Today I am back with another wedding blog! If you missed last week’s post, I shared all the details of the girls getting ready – including outfit details, flat lays, and more. Today we are doing the same for the guys.
I hope you enjoy!
While we probably had enough room for the guys to also get ready in the villa, Grant opted to find them a location in a different area of the hotel. With the help of our in-house coordinator, Bronte, Grant was offered what is called The Florida Room. This space is essentially a small meeting/business room off of the lobby. It has a sage green theme and is very nice – I ended up getting changed into my party dress in the same room later that evening. The space worked out beautifully for them, and the guys had easy access to the lobby to get some photographs there as well.
When it came to deciding on what the guys were going to wear, Grant and I were on the same page: we wanted navy blue. And since our wedding was a destination wedding and we had a groomsman out of state, we simply rented their ensembles from Men’s Warehouse. Men’s Warehouse only had two “navy” options for rentals – one was a tuxedo and one was a suit. Grant made the decision to go with the suit after seeing the two – and I am so glad he did because the tux was borderline black.
We got the typical package that came with the shirt, shoes, tie, pocket square, and cuff links. I will say, if you are planning to do champagne/platinum as your accent color – plan to get your bowtie and pocket square elsewhere. They literally didn’t have any champagne bow tie options; the other options were too gold or too pink. And there was only one pocket square option, which had 4 colors and you folded to your liking. Definitely wasn’t ideal, but we made it work.
After analyzing bow tie options, we knew we’d have to do something else. We looked on Amazon, which had some great options for a great deal, so I’d recommend looking there. But one day I was casually at TJMaxx and spotted one of the bridesmaids’ dresses on the rack. When we had bought them a year prior I had considered buying another to make bow ties out of, but for some reason decided not to. I had never been so happy to see that dress! I bought it and my sister cut the fabric and made the bow ties. I think they turned out great, plus they made a great keepsake for the guys.
Grant loves wearing fun socks, so we knew basic socks were not going to be an option for the guys. We searched the internet for hours looking for exactly what Grant wanted: pink socks with palm trees on them. Finally, we found them on a site called Ties.com (they have so many fun tie and sock options, I highly recommend), and while they weren’t the cheapest, it was a gift for the guys so we got them anyway. Plus, at the time they were the only ones we could find at the time that would work. But of course, J.Crew Factory has just released a pair that are nearly identical.
I also got Grant a gift to open on the day of the wedding: a Family Bible. I got it engraved with our names and our wedding date as well. Rumor is, he cried when he opened it. I was struggling with what to get him since he isn’t into cologne, watches, or alcohol – none of the “typical” stuff was going to work and I wanted to get him something. But I am glad I found that Bible, as it will be a great family heirloom.
Grant had talked about wanting to do something that somewhat made him “stick out” from the rest of the guys since they were are wearing the same outfit. Our florist suggested doing a different boutonnière from the rest of the guys, such as a pink mini orchid while the other guys would have a white rose. He loved the idea, so we went with it and it turned out great. I think this was a great contrast, considering I had the same orchids and peonies added to my bouquet, while the girls did not. Everything still looked cohesive while being individual and special.
I think that is just about all I have for the guys’ getting ready portion of this series! Theirs is not nearly as in-depth as the ladies – haha. However, I still figured I’d make a separate post to help you out if you’re looking for some ideas 😉 If you have any questions or thoughts on what you want to see next, feel free to comment below or get in contact with me on Instagram or via email!
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P.S. All photos are by the fabulous Shea Christine – she did such an amazing job and was such a pleasure to work with!