There are thousands of articles online that include last-minute and essential items for brides on their wedding day. These items or kits usually include a sewing kit, aspirin, or bandages. But just because you’re a guy, doesn’t mean you won’t run into last-minute issues. Through our experience, grooms should really carry a similar emergency kit. But what goes inside? We doubt you or your groomsmen really need needle or thread but when it comes to planning for the big day, it’s best to be prepared rather than find yourself in an emergency. Here’s 8 groom essentials you’ll want to consider carrying on your wedding day:
1. Gum or mints
You don’t want to kiss your new bride with unsatisfactory breath. Some kind of gum or mints is an important item to carry around on your big day. You don’t necessarily need to keep them in your pocket, but enjoy a few right before the ceremony. Although once the reception starts, you might want to keep that tiny container with you at all times.
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but you would be surprised. If you didn’t plan ahead the night before, you might forget this important toiletry in your morning rush. Pack a bag the night before, that includes deodorant, toothpaste, your toothbrush, and other important toiletries. You want to look and feel fresh on your big day.
3. Your phone
You absolutely should not have your phone during the ceremony. Or even for some parts of the reception. You want to actually enjoy your day, and not be caught browsing on social media. This does not mean you should keep your distance from your phone all day. You might need to call family members or your groomsmen. You might need to call the hotel. Just make sure your phone is in trusted hands.
Much like any bridal emergency kit, grooms will also want to carry some aspirin, pepto, or any other over the counter medicine with you - especially if you start drinking before the ceremony. You can avoid any other emergencies with proper planning.
5. Bottle opener
Keep a bottle opener in your pocket during the reception. It might sound weird, but you could quickly become the hero at your own reception. Stay prepared, and keep the drinks flowing - after the toasts, of course.
6. Red packets for the vendors
Before the ceremony, it’s a great idea to plan ahead. Place your red packets in separate envelopes for each vendor. Either pass them out yourself, or hand them to a trustworthy family member or groomsmen to pass them out. You don’t want to start partying and forget to reward the people who made your reception possible.
7. Written vows - even if you've memorized them
If you are writing your own vows, then obviously, you’ll want to bring those along. Unless you have memorized them, having a written copy in your breast pocket could save you some embarrassment.
8. Small surprise gift for your bride
You should be pampering the woman who agreed to marry you! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a gift, but writing out a romantic card is a great start. If you are shy with your vows, give her a small card or a small gift to show how you feel before the ceremony.