Groom stylist Fontaine Concierge’s insightful article on ideas to create an amazing groom’s experience was featured in the Winter 2021 issue of MunaLuchi Bride Magazine! View the digital magazine format here.
To date, most of the pomp and circumstance related to weddings has been reserved for the bride and shared with the company of her gleeful bridesmaids. Every related event from the proposal, to the dress fitting, bridal shower, bachelorette festivities, and of course the walk down the aisle is all about the bride to be-and it should be.
This is a moment that a lot of women have dreamed about their entire lives and now that it is here everyone knows what to do. Along with fantasizing about this moment and planning it with their best friends, they have also had the help of movies to lay out the roles and ways that their friends are to support. As for the groom’s side…there hasn’t been as much guidance. Now we know we are to get a nice ring and curate a memorable proposal, then watch our bride-to-be come down the aisle in all her glorious splendor, but what really happens in between all that is a mystery to most.
The grooms are not to blame here. See in those movies, catering to the bridesmaids’ side of the story no one is sharing what type of experience the guys are truly having. Many times we see a hyper-masculated adventure bachelor party story where the groom barely makes it to the ceremony. Either way, those narratives are not helping any grooms in real life. So, if you are considering proposing or recently engaged, here are some unique ways to elevate your groom’s party experience.
This is a unique opportunity to gather the homies, create some memories and ask them to support you as groomsmen on your wedding day with a token of appreciation. Now we have all seen the dope groomsmen gift ideas, but this concept is to focus on curating a moment. It could be anything from a whiskey tasting, to bowling night, to just going to shoot some pool and have cigars. The event is unique to your friend group, and the bonds created will be too.
Use Your Hands
Take the crew out and learn to make something. Between craft spirits, cigar rolling, metal working, and cooking classes there are a plethora of things you can do with your chosen groom’s party. Depending on what you choose you may even end up with a token to savor the moment. Just make sure yours is not the one everyone decides to poke fun at.
No matter how the groom’s party is procuring their attire a custom shirt is a great gift and additional opportunities for the guys to get together and enjoy one another’s company. The party can meet and all be fitted together while having some drinks and personalizing their monogram design details. One step further would be to hire a videographer to document the event then merge footage of the groomsmen being fit for their custom shirts with them putting on the completed garments.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so use them to help tell the story of how this crew became the groom’s party. When you make your groomsmen proposal be sure to include asking for any photos of you together. At minimum request at least 5 photos per groomsman. Share those photos with your videographer and ask for a short montage video. It may seem a little corney at first, but trust me you will appreciate your crew even more after sharing your wedding with them and having that video reminder of why they were the guys .
Hiring a groomsmen concierge is how a groom can elevate his groom’s party experience from the planning phase through the ceremony. A groomsmen concierge is a wedding professional dedicated to supporting the needs of the grooms party in support of the entire wedding scope. A groomsmen concierge allows for the groomsmen to enjoy their roles as guests. This individual will assist with coordinating the groom’s party as a liaison between the venue and planner along with providing day-of coordination duties such as room staging, cigar and spirit selection, styling, tying bow ties, and pinning boutonnieres.
Cameron Fontaine started his own menswear styling bespoke clothing practice in 2015 and merged it with the groomsmen wedding services to form Fontaine Concierge. Fontaine Concierge now offers groomsmen services along with premium custom suiting, shirting and accessories. We partner with celebrated master tailors and premiere fabric mills to produce garments for our clients, while curating lifestyle experiences that compliment their envisioned design.
- Website: www.fontaineconcierge.com
- IG Handle: @fontaineconcierge