For every guy who’s party planning shy, there’s one who gets stuck in – check out how these grooms put their stamp on their big day.
“I took care of the paperwork for everything from the photographer to the venue. I set up a filing system and a wedding email account, tracked our expenses and payments on a budget spreadsheet, and kept a binder of all our quotes and receipts. Needless to say, we didn’t go over budget.” Danny, Hamilton.
“We didn’t have a bridal party, so it was my job to ask friends and family members to help us pick up the cake and flowers, and to organise for someone to pay our vendors on the day.” Adam, Wanaka.
“Since my bride did most of the planning, I kept track of which gift each guest gave us and sent everyone thank-you notes. I also wrote cards to our vendors, thanking them for being party of our day.” Josh, Auckland.
“My lady isn’t into cars, so I happily took on the job of researching our transport and choosing the right vehicles for us. In the end I picked awesome, classic Triumphs from Red Balloon. They looked great in our photos.” Doug, Sumner.
“My wife loves surprises, so I secretly organised some special transport – a helicopter that picked us up from the beach after the ceremony and took us on a ride over the sea before we joined our guests at the reception. The views were spectacular!” Christian, Havelock North.
“Besides writing my own wedding vows, I made sure the father of the bride, maid of honour and my best man all had their speeches written in time.” Damien, Havelock North.
“My wife was behind a lot of the wedding planning, so I took control of the honeymoon. We both love the Pacific, so I booked flights, accommodation and a few special activities for a stay in Fiji, including a private picnic on the beach.” Matt, Warkworth.
“As soon as my wife and her bridesmaids had chosen their outfits, my groomsmen and I organised to have our suits made. The key to making it easy for everyone involved was giving the shop a swatch of the bridesmaid dress fabric and a description of the wedding gown.” Marcel, Auckland.
“It was my job to make our invitations. I’m just starting out as a graphic designer, so it was great practise for my career as well.” Cam, Auckland.
“We planned our wedding together, but I made sure our guests were updated via our wedding website. Every Sunday night in the two months before the wedding, I uploaded photos of our bridal party, accommodation details and information about the day, and posted blog entries.” Jason, Auckland.
“Our reception was a relaxed beach party and I was in charge of the barbeque. I ordered the meat and my groomsmen and I flipped the steaks.” Mark, Taupo.
“My wife and I organised our wedding menu together, but I sorted out our drinks budget and planned what to serve. To keep the cost down, we stuck to wine and beer, but instead of champagne for the toast we had cocktails in our wedding-theme colours of red and white, including white-chocolate martinis, Jamaican breezes and cherry mojitos. I’d held a tasting at my stag party – all in the name of the job, of course.” Greg, Auckland.
“I designed and made the table centrepieces. They had a stainless steel base with a square vase on top, and I half-filled the vases with pink pebbles and put a square candle inside. On the day, I sprinkled pink rose petals around each centrepiece. We loved the way they looked.” Toby, Hamilton.
“I booked a band for our reception and organised a playlist for later in the evening. I also created compilation CDs of the music as guest favours.” Simon, Wellington.