It's your “BIG DAY.” (I think you'll agree, all-caps are no exaggeration).You're prepared for the hectic hours leading up to the ceremony, but what about your groom?
If you're lucky, you have someone to keep you on schedule during those final crucial hours. Probably someone female. In some ways, this leaves your groom and his groomsmen on their own. Scary thought?
When I work with my wife Audrey at Bolt Photography, I usually end up in a room full of guys wearing boxer shorts and baffled expressions. It goes something like this:
“I think that goes in these holes.”
“Why doesn't this fit?”
“I don't know, but I think it's supposed to be black. Not white.”
And so on. I don't intend this as an indictment of tuxedo rental places, but in my considerable experience, there's almost always something wrong with what's supposed to be delivered. And out of the items that do show up, there's usually a woeful lack of explanation regarding assembly.
I thought, why not help these poor souls? A little planning could ease their stress, and possibly yours, by extension. So here's the first of a few entries concerning my very own “Groom's Survival Kit”. And the first item I have to recommend? Safety pins. The big ones.
With the advent of disposable diapers, these have ceased to be ubiquitous--but you should still be able to find them, if you look. Be it cummerbunds suited for sumo wrestlers, missing vest straps, or actual rents in the fabric of tuxedo jackets, there always seems to be a moment when I think, “If they only had a safety pin.” Or two or three!
I know it may seem like an obvious recommendation, but do yourself a favor, and don't just think about it. Make it a reality. Plan ahead, and you'll be marching down the aisle at the appointed time... not waiting for the groom's brother to run to the store in a panic.
Audrey and Jason Bolt operate Bolt Photography in the Oklahoma City area. To see examples of the Oklahoma brides they photograph, please