Turns out, girls aren't the only ones who just wanna have fun! If your groom is getting pretty pouty about all the parties people are throwing for you (hey, we don't blame him!), why not suggest he join in on the wedding festivities by having a "man shower" of his own? Nowadays, more and more dudes are jumping at the chance to celebrate their impending nuptials bro style and get showered with guy-friendly gifts, of course.
Rule number one of throwing a man shower? Never call it that, as a shower implies it's a girly event, warns Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques. For a group of guys who want to celebrate their buddy tying the knot though, a "Build-a-Bar" bash is a genius idea. "You can assign each guest a specific type of liquor to bring, plus suggest they bring additional accouterments. Some may buy glasses or other registry items, but many will get creative and purchase gifts that reflect things they've found useful to have in their own bars for entertaining." To give the event a touch of class and make it feel like a step up from your regular ole boy's night in, Malone recommends hiring a professional bartender and server.
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Around the Clock Party
According to Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events, an "Around The Clock" party is perfect for the business exec or busy groom who's always on the go. Here's how it works: "Each guest is given a designated time of day on their invitation and then they must buy the groom a gift that corresponds with that time, something that he probably wouldn't have time to buy for himself. For example, if you're assigned 7 a.m., you might want to bring a toaster or a Keurig machine, 1 p.m. calls for something like a panini press or 10 p.m. some high-thread count sheets."
Tools fior Marriage Celebration
Let's face it; every groom could use a little advice on how to be a successful husband! With this in mind, think of hosting a "Tools For Marriage" groom shower, suggests Nicole R. Matthews, CSEP, owner of The Henley Co. in San Diego. "Guests are invited to help the groom outfit his garage with the tools every guy needs for life, as well as to offer a piece of advice (tool!) for a happy marriage. The theme could be carried throughout the party with 'screwdriver' or 'rusty nail' drinks and food displayed in toolboxes."
He's Da Man! Shindig
If your groom-to-be is a sports fan or a video game fanatic, Matthews advises having the boys pitch in to rent a suite at the stadium to watch his favorite team or turn your living room into a full-on man cave. "Let the guys indulge on beer, wings and potato chips and encourage guests to come dressed in their favorite sports gear or go as far as setting the dress code to be Man Cave dress; think slippers, flannel pajama bottoms and a completely inappropriate T-shirt their wives never let them wear!"