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5 Tips For Keeping Your Groomsmen Happy

SMP Contributor

On your wedding day, your bridesmaids get a ton of attention. But what about the groomsmen? Here are a few ways to make sure your guy's guys feel the love on the big day as well.

Give them a gift they'll remember.

Have your groom pick out gifts his crew will love and actually use, whether its shot glasses, socks, or something personalized. Brides tend to put a lot of time and effort into their bridesmaids' gifts — make sure the groomsmen gifts aren't waiting until the last minute.

Keep them fed.

Don't forget that it's a long day for everyone involved in the wedding party. While the guys get ready, make sure they're treated right by ordering in breakfast and some special drinks, like craft beers or bloody Mary supplies.

Consider ditching the rented tuxes.

Tuxedos are super pricey and often don't fit well. They can also offer a logistical concern if you have groomsmen who are traveling in from out of town. Think about asking them to wear simple suits instead of getting dressed to the nines. Brides always consult their bridesmaids on bridesmaids dresses, but how often are the groomsmen considered when it comes to what they'll wear?

Make sure they're given a plus one.

You no longer need to give every guest attending your wedding a plus one, and often brides skip the "plus one" idea to lower costs and avoid having awkward strangers they've never met at the most important day of their life. But your groomsmen are the most important people in your groom's life, and they're often making large sacrifices — both in time and money — to be a part of your wedding. They should be invited to bring a guest, even if it's not a long-term relationship.

Give them almost total free reign on the bachelor party.

Of course, as a person in a relationship, you have every right to request certain things be kept off the table. But try not to interfere too much and trust your groomsmen to throw your man a party he'll remember.

Style Me Pretty Contributor -Claire Swinarski is a writer and podcaster based in Wisconsin. When she isn't writing, she can be found obsessing over football, eating a burrito bowl, or hanging out with her husband and son.