Josh Womack of Laughstaff is back with some more humor and advice for the groom in this guest post. So all you grooms out there, sit back, relax, and enjoy this post written with you in mind.
In most weddings the groom is unfortunately an afterthought to the bride....well not only the bride, but the reception venue, church, deejay, dessert, etc. Yes it's true, the groom is technically there but the day belongs to the woman in white. A groom is like the single mother of the wedding. He does a lot of things behind the scenes that will never get the glamour or attention of his bride's dress.
If you know a groom-to-be in 2015, pat him on the back and remind him of these little takeaways that EVERY groom can be grateful for.
1) You're Not the Bride, Hallelujah! - Leading up to the wedding the bride can endure a lot of stress. The centerpieces have to be perfect, the bridesmaid’s dresses have to be a favorable color AND the bride herself has to show off her best self in the dress (ask some previous brides about the time and dollars that went into a personal trainer or eight-week tanning package, these things add up).
I love being a guy. As we age and the crow's feet form, we become ‘distinguished’ and as the grey hairs pop up it just reflects wisdom and life experience. Women are held to a standard of beauty that the media almost makes unattainable. Be supportive to your bride-to-be, but be grateful you don't have to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to start working on your hair (and if you are bald, double bonus).
2) The Bachelor Party - I'm not talking about some Vegas debauchery or a story that ends with "Brad ended up getting the midget stripper's number." The chance to get together with the bros for some golf or even a nice dinner should be cherished. As we get older, the chance to 'get the band back together' becomes less and less frequent to due obligations of family, parenting, job, etc.
The bachelor party might be the last time all of your current and childhood friends get together so live in the moment and soak up the old stories & open-mouth smiles. The next time you all get together one of the guys will be missing, probably because you’re at his funeral. It’s the truth! Don’t shoot the messenger.
3) No More Dating – Let’s be honest, it’s a self-obsessive jungle out there. Between selfies, Tinder, Instagram and the usual run-around that comes with finding the one, there’s a certain calmness knowing that part of your life is in the past. I know the thrill of the chase and the first kiss is always exciting, but the games people play aren’t. Why hasn’t she texted back? Is it a bad sign we hooked up after our first date (answer is usually yes)? Was she not a fan of Jason Aldean? I knew I should have taken her to see Hootie (Darius Rucker to the intellectual)!
So chin up future groom, the future is bright. Embrace the new chapter and smile on the past, but gear up for what lies ahead.
Josh Womack lives in Cleveland, OH and is the founder of Laughstaff, a speech-writing company that uses stand-up comedians as consultants to best men and matrons of honor around the world. Laughstaff has written over 140 speeches and will help you deliver a wedding toast that is heartfelt, hilarious and memorable. Follow them on Twitter @Laughstaff and check them out at www.laughstaff.com.