Tag Archives: groomsmen

March 12

Eye Candy: A Passion for Purple

We’re passionate about a particular shade of purple this week. This isn’t a soft lavender or violet – think deep purples, like amethyst, eggplant, and amaranth. Incorporating this color into your wedding theme can lead to striking wedding invitations and bold bouquets. Go beyond the traditional rose bouquet and seek out vibrant variations of lillies, tulips, and orchids. Here are five of our favorite purple finds spotted this week:

deep-purple-rustic_table_setting

deep-purple-wedding-shoes

wine cork heart DIY

Modern-purple-wedding-groomsmen-socks

deep purple bridal bouquet

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September 25

Eye Candy: Circus-Inspired Style for the Boys

If you’re looking for a way to get the groomsmen involved in your vintage circus theme, the easiest place to start is attire. During the Golden Age of the circus, roustabouts were the heart and soul behind the scenes, making certain everything ran smoothly—much like the role of the guys standing up for you and yours! Here’s a cute way to carry your theme through their getup: suspenders and paper boy hats. True to the times, and so very dapper.

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September 12

DIY: Wildflower Boutonniere

Fall is peeking around the corner and if you’re wrapping up the details for your autumn affair, this DIY is sure to delight. Dried florals are a picture-perfect boutonniere option for this time of year. Save time (and pre-wedding stress) by creating these simple yet stylish accessories in advance.

 

Supplies

  • Dried florals or silk/synthetic flowers that match your theme or colors
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon or raffia
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins

Step 1: Arrange

Arrange your florals in a way so that all the stems are gathered at the bottom. Adjust each piece to your liking. When you have everything the way you want it, wrap the stems with floral tape—and add a dollop of hot glue to make sure everything stays in place.

Step 2: Wrap and Secure

Next, cover the floral tape with ribbon, raffia or any other embellishments you want. You’ll want to add another dollop of glue here, to secure the end of the ribbon.

Step 3: Pin and Cherish

Lastly, you’ll want to glue a pin to the base of the stems so it’s wear-ready on the big day!

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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August 5

Shoe Up: Tips from a Groomsman

We’ve decided it’s time to show a little love for the guys. Each month, we’ll share tips and stories from real-life groomsmen about what it’s like to be part of a friend’s wedding. So listen up groomsmen-to-be, this is for you!

There was a very brief period in time when wearing sneakers with a suit was moderately cool (thank you very much, mid-1980s). The resurgence of the Converse Chuck Taylor certainly didn’t help, and while I have no factual evidence of how Chucks infiltrated wedding culture, I’m guessing it went something like this—someone, somewhere couldn’t stand wearing his bland dress shoes, so in a last-ditch effort to add a flare of “punk” to his wedding, this particular groom decided to outfit himself and his groomsmen with Chucks.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Chucks. In fact, I wear them almost every day of my life (with jeans) and I’m willing to put up with their complete lack of comfort and arch support to suit my style. And when I started seeing them pop up in wedding photos several years ago, I was actually on board with the idea. One of my closest friends even gifted us a pair to wear on his wedding day.

But much like the most recent season of How I Met Your Mother, Chucks at weddings have jumped the shark. It’s been done [and overdone]. What goes up, must come down. Are you getting these terrible idioms? Unless you’re Kanye West or Justin Timberlake, it’s time to ditch the Chucks (Sorry, Ben Stein).

My wedding’s coming up in October, and even I will admit the thought of going anti-dress shoe had crossed my mind. But here’s the main problem. Most guys spend a decent amount of money on a nice wedding suit. Mine cost more than I’ve ever spent on two combined pieces of clothing…by far.

So why muck up a killer suit with a $35 pair of sneakers? A proper suit requires proper footwear. And the best part? A pair of slick dress shoes can last the rest of your life with proper care.

Understandably, really great shoes like a pair of John Varvatos leather loafers can be pricey. But you can find great deals. My advice—hit up your local Nordstrom and find a couple pairs in your size that you really like. Then hunt for deals online and in out-of-season designer stores like Nordstrom Rack. With a little work, a $350 pair can be found for almost 1/3 of the price.

So if you’re going to suit up like Barney Stinson, make sure you shoe up! In the end, you’ll be happy you did.

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July 7

The Bow Tie: Tips from a Groomsman

We’ve decided it’s time to show a little love for the guys. Each month, we’ll share tips and stories from real-life groomsmen about what it’s like to be part of a friend’s wedding. So listen up groomsmen-to-be, this is for you!

During the Prussian Wars of the 17th century, Croat soldiers used bow ties to keep their shirts from coming undone. Today, the simple strip of silk is a staple amongst formal wear and distinguished casual attire.

Now, I understand the choice of groomsman attire may not be up to you (or even the groom!) but there are few, if any, benefits to choosing the bow tie’s longer, more vertically-inclined cousin. The bow tie is formal, it exudes confidence and it rests at the top of the haberdashery food chain. The fact that a bow tie is significantly harder (but not prohibitively) to tie than your standard neck tie separates the men from the boys—the leaders from the followers. After all, this is your buddy’s wedding day and people will be looking at the pictures for generations—you want to look your absolute best.

When wearing a bow tie anywhere outside a wedding, I would advocate loud and bright colors. You already made a strong presence by wearing a bow tie, so finish what you set out to do and really knock it out of the sartorial park. However, come wedding day, you are not the center of attention. A chic and subtle white, ivory, or black (monochromatic paisley optional) number is a perfect choice.

As I mentioned earlier, bow ties are not the easiest, and require a good deal of muscle memory to master. Spend some time in advance of the big day practicing—there are plenty of videos and info-graphics available but nothing beats a little hands-on trial and error. Master this trade and you’ll never be out of demand. As a recent best man, I found myself tying everyone’s bow tie shortly before the ceremony—including the groom and his soon-to-be father-in-law.

And as always, gentlemen, don’t forget your pocket squares!

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