The men in the bride.ca office have been conspiring! They seem to think that bridal fashion, décor and makeup will somehow fail to engage your fiancé (no pun intended!). They're dreaming and scheming of a groom.ca - Guyville! They do have a point though... there is hardly anything available online for the groom - in Canada, anyway..
Well, here is some of what they've been sourcing out, to help Canadian grooms get enthused about this whole "wedding business"..
Step #1 in the testosterone conspiracy has been to get as much "wedding guy-stuff" as possible available online. See, buying stuff is easy (and fun?) and a good place to start - and there are some definite wedding items that the groom needs to select himself. Namely: the traditional gifts for the groomsmen and the best man. And (it probably wouldn't hurt!) something for the father-of-the-bride as well. But the options are rather limited (basically "non existent") for Canadians.
Some gift ideas for your groomsmen..
So the guys got a hold of the best web-store of its kind (California-based groomstand.ca) and talked them into creating a Canadian version of their website - basically it will only show items actually available for shipment to Canada and it will also default to Canadian shipping rates. They registered the .ca web domain for this, so make sure you go to GroomStand.CA (not .com), in order to see the right items and the correct shipping rates.
.. the best man ..
Ther best part of Groomstand (other than their long and varied product list) is that they offer free personalisation - so you can engrave/etch/print whatever you need on the gifts (names, dates, your favourite hockey team!) for no added cost. Too, if you 're buying multiple items, their website makes it very easy to specify a different name (or whatever) for each item - they do not all have to be the same..
.. or the father of the bride (or groom!) ..
© Tobyn Ross Photography, Vancouver
These should get you in the mood and get you thinking of some possibilities..
Hockey stuff! In this case, personalised locker-room photos, adding your best man's name on the jersey of his favourite team? (all NHL teams available, no room here for more photos, sorry if we skipped yours!) Different versions and styles, framed, printed on canvas &tc.
Beer/bar/pub stuff! Get your wedding specifics and each groomsman/usher's name on each one and you're done. What's more, you can use them together in the future - the gift that keeps on giving :-)
Gear.. whether you camp-out a lot or not, these are always handy and will be around fore a very long time..
You Tell Us! We want to make a "sequel" to this guide, this one dedicated to "fashion". You know, tuxedos and formalwear. But we feel that is a story on its own.. (plus, we 'll need a professional to write it - or the advice will be coming by a bunch of computer guys in an internet office, lol..)
By general agreement, we will actually skip discussing bachelor parties for now. Too much pressure from "above"..
But, if there is anything else you would like us to research, or any specific stress-factors you 'd like us to have some expert explain with an article, please let us know!