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Welcome Brides and Grooms-to-be!

  |  By Tara Soloway
Welcome Brides and Grooms-to-be!

I must start by saying how excited I am to be launching this blog! There are so many questions about destination weddings, and I am always happy to talk about anything DW related. As a former destination bride, and co-owner of LUXE Destination Weddings, I’ve been living and breathing everything “destination wedding” for the past five years. Without sounding too cliché, I’ve honestly seen and heard it all before—no question or subject is too strange considering the uniqueness of all wedding couples. Needless to say, my brain is full of ideas, which I look forward to sharing with you. Each week, I will pick a topic related to destination weddings.


Welcome Brides and Grooms-to-be!

So let’s start off with a personal favourite subject…the destination groom! Yes, that’s right, numero dos, or the other part of the wedding equation. Without grooms, weddings just wouldn’t be the same—well, technically speaking, they wouldn’t happen! And you may have noticed that I always address both bride and groom when talking about weddings because in this world, the lackadaisical, apathetic groom is a myth of the past...or maybe just a product of old-school, traditional hometown weddings. The days of your hubby-to-be cringing at the thought of attending wedding appointments are over. Destination grooms are a new breed of involved, smart and trend-setting gentlemen, who are genuinely interested in the details and take a leading role in planning many of the destination events.

Unlike his aloof hometown body double, the destination groom wants to make sure his guests are well looked after, considering the distance they are travelling to attend the wedding. Generally speaking, the destination groom plans golf or deep-sea fishing excursions for the boys; a night out partying as a last hurrah before the wedding; he organizes cigars and scotch for the wedding (maybe even bringing in a cigar roller); and he wants to make sure that the menu for your reception is worthy.

Since a destination wedding is more than just the “day of” event, the groom will often step it up and take part in the planning. He might even be interested in things like the ceremony location (it's important to know if he’s going to be barefoot or in flip-flops), and he’s definitely interested in the location. As travel is a major component of the DW, grooms are the 50% decision makers, as it affects their family and friends, too.

So ladies, sit down with your men and plan the events together. Don’t assume he’s not interested. I recommend putting together a checklist and then splitting up the planning tasks.

Here’s to the destination groom—my new knight in shining armour.

I welcome your suggestions and feedback.


This article was originally published on Jan 29, 2009

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