- Website Well Groomed takes the stress out of wedding planning as it launches in the UK, offering tips and advice for grooms, alongside stylish wedding gifts
- Donation to be made to men’s health charities for every product sold on the website
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IS your groom a willing wedding planner or does he take a back seat and let you make all the decisions? If it’s the latter, perhaps it’s time you give him a nudge in the right direction, as the days of simply hiring a suit and getting to the church on time are long gone.
More than a third of weddings[i] are now planned jointly by the bride and groom. From creating a gastronomic feast for your guests and booking a rocking band, to perfecting his wedding day look down to the last detail – guys are getting more involved in their big day every year.
In 2017 the average cost of a UK wedding was £27,161[ii] – the highest it’s ever been – and with more couples paying for the big day themselves, rather than relying on mum and dad, is it any wonder men are taking more of an interest in the planning process?
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But it’s not just the cost that has grabbed the guys’ attention. With everything you need for your wedding now readily available online, it’s easy to plan from behind a screen rather than venturing out to bridal stores and wedding fairs, which they may find intimidating.
Social media is also playing a much bigger part in wedding planning and it’s become commonplace for men to find inspiration on apps such as Instagram and Pinterest, spurred on by the efforts of grooms on TV shows such as ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’.
Photographer Rob Coombe recently married in Exeter, Devon, and was keen to put his own stamp on the big day.
“Although I wanted the day to be everything my wife wanted, I still wanted to have an input and put my own stamp on things. I was keen to have an input on the venue, the food, the music and the suits for myself and my groomsmen.
“I was really pleased with my suits, I managed to find exactly what I wanted and put my own mark on the flowers with a golf tee within the button holes. Working together on those decisions meant we achieved the perfect day for both of us.”
But sharing the planning also means sharing the stress. In a recent survey, 23 per cent of men[iii] said they found getting married the most nerve-wracking of major life events – putting their wedding above changing jobs, moving house and even having a baby in the stress stakes – while only 16 per cent of women said the same.
If your groom simply shrugs off every question about your big day, it could be because he’s feeling the stress just as much as you. Point him in the right direction to ensure he has all the help and advice he needs in the run up to your wedding.
Husband and wife team Zoe and Barry Cunningham, from Galway, launched their website Well Groomed in Ireland and the UK earlier this year to ensure men could get more involved in the wedding planning process.
They commented: “We got married in the UK in 2015 and found that there is very little information out there for grooms wanting to help plan their wedding.
“In days gone by it was traditional for the bride’s parents to pay for the wedding, so the men had very little input into ‘The Big Day’. However, nearly half of couples are now choosing to fund the wedding themselves, but men have still been left behind in the planning.
“This is not helped by the fact that most wedding websites are still purely geared towards the bride and her bridal party, with pink accessories, flowers and make-up tips. It got us asking, ‘What about the other half of the equation? What about the lads?’
“We aim to educate men to help them become confident, stylish and well-groomed grooms, proactive in helping to plan the wedding and starting off as they mean to go on by impressing their partner.
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Well Groomed’s popular men’s wedding blog, A Gentleman’s Guide to Weddings, covers every subject imaginable, from choosing the perfect ring and how to pop the question, right through to ensuring you haven’t forgotten any essentials when heading off on honeymoon.
Its online store offers a range of stylish men’s accessories to ensure the groom’s party and look their best on the big day, plus personalised groomsmen gifts, everything from personalised hip flasks to cufflinks and pocket squares. Free shipping is also available on all orders delivered within the UK.
In addition, Well Groomed donates £1 from every product sold to support UK & Irish men’s health charities, covering mental health, suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer.
Well Groomed is offering friends of Lyme Bay Photography 10% off their first order with the discount code ‘10LBP05’. Discount code must be used at checkout and cannot be added or refunded once order has been placed. Offer expires 31st May 2019.
Well Groomed’s Best Buys
Monogrammed Wedding Party Hip Flask – €39.95
This stainless steel 6oz hip flask makes a great gift for your wedding party to say thank you for all their hard work on your special day. It can be personalised with monogrammed initials, their role (i.e. Best Man, Usher, Groomsman, Father of the Groom, etc.) and the date of the wedding.
Classic Groomsman Wooden Gift Box – €39.95
A fantastic and thoughtful way to say thank you to your groomsmen or best man! Fill with gifts, accessories or their favourite things from socks and hip flasks to cigars and chocolates. He’s then able to use it as a keepsake box in the years to come.
Monogrammed Whiskey Decanter – €79.95
This stylish premium decanter is handmade by LSA International, each product is individually mouth-blown and gently rounded at the edges to create its proud square shape then hand-finished by skilled artisans. The decanter holds up to 0.35L of his favourite whiskey. A fantastic thank you gift for whiskey drinkers which can be personalised with his initials.
These beautiful silver-plated cufflinks with diamanté detail are a popular choice for groomsmen, best men and fathers. They can be personalised with up to three initials and come presented in a stylish black presentation box.
Leather wallet with Coin Pocket – €99.00
This beautiful Italian wallet is ideal for the gent who likes to carry coins. A timeless design with two large sections, this wallet will surely become your new favourite. It has been handmade to perfection with attention to detail and the best Italian leather, ensuring this beautiful accessory will last you a lifetime.
About Well Groomed: Well Groomed was founded in January 2018 by husband and wife team Barry and Zoe Cunningham from Galway, Ireland. The site provides advice and guidance to grooms wanting to help plan their wedding. Its online store offers a range of stylish men’s accessories and wedding gifts. Irish site: www.wellgroomed.ie . UK site: www.wellgroomed.co.uk (launching Wednesday, 18th July 2018).