Let’s face it, the brides usually take full reigns on the wedding planning process and we understand why. It is the day she has been dreaming of her entire life and she wants to make sure it is PERFECT but is it her job alone? While the bride does most of the planning and details, there is a BIG way the groom can help - don’t worry guys, it’s not too complicated. AND if you want to really impress your bride, tell her how you got your Tux for FREE! Xedo.com offers the groom’s tux free with 5 paid groomsmen!
Here’s a secret, grooms: you can be a wedding planning hero and take some serious stress off of your bride and we make it easy for you to do it! Help the groomsmen, ring bearers, father’s, grandfather’s, etc. look smashing on the big day and we guarantee your bride will thank you.
Here are the steps to doing so...
Sit down with your bride and go through our Designer Tuxedo Collections to pick the designer, style and colors you want for your wedding party. You can use our Tux Builder to create the perfect look for your wedding. You can edit accessory colors, change accessory styles and even add shoes to really paint the full picture.
Registering is easy as 1, 2, 3! To begin we just need your name, email address and a secured password and you’re ready to start building your wedding party. Registering allows you to save your favorite looks to your “favorites” basket so you can always go back in at a later date and remember which were your favorite!
After you’ve taken the time to build your tux and have found your perfect look, order your free home try on
Once you have decided how many tuxes are needed, you will need to collect all email addresses for each individual and add to the Address Book section of your profile. Note: any minors – aka ring bearers or junior groomsmen, will have to be assigned to another member in the bridal party to manage since children won’t be entering their own measurements and paying for their tuxedo. This responsibility typically goes to the father of the child if he is in the wedding party, or will stay as the groom’s responsibility to manage
What most grooms seem to enjoy most about using our service, is his ability to keep track of his groomsmen with 24/7 access to his account. He will be able to see which groomsmen have entered their measurements/ordered at all times and who has paid for their tuxedo. So instead of the bride having to worry about the groomsmen and chasing them down, the groom has full control over this task!
Easy enough, right? Be prepared for some serious questions as to where and who your tux is from!
We know you look sharp in it, so take lots of pictures! After the big day, package the tux in the original shipping box and slap the prepaid shipping label on top. Xedo automatically schedules a pick up for FedEx to pick up your tuxedo the first business day after the wedding. If you would like to reschedule the pickup time or location, please call FedEx. OR you can drop off at any FedEx location across the US. If they drop off at FedEx, they need to cancel the scheduled pick up with FedEx.
Groom and groomsmen will receive their final tuxedo 2 weeks prior to the big day. If something does not fit them, we will replace any item, FREE OF CHARGE. We do not require that they return the original item before sending out a new one. Our customer care will contact the groomsmen when they receive their tuxedo (we are notified by FedEx), and ask them to try on tux in 24 hours to let us know if they need replacement items. We contact them until we hear from them. This one on one customer care eliminates the last minute scrambles prior to the wedding if something does not fit. Majority of rental cannot be picked up until 2 days prior to the wedding.
Your groomsmen play an important role in your life and your wedding, so gift them well with one of these unique gifts that are sure to be a hit.
Help give your booze-loving bros the ultimate home bar with this starter kit from Flaviar. The kit will take your groomsmen on an elixir journey through five different liquors – Vodka, Gin, Cognac, Rye Whiskey, and Rum, with a booklet full of information that lets them in on the secret to creating the perfect cocktails. They’ll become seasoned barmen in no time.
The tasting box includes a comprehensive guide and five 45-milileter bottles of the following:
To buy: $74.99, Flaviar.com
Your groomsmen have your back, so help keep them prepared and ready for anything with a Swiss Army Knife. Equipped with 12 tools, including a screwdriver, scissors, large blade, corkscrew and bottle opener – he’ll be a modern day MacGyver. The hardwood ergonomic handles make it as easy-to-use as it is stylish. Engrave their name or a personalized message to add that extra touch.
To buy: $70 at Swissknifeshop.com
They help you look good, so return the favor and gift them this luxury shaving gift set. The set includes ShaveMaxx safety razor, bowl, shaving soap, 100% badger brush, razor and brush stand. Your groomsmen will love lathering up with this old-fashioned shaving brush.
