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Every week, we give our readers a glimpse inside the mindset of a guy's brain on weddings with the help of the hilarious and smart editors at The Plunge. For their latest installment, they're sharing all the ways you can impress male guests at your wedding.
We men may not care all that much about floral arrangements, color schemes, or the way the cake decorations subtly reflect the ruching of the bride's dress — alright, let's just say it, we don't care at all — but there are plenty of things we do notice and stash away in the "that would be really cool for my wedding" file. If you want to make a lasting impression on your male guests, start taking notes.
Open the Bar
Not unique by any stretch by oh so vital. Most wedding guests will want to tie one on, but men are especially drawn to the bar. We all have our favorites and we want the top shelf to be open. Why else did we get all dressed up?
Feed the Beast
Another obvious one and maybe not unique to impressing guys, but men will remember your wedding if the food is plentiful and delicious. Most of them are there solely to enjoy your cocktail hour, so include as many unique, crowd-pleasing selections as your caterer offers and your budget allows. Pro tip: sliders and cocktail weenies — keep 'em coming.
Cater to Tastes
A specialty whiskey bar or craft beer station offering the groom's favorite libation (or even just the availability of these options) is a great way to share a bit of his personality with guests. It's also guaranteed to score the bride some cool points with all the men in attendance. Bonus points if she partakes with the groom's fraternity bros. Just save the streaking for another occasion.
Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em
It's hard not to feel badass when smoking a cigar. Some places will actually trot out the live cigar roller, which is definitely cool, but even a few boxes and cutters nicely displayed will draw a crowd of classy gentlemen over for a celebratory puff.
A specialty cocktail is nice, but a personalized dessert is far more likely to be remembered by your male guests. One, because the only thing guys love to do more than drink is eat, and two, because with all the attention paid to the bride, a groom's cake is the one time the guy can say, "This one's all mine." Plus, so many wedding cakes are so similar, that when a bride takes the time to design a perfectly fitting groom's cake — and the baker nails that scale model of Fenway Park with the two of you in your season seats wearing rally caps — it's guaranteed to stand out and be remembered. Special dessert options like a sundae or candy bar, or the tried and true Viennese table, are also definite guy pleasers. Seriously, don't underestimate our sweet tooth.
Leave Them Wanting More
Actually, screw that, leave them taking more. What the hell happens to all that delicious food after the cocktail hour ends, anyway? Have your caterer pack up the leftovers in to-go boxes and hand them out to guests taking the late-night bus to the after party. Congratulations, you are now a legend.
Even if they don't seem super involved in the wedding-planning process, grooms are going through the same life-changing experience as their brides-to-be. Enter: The Plunge. The site helps the engaged guy navigate his wedding from a man's point of view.