Groom To-Dos: The Wedding Checklist
Left: Gucci; Right: Riyaz Ganji
Sometimes, grooms can be a little wary of involving themselves in the planning process for fear that they might be of little help. However, this convenient checklist will help you prioritise your tasks, so that you can plan ahead for your D-day.
Clothes, accessories and appearance are a big part of your wedding day. Considering what you wear will be etched in your memories and your photo album, it should be something classic and elegant. "A classic look for any groom, for his reception, is the tuxedo," shares designer Riyaz Ganji. A classic, slimfit tuxedo, in any variation is perfect for the occasion. "Although, there is an emerging trend of using colour, as a designer, I recommend pairing the ensemble with a crisp white or black shirt and a bowtie," he says.
In terms of Indian wear, the sherwani is always a winner for a groom. "Previously worn by the royals of Jaipur and other princely states, the maharaja sherwani is fitted with an open collar," explains Riyaz. "Every small detail adds a little something to your ensemble.
Men should remember to match their shoes to their attire, whether they are formal shoes or mojris for an Indian ensemble. Also, minor details like the watch and pocket square make a huge difference to the entire look," elaborates Riyaz. Ultimately, a groom must remember to choose an outfit that complements not only his bride, but family as well, so that the pictures of this occasion look as lovely as possible.
- Start off by putting together your wedding guest-list. This is a huge undertaking and while your bride takes care of her list, it's essential you discuss it with your family and compile your own, so that you know how many guests need to be accommodated.
- While most grooms leave decisions like the venue selection, design and décor to the bride, so that she can put together the wedding of her dreams, it's always nice to have the groom's input too. Every bride appreciates it!
- As a groom, you can get involved in shortlisting and finalizing entertainment, musicians, DJ and other options.
- The groom should also plan his ensembles as early as possible to have everything in place well in time. However, he may need to wait till the bride makes her selections to ensure that their outfits complement each other.
- One area that wedding planners think every groom should handle is the planning of the honeymoon. Your bride is busy planning her dream wedding, why not plan something special and surprise her with a destination?
- In case transportation is needed for out of-town guests, the groom can supervise that aspect. If you have a wedding planner, you can discuss it with the planner or else assign the task to some of your friends.
- As the day approaches, don't forget your grooming routine - schedule appointments for essential treatments like a facial, haircut and pedicure as required.
- Expert inputs by Candice Pereira, Creative Head and Co-Founder at Marry Me Wedding Planners and Riyaz Ganji, fashion designer