Because it’s not just about the bride…
Sometimes grooms can get lost in proceedings when it comes to wedding planning. But if you’re getting hitched abroad, it’s all hands on deck, so the men-folk need to do a little more than turn up on time. Wedding Ideas Magazine’s Deputy Editor, Jade Pearson, reveals her all-important checklist for grooms marrying overseas…
If you’re getting married in warm temperatures, it only makes sense that your groom should choose a lightweight linen suit. Make sure you consider the colour of the suit, however – too dark and it will attract the sun, but too light and you may reveal some unsightly sweat patches. To keep cool, perhaps you could ditch the traditional tie or cravat and go for an open shirt?
Accessories aren’t just for the bride. Keep your groom protected from the sun with a cool trilby hat, go for a chic look with sunglasses and keep feet cool with flip flops or espadrilles. Umbrellas also make for fun photos, while shading you at the same time.
When planning a wedding abroad you need to do your research. The groom could be in charge of researching weather in the chosen destination, discovering the rainy seasons and warmer months so you can make an informed decision before booking. The bride tends to take interest in the details and fashion, so the groom could be in charge of budgeting responsibilities, or booking the entertainment. Perhaps he could book a steel band for a Caribbean wedding? Or a string quartet for an Italian affair?
4) Keeping cool
Some grooms may fear the heat, especially when wearing a suit, but there are lots of ways to combat this. Make sure that there is plenty of water available for everyone, avoid drinking alcohol until after the ceremony, make sure you are all equipped with sun tan lotion, and have mini fans to hand to keep cool.
Traditionally the groom likes to arrive in style, and just because you’re celebrating overseas, this shouldn’t be any different! He can really make an entrance using local ideas. Maybe arrive on the back of an elephant? Or how about a tuk tuk? Or a gondola could be a great idea?
What’s on your groom’s checklist?