How One Bride Got Her Guy Excited About Wedding Planning

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Sarah Knight on Getting Groom Involved with Wedding Planning Tasks

Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Knight

Meet our latest real wedding blogger Sarah Knight, personal assistant to Giuliana Rancic at E! Entertainment. Sarah is in the midst of planning her Los Angeles wedding and she's sharing each step of the process. From guest list tips to how she balances her job, wedding planning and long distance relationship, follow Sarah's journey as she navigates the dos and dont's of wedding planning!

As so many of brides-to-be know, it's not hard to get carried away with planning and accidentally leave your groom behind in the dust. I especially have that problem since my fiancé Bryce was away working for the first seven months of our planning. What I recently realized, though, is that he actually wants to be involved in the planning process. Here are a few fun and creative ways to get your guy excited about prepping for your big day:

Food Tasting
This was my fiancé's favorite part of the entire planning process! Tasting samples upon samples of delicious food and wine is every guys dream right?! But, it's so important to make sure they actually have a say in the decisions. If your guy really hates salmon, don't put it on the menu.

This is one of the most important parts of a wedding and it helps set the tone for the event. Ask your guy to make a list of all his favorite songs and make sure you sit down and plan your "special songs" (first dance, mother-son dance) together. Bryce and I had a really fun night of going through the song list from our band and playing them out loud to see how we felt about them.

See More: This Is What Happens When You Let a Guy Plan the Wedding

Plan a Co-Ed Celebration
When my two crazy-fun aunts approached us about hosting a co-ed "Stock the Bar" shower for us, Bryce and I were hesitant at first due to our busy schedules, but it turned out to be the BEST. NIGHT. EVER! We invited our closest family and friends over for cocktails and dinner and asked that they "stock our bar" rather than bring standard shower gifts. It was so much fun because people brought all the ingredients to their favorite cocktails, which will serve as such a great memory of that night every time we make them at home. We even had a special "Stoli" vodka bottle cake (seen above!) made in honor of my fiancé's nickname (short for his last name Stowell).

Give Your Groom a Chance
In truth, some guys may prefer to leave it up to their beautful brides to do the wedding planning. If that's the case, just accept it and take the challenge head on. But, you should still attempt to include him by asking if he wants to come to meetings, tastings or mock-ups with you. When I asked my fiancé if he wanted to attend our big floral design meeting, I thought for sure he would politely pass and send me on my way with my mom — but to my surprise, he came with us! He didn't say all that much in the meeting, but he gave his honest opinions. I was really glad that I asked him if he wanted to come, rather than just assume he didn't and leave him behind.

Remember: Your wedding is about you and your partner — so try to enjoy it together as much as possible!

Read Sarah's previous blog about going wedding cake tasting with Giuliana while her guy is away here!

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