To buy: $70 at amazon.
Your groomsmen will get to BBQ in style with this grill tool set and personalized case. The case is crafted from natural bamboo and features a sturdy latch and rugged handle so all grilling gear remains secure. Each set includes a spatula, fork, and tongs. Only thing left to figure out is who throws the first BBQ.
To buy: $50 at themanregistry.com
A flask is just a flask, until you have one that looks really cool. And this round flask with manly designs is just that, plus you can personalize it with up to 15 characters. A funnel and decorative wooden box are also included, making it the ultimate in form meets function when it comes to flasks. Fill it up and share a celebratory toast with your guys before you head down the aisle.
To buy: $30 at groovygromsmengifts.com
Today we are talking all about skincare! Just like any other step in the wedding planning process, preparing your skin for the big day is very important BUT, developing healthy, glowing skin can be just as time consuming as deciding which florists to use, which tux will best compliment the bride’s dress or which table to sit your crazy uncle at the reception.
Planning your wedding involves many steps and overlooking your skin should NOT be one of them. Here are some of our top skincare tips to make sure your skin is glowing on your big day!
Water is the natural source to healthy, glowing, wedding-ready skin. It helps diminish wrinkles by plumping the skin and helps carry the acne causing toxins out. If carrying around tons of water bottles is not your thing, a great food to eat, that offers plenty of water, are watermelons! They are GREAT at hydrating both your body and skin.
At least once a day, take a break from the water and indulge in some green tea. It is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which help brighten skin. Another plus is it can aid in weight loss with proper diet and exercise. Two birds with one stone!
These are the steps to a proper skincare routine. Cleanse your face to remove surface oils, dirt and makeup. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. Tone to fix pH balance in your skin. And lastly, moisturize. Be sure to choose the right moisturizer for your skin. We all have different skin types ie: dry, normal and oily, so choosing the right moisturizer will help avoid pimples.
Develop a smart skincare routine NOW! Washing your face both morning AND evening is important in making sure you are cleaning your pores out properly. Choose a mild cleanser over harsh cleansers as harsh ones actually cause more oil buildup on the skin overtime, which then of course leads to more acne. Also, brides, NEVER go to sleep with your makeup on! Not only do you wake up looking a bit scary, you are clogging your pores, leading to pimple heaven!
Many brides enjoy being tan on their wedding day, and reach for new self tanners or even splurge on spray tans. Be sure to test any new products on your skin months prior to the wedding to see if you develop a reaction. Your skin can take several weeks to get use to a product, so better to be safe than sorry!
Stress is one of the leading acne causing agents and should be cut out immediately. Find ways to de-stress yourself daily, whether it be yoga, cardio, reading, watching movies… whatever it may be, make sure you are keeping your stress levels at bay.
If your wedding budget allows this, getting facials regularly before the big day, really helps in clearing your skin. Facials detoxifies your skin, removes dull skin cells, recirculates proper blood flow as well as helps to remove acne scarring. Microdermabrasion is also a great treatment to do before your wedding day.
Head over to your local drug store and pick up some acne spot treatments. Treatments are intended to be used when you feel a pimple coming on. Follow the instructions on the package to help remove the redness and shrink the pimple before it has a chance to develop into an eyesore on your recently pampered skin.
Circling back to tip #4, do not stress it! Worrying about a possible pimple showing up on your wedding day is not worth stressing over - we’re human! Instead, if a pimple does show up to the party, cover it up with some concealer, put a smile on your face and marry the partner of your dreams!
So you just got engaged… Congratulations! Was the proposal everything you dreamed of? While we suspect you are on cloud nine, we also want to make you aware that your wedding planning should start now. The wedding planning process can take anywhere from nine months to over one year depending on venue availability, how lavish your dream wedding is going to be, and many other factors involved in creating your perfect day.
Planning your wedding is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for creating a dream come true. For many couples, the seemingly daunting tasks can become a bit overwhelming. For brides who don’t have a wedding planner in their budget, fret not, below are 7 tips for planning your wedding more efficiently and effectively to alleviate some of the stress that can happen when planning this very special day.
