10 things to do the night before the wedding

Jun 10, 2016 | The Big Day

Brides usually enjoy spending the night before the wedding in their old room at their parents’ house or in a suite with their bridesmaids, pampering and drinking champagne – but what about the groom?

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The evening before the wedding is a chance for the soon-to-be newlyweds to relax, which is why many grooms will avoid a night out with the lads. There are a number of options for the groom:

– If you’re not the superstitious type, you can spend the night with your fiancée at the hotel or at home;
– Spend the evening at your parents’ house and then relax by yourself;
– Hang out with your groomsmen.

If you’re a best man planning a crazy night for the groom, hold off. You did all the crazy stuff at the stag and now is the time to let your best mate kick back and relax, not do tequila shots.

Grooms, if you’re trying to decide what to do with your last night of (legal) singledom, here are some tips to make the most of the night.

The Night Before The Wedding: 10 things for grooms to do

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#1. Switch off

You’ve no doubt been on your phone quite a lot during the week leading up to your wedding, so now is the time to switch off. Stay away from WhatsApp and switch off notifications for all social media. This is a time to relax, not get stressed out by wedding updates online.

#2. Hang with your parents

Even if you’re spending the night at home with your fiancée, you should still head out for a few hours and visit your parents. You may have been living with your fiancée for years and may even have kids, but getting married makes it official that you’re starting your own family, which can be a little hard for your parents. Spending a few hours having dinner and hanging out with your family will be good for both of you.

#3. Go easy on the drink

In the past, many grooms would have gone on a mad one with their groomsmen and may have even had their stag party that night. In reality, it’s not the best idea.

There’s nothing wrong with a couple of beers, but you really don’t want to be hungover on what’s supposed to be one of the best days of your life. Not only will you feel like crap, but you also won’t be in the best of spirits and will probably look at bit rough – not exactly the best introduction into married life with you or your bride.

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#4. Eat sensibly

As with drinking too much, binging on pizza, chicken wings, curries and nachos may sound great, but you’re going to wake up bloated and with a nasty case of heartburn and indigestion. Your stomach probably won’t be the best with nerves anyway, so this will likely result in a few unpleasant trips to the loo. Plus, you don’t want to risk not fitting into your tux.

#5. Review your speech

Hopefully you’ve already written it, but if not, do it now! This is some rare pre-wedding quiet time to rehearse what you wrote and make yourself familiar with it.

#6. Prepare your bridal gift

Note: ‘prepare’ does not mean ‘start thinking about it for the first time now’. Whether it’s a gift you bought that needs wrapping and delivering or a more personal surprise, don’t leave it until your wedding morning to finalise. Organise it the night before.

#7. Delegate last-minute tasks

This is where your best man and groomsmen really need to rise to the occasion. From the minute you wake up on your wedding day, you really shouldn’t be worrying about anything. You’re already going to have nerves to deal with. If there are any tasks that need completing on the day, delegate them to your groomsmen and make sure everyone has all the information they need to do those jobs without hassling you.

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#8. Organise payment for vendors

The best man usually takes care of payments that need to be made on the day, so be sure to divide necessary cash or cheques into individual envelopes that are clearly marked. Leave them somewhere you’ll see them the next morning, so you won’t forget to bring them with you and hand them to your right-hand man.

#9. Lay out your things

Make sure you have everything you need for your big day. Try on your suit and be sure you have all the accessories that are supposed to go with it.

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#10. Catch some Zs

You may be nervous, but try to get a good night’s sleep. You don’t want bloodshot eyes in the photos…