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An Introduction to Groom Traditions

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An Introduction to Groom Traditions

Kacie Faulling

A wedding is often one of the most important days in a person’s lives. But the focus of the wedding is often on the bride. Less often do we focus on the groom.

Well, its time for that to change!

In this article, the groom finally gets to take center stage. Below, we discuss groom wedding attire, several traditions frequently practiced on the groom on their wedding day, and examine the Haberdash provided for the groomsmen.

If you’re a groom-to-be, have been asked to serve as one of the groomsmen at a wedding, or simply want to know more what a Haberdash is, then read on and learn more.

Groom Wedding Attire

There is no rule that says a groom has to wear a specific type of attire on their wedding day, but generally most grooms wear a tuxedo.

This is a little confusing for some people. After all what is the difference between a tux and a suit?

The main features of a tuxedo include:

Satin: Where suits typically lack satin details, almost every part of the tux is made of satin including labels, button, and even side-stripes down the pant legs.

Bowties vs. Long Ties: Though it’s not observed as often as in years past, tuxedos often include a self-tied bowtie whereas suits typically are worn with a long tie. However, many grooms have taken to wearing the less formal long tie with their tuxedos.

Shirt Style and Color: Both suits and tuxedos include a jacket with a button up shirt underneath. The color of the undershirt for a tuxedo is white whereas undershirts in a suit come in many colors and are sometimes even patterned.

Type of Shoes: Black patent shoes are typically worn with a tuxedo while many different types of shoes can be worn with a suit including loafers, slip-on shoes, and many others.

The biggest difference between a tuxedo and a suit is that the attire defined for a tuxedo is often limited whereas there is much more versatility permitted for a suit.

What Grooms Do On Wedding Day

There are many traditions which are typically associated with the groom. First and foremost, long before the wedding even takes place, the groom is often expected to publicly propose to the bride-to-be in some sort of overly-romantic way.

As well, the groom is often expected not to see the bride on the wedding day until she walks down the aisle. In many traditions, it is considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony.

Some even believe that if the groom does see the bride prior to the ceremony that the marriage is doomed to failure.

Both bride and groom are often expected to read vows to each other. In some weddings, the groom and bride write their own vows. In others, they use vows written by others.

Furthermore, the groom is expected to kiss the bride after the clergy or legal official leading the marriage says those famous words, “You may now kiss the bride.”

There are many other traditions, and this is just a brief list. Others include dancing with the bride after the marriage ceremony at a wedding reception, selecting a best man and other groomsmen, offering gifts to the groomsmen, and many others.

Haberdash for the Groom

Beyond gifts, the groom is often expected to provide a Haberdash for the groomsmen. The Haberdash is often defined as a lounge with avenues for entertainment, alcohol, food, and whatever else the groom decides to provide.

The Haberdash is not only a lounge for entertaining the groomsmen however. It is also a place where the groomsmen can change into their wedding attire and groom themselves before the wedding. As a result, a Haberdash often includes dressing rooms, bathrooms with showers, and various toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, colognes, and much more.

The wedding day is not just for the bride. It is also a very sacred and important day for the groom. There is a specific attire typically defined for the groom as well as a variety of other traditions. One of these includes providing a Haberdash for the groomsmen.