Now this may seem soon, but planning your wedding immediately after getting engaged is crucial. Wedding planning is time consuming and requires a great deal of research. Brides who spend more time planning over a longer time window, tend to stress less. Everything about your wedding is in the details: the linen, the stitching of the linen, the stitching in your dress or menswear, the stationery, flower type and count, guest count and tally, etc (have we scared you yet?) Not to mention, vendors and venues who book years in advanced. If you have a specific venue/vendor that you have always dreamed would be part of your big day, book now to ensure they are free for your specified date. Which brings us to this: pick your date or about the time of year you would like to get married, before doing anything else. This allows you to see if venues/vendors are available or if you need to switch your date.
This is the most important tip on this entire list. Setting your budget begins the entire planning process. Without a budget, you are unable to make feasible decisions. Do not put yourself in a position where you book a $10,000 venue, then later find you have run out of money for all of the other expenses involved. This is something MANY brides and grooms do. Do your research and create checklists of everything you are to book, buy, and rent so you have an idea of how much you should spend in every category of your wedding.
Many brides and grooms find themselves in situations where they cannot make simple decisions because they are overwhelmed with too many decisions and too many opinions and too much help from others. Take a breath. Planning your wedding is exactly that: planning YOUR wedding. Your wedding doesn’t need to reflect other’s opinions or tastes, it is your day, your style, your dream brought to life. That being said, there is no reason to overthink it or obsess too many choices. If you love flowers, decorate your heart’s out with tons and tons of flowers! No interest in much decoration? No worries, it is your day and you are who you need to impress, no one else!
A great tip that a bride once told us, was to ask popular vendors in your area what they recommend for your specific wedding. For example, if there is a local DJ who may be over your budget, but knows their stuff, do not be afraid to ask them questions. Tell them your venue and ask roughly how many uplights you should rent, how many microphones, speakers, etc. Chances are, the more popular vendors have worked your venue many times and know exactly what it will take to make it look, feel and sound like what you are looking for. This knowledge helps when asking for quotes.
When working with local venues and vendors, negotiating prices is part of the game. This is something many brides and grooms are unaware of and are shocked to find out that they booked a venue or vendor at full price, when they could have negotiated and paid less. When you walk into a venue or meet with a vendor, and say you are planning a wedding, immediately the prices go up HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of dollars, simply because you said the 'W' word. Do your research and know what you are willing to pay versus what the venue or vendor's 'asking price' is. You may be surprised how much you are able to talk them down simply because of the knowledge you have. This tip only works when you negotiate reasonably. Likewise, don’t be afraid to ask them to throw in some extras to close the deal for your event.
Now that we mentioned that negotiation is expected when planning your wedding, we need to mention that it does NOT mean you should undervalue their work. Their talent is what sets them apart and should not be a negotiation point. Instead, check to see if there are aspects of their packages that aren’t necessary to your needs. Once you have established what you don’t need, kindly ask them if you can omit that option to reduce the price of their package. Photographers, DJs, florists, cake bakers; they all put more time into their craft than what you see on your actual wedding day. Keep that in mind when trying to work a good deal with them.
Being present in each and every moment is important. Yes, planning your wedding can be overwhelming. Yes, it will make you cry sad tears, but it will also make you cry many, many happy tears. At the end of the day, you are not marrying your dress, linens, stationery, menswear, or flowers. You are marrying your one and only. Be present when planning your wedding and understand that the details are intended to highlight your love, not overshadow them. Do not become overwhelmed by the price tag of some items or any other unpleasant experience. It will leave a sour feeling and make it hard to love the moment you are in. Always keep, in the back of your mind, “my wedding will be the most beautiful wedding I attend, simply because it is mine.”
So, although this is only 7 tips that we have for our brides and grooms, we are certainly full of much, MUCH more, so stay tuned! The best tip we can give you is to enjoy the process. After all, your Wedding is a once in a lifetime experience!
The holiday season has come and gone, and winter is nearing its end. Thankfully, spring is fast approaching with rebirth and regrowth and sprouting a different type of holiday season: wedding season! Wedding season boasts plenty of opportunities for an up and coming bride to pop into a bridal show where she will discover the talents of every type of wedding professional: designers, caterers, florists, planners… the list is endless! How does she choose?!
