You've been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a little girl and you're overwhelmed with excitement knowing that your fairy tale affair will soon come to life. You've got bridal showers to attend and gifts to open; there are tea parties planned just to celebrate you; let's face it - as the bride-to-be, you're getting tons of attention! But what about your future groom?
Groom's Day Out
Dealing with a bride while she's in the midst of planning her wedding is a job all in itself! Your fiancé may have been speechless when you asked for his input on colors; he may have been a bit late with his share of the guest list; his best idea for the reception may have involved mud wrestling - but your future husband has listened to your rants about bridesmaids and mothers, he's tasted dozens of wedding cakes, and he's loyally agreed that your decoration ideas are brilliant. He deserves some attention too!
We've all heard the horror stories of bachelor party mishaps and grooms standing at the altar still in a drunken stupor from their wild celebrations the night before. A lot of brides would be quite happy if the words ‘bachelor party' were never heard again, especially before their own weddings. Instead of traditional bachelor parties, many grooms-to-be are opting for a calm and relaxing Groom's Day Out to celebrate with their friends.
Things to Do
Groom's Day Out usually centers on a favorite hobby. It's not uncommon for the event to take place in conjunction with the bachelorette festivities, allowing everyone to come together for a bigger celebration at the end of the day. Some Groom's Days are afternoon events, while others last the entire day - weekend celebrations are gaining popularity too.
Here are a few ideas to pass along to the best man:
- Make arrangements with a local resort or park for an afternoon of canoeing, fishing, swimming, or jet skiing.
- Schedule an evening river cruise that includes dinner and entertainment. Some have onboard casinos while others feature music or theatrical presentations.
- Plan a white-water rafting adventure for the day or the weekend.
- Get the groomsmen together for a day at the spa. Many offer packages specifically designed for a Groom's Day Out.
Some grooms keep things simple with an informal round of golf at a nice club. Others may gather at the local bowling alley or meeting hall. Booking a weekend in a nearby hunting lodge is popular as well. Whatever the guys plan for your groom, encourage him to have a good time and enjoy his day out.