Man Up

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As the groom, do you secretly feel melancholy for being in the passenger seat of all the pomp and circumstance while your budding bride-to-be sits behind the wheel? Do you want your own personal planner with “For the Groom” plastered on the front? Maybe a Gushing Groom mug next to her Blushing Bride cup? We know, you need some pampering, too, so we’ve rounded up several items that give you your time in the spotlight. Let’s start with your wedding day get-up. This Kentucky tie from Why Louisville (a brick and mortar on Bardstown Road, or online at WhyLouisville.com) will let you “tie one on” without the residual hangover. Hand-printed in white ink on navy blue, you can show your home state some love without looking like a fanatic.

Yes, it will be tempting to put your elbows on the table to show off these Kentucky-flavored cuff links from White Horse Gallery (WhiteHorseJewelry.com) in Paris – but don’t. Handcrafted by the gallery’s own Richard Roney-Dougal, the horse heads are 18K gold with sterling silver, and come in a variety of styles.

The Male Point of View

As the other half of the soon-to-be newlyweds, you are entitled to a few pre-wedding jitters. You won’t be the first groom to break out in sweats at the thought of forgetting the ring or the simple words “I do.” So to keep you in perfect husband-to-be form, we’ve found a few products to keep you in tip-top shape.

BE THE MAN

It’s a well-known fact that most grooms look for a secret hiding place when wedding planning comes along (FYI – Your man cave is not the best location; everyone knows to look for you there). But it’s time to snap out of it! You are the other half of this couple-to-be, so take responsibility for helping out. “Be the Man: The Man Registry Guide for Grooms” by Chris Easter is just the book to get you on your way. It speaks your language (read: humor) and sets you up to successfully navigate the planning process. From engagement ring shopping to honeymoon planning, this book was made just for you. Order yours online at Amazon.com.