have to do this alone. You can get help if you need it. Couple that with these tips and that will be one less headache to deal with. When the wedding is all said and done, you and your spouse can now focus on planning the rest of your lives together.