Aside from wearing a nice suit, turning up and saying “I do”, there are a few other important tasks every groom must do on his wedding day.
Talk to anyone who has travelled from afar
Weddings can be a big investment for many, as a present and a nice outfit to wear can be costly. This is even more true for those who have flown or travelled far to celebrate with you. While they are happy to be there and want to be part of it, making an effort to say thank you in person will go a long way.
Don’t forget the ones you don’t know so well from the bride’s side of the family. They have come to see and meet you, and will love the chance to talk to you, even if only briefly.
Thank your bride’s parents
You will be caught up in the excitement of it all, but don’t forget that a wedding day is also a very big occasion for the mother and father of the bride as well. They are ‘giving away’ their little girl, and any gracious words of thanks (or perhaps even a gift) for raising such a wonderful woman will truly help to calm their nerves and remind them of what a great guy you are.
Make a toast
Shy grooms may struggle with this one, but have a good speech prepared (you can ask your groomsmen for help) and you can’t go wrong. Just remember that everyone is there to support you, and the speech doesn’t need to be long.
Be sure to thank all who attended, include a humorous story, and make it obvious that you’re the luckiest man in the world to be standing there with your bride.
Keep up your water intake
It may sound simple or obvious, but you’ll need to make a real effort to stay hydrated throughout the day. You’ll have photos to pose for, people to talk to, a meal to eat, a party to attend, numerous glasses of champagne to drink, and vows to do in the middle there as well.
Without plenty of water, you’ll quickly run out of energy, feel the effects of the champagne, and get quite dehydrated. Assign your best man to the task of putting a glass of water in your hands every couple of hours and you’ll be set.
Tell your bride you love her. Repeatedly.
In all the craziness of getting ready and getting married, many couples get so caught up in the activities that they lose sight of the whole purpose of the day – marrying the one you love.
Find any excuse you can to whisper it into her ear or remind everyone in the room. It’s one of the few times no one will mind if you show a little PDA, and it will ensure your bride isn’t too busy ticking off her list of people she needs to thank to forget about the man she loves.