10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom

With all the stress that goes into planning a wedding, it’s sometimes easy to overlook that it’s your groom’s day as much as it is yours.

He’s listened to your ivory vs. cream dilemmas, dried your frustrated tears and built that custom photobooth you drooled over on Pinterest. It’s only right that you make his wedding day just as unforgettable as yours.

Here are 10 great ways to make your groom feel special.


Throw a Man Shower

Photo: Valley and Co.

Plan a weekend getaway for him and his groomsmen. It can range from anything from a golf outing to a poker tournament to a surprise trip to Las Vegas. Or you can just arrange a thank-you party in your home, complete with unlimited ESPN, booze and snacks. It’s a way for your groom to bond with his friends and escape from any pre-wedding stress.


Engrave His Wedding Band

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: engrave his wedding band | Photo: 4Eyes Photography

Photo: 4Eyes Photography

You might not be able to get away with stealing his wedding band, but you can keep the engraving a surprise. Ideas include song lyrics, your wedding date, a special quote or fingerprints.


Customize His Look

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: customize his look | Photo: Sweet Little Photographs

Photo: Sweet Little Photographs

He’s probably not looking forward to wearing a hot pink rose on his chest, so why not switch it up a bit? Incorporate his hobbies or interests into his bouttonneire for a sentimental surprise. This could also work for his shoes, ties, suspenders or socks. (Note: If you’re picky about color schemes, characters or objects can be painted neutral colors.)


Sew A Message

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: sew a message onto his tie | Photo: Janae Shields Photography

Photo: Janae Shields Photography

This bride sewed a tiny message onto her groom’s tie so that he would find it while he was getting dressed. Other brides are sewing secret messages into shirts and tuxes for their grooms.


Assemble a Survival Kit

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: assemble a day-of survival kit

Photo: Alexi 101

The morning of, he might need a little assurance and a lot of love. Put together a survival kit that includes all the essentials, and attach a heartfelt card (or boudouir photos, wink wink). For extra brownie points, gift each groomsmen a survival kit containing liquor, an engraved flask, cigars, etc.


 

Give Him a Sign

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: give him a sign | Photo: Ian Grant Photography

Photo: Ian Grant Photography

Give a him a good laugh while his nerves are building with a cute ring bearer sign. If you don’t want him to take it too literally, “Here Comes Your Girl” and “It’s Really Happening” are other popular ideas.


Send Express Mail

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: send the flower girl down the aisle with a secret message for him | Photo: Sweet Iced Tea Soiree

Photo: Sweet Iced Tea Soiree

For a surprise right before you walk down the aisle, give your flower girl a secret note to give to your groom.


Sweeten Your Cake

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: hide something meaningful to him at the bottom of your wedding cake

Photo: Vows and Cake

Of course, you can always surprise your groom with a custom groom’s cake. If having a completely second cake isn’t your thing (or maybe you don’t pull off surprises very well), hide something meaningful at the bottom of your wedding cake.


Be A Good Sport

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: bring in his alma mater's mascot | Photo: Focused on Forever Studio

Photo: Focused on Forever Studio

This Miami bride surprised her groom with a guest appearance from their alma mater’s mascot. Talk about a party animal.


Cook Up A Storm

10 Ways to Surprise Your Groom: as the party starts to wind down, surprise everyone with his favorite midnight snack | Photo: Colin Miller

Photo: Colin Miller

We all know that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. As the party starts to wind down, surprise everyone with his favorite midnight snack.


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