Xedo recently participated as a vendor at a wedding show that is sure to change the course of future wedding shows. The Big Fake Wedding is the bridal show alternative, where the bride and groom experience the vendors and their work, in live-action. Each couple is engaged with the local vendors, from hearing a band and tasting different catering companies’ food to visualizing table settings and their design. The Big Fake Wedding’s intention is for the couple to feel as if they are attending a beautifully put together event, rather than a cliché bridal show.
Xedo provided the tuxedos for the groom and his groomsmen, don’t they look handsome?
Xedo also had a table in The Big Fake Wedding’s “Tunnel of Love.” There, we conducted a raffle, asking couples to guess how many cufflinks were displayed in a jar in hopes of winning a free tux rental for their wedding. Our lucky winner was only off by 9!
Frost provided the wedding cake and Simply Delicious Caterings offered made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, while the dinner catering was done by Sweet Potato Baby.
I'm not sure what magic potion was in those biscuits at the biscuit bar, but people were flocking!
The event was held at Propcellar, an old glass factory turned chic warehouse, full of vintage treasures that provide a uniquely beautiful touch to your perfect day! All of the photos seen in this blog are the product of vendors located in the Memphis area. If The Big Fake Wedding is coming to a city near you, vendors from your area will showcase their product, helping to keep it all local for your big day.
We at Xedo highly recommend attending one of The Big Fake Wedding events. Check out their website to find out if/when they will be in your city!
It’s a common understanding that nothing worth having is easy. Love is no exception. However, that can be a bit deceiving because more often than not, the falling in love part is easy. It’s like an all-consuming force takes over every sense. Each and every fiber of your body feels like smiling, just like that! Thanks to Star Wars, we all know the force is strong, and just like that, love’s uncontrollable force can likely lead to church bells, the exchange of vows, and the beginning of a whole life together; forever. Forever is a long time, and as mentioned before, the falling is effortless, but what about staying in love? What about being a team? Finding patience, forgiveness, flexibility and selflessness? Because in marriage, a “you” becomes a “we.” Xedo teamed up with The Knot and The Today Show to celebrate couples who have been “we” for over 50 years. They had some pointers on how to keep the loving bond of marriage strong, and we wanted to share it. After all, advice from those who tied the knot more than 50 years ago is kind of hard to argue with.
Reba McEntire said it best, “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.” Laughter is incredibly healing, and often times, bonding. Judy and Bernie Aronowitz, married since December of 1965, know this. Judy’s advice: "Set priorities. Know what's important and work at it. And have a sense of humor." Bernie’s advice? “And if you're hard of hearing, with today's technology, you can turn hearing aids on—and off!"
As human beings, sometimes we are not so quick to let something go, no matter how petty or major. Maybe it starts out as being one issue, but then every issue lumps together and you end up fighting about things that happened years ago. Angela & Nick DeSantis, married since April 1964, said it perfectly, "I'm not going to say we never argue—because we do—but we just don't hold a grudge. That’s the secret. Say what you have to say, and it's done. Don't hold a grudge; that's really the main thing."
Married since 1965, Fran and Jack McLaughlin believe, "You have to make each other your best friend. It's so important to have a best friend to go through life with and you work on that. And, in doing that, I find we have a lot of things in common: We like to travel, we used to like to ski, now we snowshoe—emphasize the things that bring you together.”
Married October 1, 1955, Sandra & Al Debenedetto’s affection for each other is sure to turn on the waterworks. Sandra tells us, "You just forgive each and every day, kiss each other goodnight and hold hands a lot. I've got a funny feeling about holding hands. It's really important. I think holding hands is a big part of it. When we actually go to bed—we still have the regular full bed; our neighbors are young people and when they come in the house they go, 'How do you sleep in a full bed?' “Al: "I've got to be able to feel that she's there." Sandra: "So we hold hands even when we go to sleep." Tissue anyone?
Life can throw serious curveballs, but having faith in each other is something that should never be overlooked in a marriage. Cedar Grove, New Jersey’s Ed & Ann Biglin have been married since 1952, so what’s their advice for married couples? "Stay close to each other; don't let the world pull you apart." Believe that no matter what is happening, the two of you will be okay.
