Category Archives: groom

Wedding Inspiration – For an Element of Nature

Element of NatureSee the full collection here.

For indoor and outdoor weddings, there are so many ways you can incorporate nature into your big day.

In fact, it can be the underlying theme, and you will not run out of beautiful options.

Here are some favorites of mine to inspire you:

 Natural Wood Wine Glass Charms

BoutonniereWild Berry and Feather Boutonniere

Flowe rGirl CrownFlower Girl Crown

Flower CrownBridal Crown

Moss BasketMoss Flower Girl Basket

place cardsPlace Cards

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By Keri O’Hara from Delaney Jewelry Designs

Groomsmen Gifts That He Will Want



This selection of must have/I want now groomsmen gifts is from Jennifer of Nostalgic Links

>Alternative Groom’s Shoe Inspiration


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>When Your Man Goes Looking for a Wedding Band


Black Gold Plated Band – $59

A friend whose wedding is fast approaching recently talked to me about her beau’s concerns about choosing a wedding band. Interestingly, one of them was something along the lines of this:

“I’ve never even worn a ring before, and I love you, Baby, but what if I lose the darn thing?!”

I’m a woman, and I’ve worn plenty of rings, but I don’t think you necessarily have to be a jewelery novice or man to relate to this guy’s concern. I’m pretty sure underscoring it somewhere is the fear, “IF I lose it, PLEASE don’t kill me!!”

One solution this happy couple found: 

Pick out something cool and masculine and meaningfully ‘him’ at a pricepoint that won’t make either of you freak out if someday (no matter how much he loves you) he accidentally loses it down the garage sink, on a wilderness trek, or in a poker game (just kidding!!!).
Then if you want to, you can even buy two 😉

Turkish Lira Coin Ring – $25

Brushed Titanium Wedding Band – $65
My personal favorite is the coin ring. Check out The Coinsmith to customize your own ring from a coin that holds nostalgic meaning for you and your husband-to-be!
Custom Sterling Silver Ring – $53

>Confessions of a Seam Ripper



Consider this a very brief primer on upcycling /recycling dispelling a common misconception..

Recycled items should cost less.

This is probably one of the most common. You can go the DIY route then and yes it will be smaller cash outlay.Upcycling ,however, is a labor intensive process and as we’ve all heard ‘time is money’.

If you are working with textiles the amount of ‘woman hours’ that go into finding what you need is staggering .I go to my local thrift stores sometimes several times a week because good stuff gets purchased right away.(okay I like going too!) Usually I have a mental list of what I am looking for but keeping an open mind if I see something worthwhile. For me this tends to be any silk garment with an interesting color and sometimes pattern, though I usually go for the solids. For someone else it might be lace, or broken jewelry but you get the idea.


Once purchased and after cleaning you sit down with the most important tools in your arsenal-the very high tech seam ripper. And a good pair of scissors. If you have ever had to take out stitching then you know how tedious it can be. It is a time suck to be sure but there is no way around it. Again-time is money.

It is easier to buy yard goods and cut your pieces from a nice flat consistent width fabric but they just don’t make fabrics like they used to or if they do they are prohibitively expensive, possibly milled in sweatshop conditions and spewing chemicals in to our environment.(Moment of gently preaching here)

So you see how much time and care goes in to preparation for an upcycled garment. I haven’t even gotten into the design process and the making process so you see that this is a large amount of labor. A labor of love.


>What the heck is a "Groom’s Cake"?

>A “Groom’s Cake” is, traditionally, a gift from the bride to the groom. It’s basically the bride handing over the reins and letting the groom go wild – with one item. Sounds a little sad doesn’t it?

Well the cool thing about the “Groom’s Cake” is that even though the tradition is a tad hokey, the creative outlet is great. There are so many awesomely creative groom’s cakes and cake accessories out there, that the sky is the limit!

I think there is also room here to play with the tradition think of the offbeat/gay/vegan/nerdy/goth possibilities!

Are you planning on having a groom’s cake?

>Who’s the Boss?

>Wow. Maybe I live a little too close to Jersey, but these cufflinks just rocked my world a little today.

Original cufflinks from Nostaliclinks

After all, doesn’t the groom deserve at least that little space at the end of his shirt sleeves to stake his claim, after all that girlie (let’s be honest, ladies, I don’t care how fresh and offbeat you are…) so-often-bride-centered ‘he-just-wants-to-get-on-with-the-party’ wedding planning…

Nostalgic Links has captured in these little man-ccessories an amazing humor that my ramblings can’t even begin to do justice. So go ahead and hop on over to her shop and see all she has ‘in store.’

>Being an offbeat lovin’ Groom

>What does being an offbeat lovin’ groom mean? What are your options? What is your part in the grand theme of your wedding day? What does offbeat mean anyway?

At home you may call yourself a gamer, history buff, science nerd, whatever. In the wedding world, we call that offbeat. And we celebrate it!

A few of the ways that YOU can celebrate your offbeat-ness on the big day are boutonnieres, the grooms cake, your vows, your outfit and even your ring.

So take a moment to think about how you would like to express your quirky inner self and run it by your offbeat lovin’ fiance!

I’m sure your other half will appreciate the help with ideas and inspiration!

Oh and leave us a comment to tell us about your inspiration!

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