GROOM'S CHECKLIST: GETTING READY FOR THE BIG DAY
As most people will tell you, the happiest day of your life will also probably be the most stressful one. So the last thing you'll want to be doing when it's crunch time is trying to remember what you've already forgotten - hopefully our groom's checklist should help alleviate some of the worry on your big day.
Ensure your suit is in pristine condition, we mean it - no stains, creases, wrinkles or damage. In the days leading up to the big day, keep it in a safe and clean place with all the little add ons ready to go with it - shoes, socks, tie, cufflinks, flower pin for your lapel, vest, studs and cummerbund.
Everybody knows stress causes breakouts, in addition to taking measures to relax, ensure that you're keeping your face clean to prevent any potential acne from surfacing - all eyes and lenses will be on you during the big day, so you'll want your skin in its best condition.
The Big Day
Lean on your groomsmen and family to help you, introduce all your vendors to someone that you trust and provide all the necessary phone numbers. Your wing man can then follow up with arrangements throughout the day and the vendors can contact him for clarification. This way, all you'll have to worry about are the vows - don't forget those either.
It's vital to obtain receipts from anyone that you pay on your wedding day, it's easy for people to forget and lose things amidst all the confusion and doing this will give you peace of mind.
Bring gifts that you plan to give during the reception ahead of time.
Pack Your Bags
We suggest having two bags packed a couple of days in advance. One of the two being the emergency carry bag in case something comes up during your wedding day - the last thing you'll want to worry about is your groomsmen running to the store to pick something up five minutes before the ceremony begins.
We recommend packing: aspirin, a first aid kit, stain remover, an umbrella, tissues, a stash of water, sewing kit, hemming tape, back up cash for impromptu tipping, make-up touch up products (your wife to be will thank you for that later), an energy bar for refuelling and a detailed list of all the vendors and their contact numbers, among other things.
Provided you're leaving for your honeymoon shortly after your wedding, we advise you have your honeymoon bags packed complete with all your clothes, shoes, necessities, passports, itineraries and documents.