In this case, I think it’s imperative that we listen to our elders. In a society that is divorce-stricken, we can learn a great deal from these couples who have stuck it out for the long haul. They have proven that a dose of humor, a pinch of forgiveness and a spoonful of faith can result in a long affectionate life with your best friend by your side.
Follow this link to watch the video and to see how charming the men were in their Xedo Tuxedos. All possible thanks to The Today Show, Ingrid Michaelson and our partners at The Knot.
Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your life. All the people you love celebrating your future and your commitment to your spouse. There’s food, drink, music … sounds like the greatest party ever, right? It should be, but how many times have we heard couples say, “It went by so fast” or “I feel like I didn’t even get to enjoy it”?
That ends here. With these six ideas, you and your groom will be able to appreciate and remember your wedding day, along with who was there and how it made it you feel. Most importantly though, these ideas will provide a constant reminder of the day you vowed to love each other until “death do you part.”
Prepping and planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming, and by the time the bride and groom see everything come together, they are walking down the aisle. Have an artist paint the ceremony; it will capture the scene forever and is a bit more personal than a photograph. Years later, the two of you can look at it hanging on a wall in your home and appreciate what a beautiful day it was.
Similar to the idea mentioned above, this also has to do with note writing and anniversaries, but this one is a bit more personal. Assuming everyone sits at a table during the reception at some point, let each table number reflect an anniversary. Request that each guest who sits at a table write a note and place it in a box displayed on that particular table. When the first anniversary rolls around, open the notes from table one and repeat each year after.
Guests will love this! Of course, there are professional pictures taken throughout the night, but this allows guest to share their own experience of your wedding. Choose your hashtag, and make sure your guest are aware of it as soon as they walk in the door. Then wait for the posts to roll in! Later on, the happy couple and the attendees will appreciate being able to relive the big day!
This would be something a bit more appropriate for an outdoor wedding, but whether your wedding is indoors or out, it’s a great idea. What you need: a canvas, cardboard to stick behind the canvas, balloons, paint, darts and guests! Put the darts near each seat or have them all in one place, then ask your guests to help create some really unique art for your home. Each time someone pops a balloon with their dart, paint will explode onto the canvas. By the end, the result will be a colorful and abstract representation of your wedding day!
Writing notes to each other on your wedding day and locking away those notes with a bottle of wine, not to be opened until a rainy day or an anniversary, is a common wedding practice. However, this takes that idea and shakes it up a bit. Make a piñata or buy one that fits your wedding theme. Find a tree or something to hang it on, and ask your guests to write some kind words: maybe date night ideas, advice on marriage, or pointers on how to keep the spark alive … that sort of thing. When an anniversary rolls around, any year you choose, whack the piñata and read all the kind words from your loved ones, together! Of course, you can still add that bottle of wine. ;)
Find a wedding fingerprint tree template online and edit it to your liking. Print it, or have a professional take care of that. Frame it without the glass, and find stamp pads that match the colors of the wedding. Have your guests each dab a little ink on one of their fingers and print it on one of the branches. Have some nice pens near, this way each guest is able to sign their name under their print. At the end of the night, the tree should be full of prints! Pop the glass back into the frame, and find a wall that’s a perfect fit!
It’s important to capture the major moments in life, and these ideas promote stepping out of the traditional wedding box; have fun with it! Weddings can be a bit like Christmas, deep down everyone knows the true meaning behind it, but occasionally the stress and the planning can get you off track. Yet, once everyone is together and all the silly stressors melt away, one thing becomes visible: the importance of love. With these six ideas, you’ll never forget one of the most important days of your life and the love that made it possible.
"It's beginning to look a lot like"….wait, it's already over?! Time flies, especially around the holidays. It's easy to find yourself caught up in the shuffle: family, dinners, decorations, parties, the list is never ending. A major part of that to-do-list includes presents, besides IPads and this year's craze, drones, something else flies off the shelves around holiday time; engagement rings!
For all the ladies with the bling, the planning must begin. If a holiday wedding rings your bell, grab a blanket, some hot cocoa and snuggle up as you learn how you can incorporate the holidays into your wedding theme!
