Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday post! This is going to be a weekly feature now that the holidays are over – Tim and I “only” have about 78 weeks of wedding planning, so I want to make it count!
I got Tim A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle as a stocking stuffer for Christmas. I had read about it in one of my bridal magazines, but thought of it as a fun stocking stuffer instead of something that would actually be useful. It turns out that it is an amazing guide! Tim has poured over it every evening, which is really saying something because he has already been a best man two times and has been involved in even more weddings.
A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle: A Complete Guide to the Perfect Wedding Day has everything that every man in the wedding party needs to know – in fact, it would make a great groomsmen gift too (to be given when you ask them, not at the rehearsal dinner!). It details the roles for Grooms, of course, but also the Father of the Bride and Groom, the Groomsmen, the Ushers, and even A Gentleman Guest at a Wedding.
The book is broken down into easy-to-digest tidbits, and details what to wear, traditional duties, tips on toasts, who pays for what, and more. One of the tips that we both liked is that the groom traditionally purchases the bride’s bouquet, as well as flowers for the mother of the bride and his own mother – who knew?
It was written in 2011, so it is full of relevant information for the modern groom (as compared to a stodgy, old-fashioned etiquette guide). I have taken peeks here and there – it is very well-written and perfectly gentlemanly, of course. I’m so bummed there’s not a “Lady” version!
A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle is less than $12 on Amazon, and it is a must for any Gentleman who is attending a wedding, especially a groom-to-be!