A destination wedding planner’s guide to entertaining the guys while the girls get ready.
Back in the day, Italian weddings and not only began earlier in the day. It was common to have a church ceremony in the morning and a lunch reception to follow at high noon, ending a few hours later. These days, evening ceremonies with receptions lasting into the following morning are the new normal.
This evening timeline gives the groom and groomsmen an opportunity to plan a fun activity before the festivities begin. Unlike the bride who spends majority of the morning with her maidens at brunch, going to hair and make-up appointments, and taking pictures, the guys don’t need as much time to get ready. (And they all say “Amen!”)
Here are some ideas to keep the boys busy before go time. Keep in mind for any summer outdoor activity the groom and groomsmen should all wear hats and lots of sunscreen. A sunburn can put a damper on your plans. Don’t let it ruin a wedding day! Also, a few pre-ceremony beers or cocktails are fine, but do know your limits. There’s nothing more unattractive than an over-served groom or groomsman. Whatever you do before your wedding, make sure it will leave you relaxed, not exhausted. A wedding day is a marathon not a sprint. Make the experience last as long as possible!
It’s a good idea to get your blood flowing and shake off any pre-wedding jitters. Purchase passes for the guys at your local gym or if abroad invite them to a club or spa and enjoy an intense work-out, swim, or sweat session in the steam room and sauna. You’ll feel like a new man and ready to walk down the aisle.
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