Where there's Christmas, there's Christmas carols. Take a line from a Christmas carol and incorporate it somewhere into the décor. This couple put them on the back of their chairs; "and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near," clever and festive!
Continuing on the table décor idea, these clock plates are great! They are a little reminder of the holiday, but real clocks might be even better! An antique alarm clock for each table, all set to go off at midnight. How fun is that?! Whichever works best for you and your budget, the clock plates or the actual clock; both are adorable and scream NYE!
Break that winter chill by providing guests with a hot chocolate bar, don't forget to include plenty of additional toppings. Guests of all ages will appreciate a good cup of hot cocoa! Plus, the holidays and hot chocolate seem to go hand-in-hand, keeping a taste for the holiday spirit alive throughout the night.
Seriously, it isn't NYE without champagne and I'm not talking just at midnight. I'm talking mimosas all night long; why not?! This link shakes ups the traditional orange juice and champagne idea, check it out! If there is an NYE wedding in your future, this is a perfect and interactive way to keep your guest feeling festive all night.
Flowers are a big decision during the planning stage. They really tie the entire theme of the wedding together, and if you are going to have a holiday wedding, of course there has to be a pop of holiday in the flowers. This couple's flowers are gorgeous, from the bouquet, to the table settings, down to the boutonniere. The different types of green with the white flowers are just stunning, plus check out those little pine cone flowers! Each piece adds that wintery feel which ties the theme together perfectly.
Last, but not least is the sendoff. In true New Year’s Eve fashion, there must be some type of fireworks. Go with the sparklers, less dangerous and every guest can participate. Make sure, right at the beginning of the reception every guest receives their sparkler. After midnight, once it’s time for the bride and groom to begin the honeymoon, send them off with a sparkle!
The first couple of topics covered more of a Christmas / Winter theme, but New Year’s Eve is a major time for weddings as well. For a NYE wedding, come up with different resolutions or goals for yourself or yourselves as a couple. With each table number, have a different resolution or goal written on the table sign. Or, to include your guest, ask each table or each guest to write a resolution they believe is important for marriage. Each year on NYE, open one and try to maintain it for the year, could be fun!
The holidays can be a bit stressful and hectic, but at the end of the day it’s about celebrating love and loved ones. Add a wedding and the festivities become greater than before! Use these tips and tons more to ensure a perfect holiday wedding! Happy New Year and happy planning!
Top Hero Image credit: Annemarie Swift Photography
The wedding is around the corner and the bride has a pile of adorable presents for those ever patient and supportive bridesmaids, but what about those groomsmen? They may have a smoother road to the wedding than the bridesmaids, but they deserve love too! So grooms, use this list as the perfect guide to showing your guys some brotherly love. After all, who doesn’t love a present every now and then, especially ones that are as useful and simple as these!
What you need: Little travel liquors, a mason jar, and anything else that would fit the bar theme. We suggest: a measuring jigger, a cork screw, a stirring stick, maybe some festive items that relate to the wedding theme. Destination wedding? Throw some of those fun drink umbrellas in there, and maybe some margarita salt. Allow yourself to be creative and personal with it, anything works!
Nothing says “King of the Grill” like these grilling utensils with a personalized case. Expect to be invited to some summer cook outs once your groomsmen get these in their hands.
Your team, your name and your beer all in the same place, does it get much better than that? These mugs are practical and personal, each beer will be a fond reminder of their groomsmen experience and a tribute to the home team.
Snazzy socks are really in style right now, so keep your groomsman up to par. Choose a pattern or multiple patterns that go with the wedding theme, personalize a label and make sure they wear them on the big day! The gift will make for great pictures, with a pop of personality.
Not all of your groomsmen may drink, which makes this the perfect gift. Ties are an important item in a professional man’s wardrobe. This gift allows multiple ties to be hung in the same place, neatly. Add each groomsmen’s initials and this gift will be hanging in the closet for ages.
Alright guys, there you have it. Plenty of simple ideas to show your boys your appreciation. From wingmen to groomsmen, they’ve always had your back and now they’re at your side.