Sometimes boys get the shaft when it comes to weddings. While modern wedding culture has created more opportunities for gentlemen to enjoy wedding planning, in my relationship I was the (mostly) happy captain of our wedding ship.
The men in my life are important though and as a lucky sister to two brothers, the daughter of a pretty great dad, a friend to some wonderful men, and a (now) wife to an incredible guy, I knew that celebrating the boys was going to be a crucial part of our wedding.
For my cousins and older brother, who were our ceremony Ushers, we kept things simple – booze! I just felt that they would appreciate the liquor more than an empty flask with their initials on it. We picked something special that we knew they’d enjoy.
Our groomsmen were a unique collective. All funny, fun-loving, all around good guys, we wanted to give them practical and cool presents. In addition to the grey Michael Kors tuxedos (rented from Freeman Formal), we decided on:
- a Superhero t-shirt (hero chosen by each man)
- Ralph Lauren Polo Sneakers, in blue and grey to match the girls and the tuxedos (the boys wore these for the reception and were very happy; apparently tuxedo shoes are not comfortable. I bought a pair for the groom too!)
- Colourful socks, conveniently made by a company called Richer Poorer and sold at Elevator in Parkdale (Toronto, ON)
- an authentic Cuban cigar
The other important boy in my life, my Dad, happily received a cedar cigar humidor that I purchased on Amazon, as well as another sentimental gift.
Growing up, my Dad always had a “hanky.” Maybe it was the way that he was raised (those nuns in the West Indies would not tolerate a sleeve wipe of your nose) or maybe it was just my Dad’s swag – either way, every time he was sick or suffering from his ragweed allergies, he always had a hanky in his pocket. Having seen them on Pinterest, I found beautiful embroidered handkerchiefs on Etsy and knew that my Dad needed one (for sentimental reasons, not for his nose).
The morning after the wedding, my dad told me that he was going to mention the hanky in his speech, but when it came time he knew that he wasn’t going to be able to get the words out without having to use the hanky. I think this gift was a success.
So let’s hear it for the boys – what did you do to honour the special men in your wedding?