Weddings 101: Rise to the Occasion, Groomsmen

Attending a wedding (or ten) this summer? We have plenty of advice on what to wear.

More importantly, though, we’re prepared to offer some simple tips on how to act—and how not to—thanks to a little help from seasoned event planner Gina Marie Lillie.

This week, we’re speaking to the man of the hour’s official posse. Check back later for tips on being a top-notch Guest, Groom, and Best Man, too.



Pre-ceremony drink limit:
Four. (Have a blast! But don’t forget where to stand up there.)

1. Groom’s mental health
2. Guests’ comfort
3. Bridesmaids’ relationship status

{Gina’s Tips}
DO: Be the ultimate wingman. Keep the groom grounded, in good spirits and
looking forward to the marriage (not just the wedding).

DON’T: Scare the poor sap with jokes about how life as he knows it is over.
He’s not laughing—he’s hyper-ventilating.

DO: Get him to the church on time. No wife needs a trump card as powerful as
“You screwed up our wedding” to whip out during arguments.

DON’T: Shirk your responsibilities. Take people’s coats as they arrive.
Answer questions. Valet Grandpa’s truck if you have to. And do it all with a smile.

Photos ©Victor Zerga. Victor is a wedding photographer based in Seattle. View more of his work here.

Victor has been featured on Fearless Photographers—a unique directory of the world’s best, boundary-pushing wedding photographers. Check them out if you’re planning a wedding of your own. (Your fiancée will be impressed.)

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Adrianne July 26, 2012, 5:03 pm

    ive been in two weddings where victor was the photographer and this saturday my friend got married and he was the photographer as well. this guy knows what he’s doing! very talented, comfortable to be around, great ideas 🙂

  • Veronica July 27, 2012, 6:12 am

    Great tips and great photos!

  • Neil July 27, 2012, 12:17 pm

    why didn’t you expand on “3. Bridesmaids’ relationship status”…???

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