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Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Groom's Perspective

We've talked a lot about weddings and brides, but what about the other half of the happy couple...The Groom. I asked one of the engaged guys on a climbing forum I belong to if he'd mind answering a few questions for me. Here's what he had to say about getting married:

1. How did you propose?
I took her back to the concert venue (large cathedral) where I first laid eyes on her while she performed in a choir. It’s a special place for us and made for the perfect proposal.

2. What has been the most difficult part of planning a wedding?
To be quite honest, it has not been difficult. She is a wedding planner and has everything under control. We began planning 8 months before, and have been in a constant mode of easygoing but continual preparation, so there is nothing that caught us by surprise.

3. What has been the best part of planning a wedding?
Incorporating meaningful songs, people, and activities in the service has been the most fun part of it.

4. How involved are you in the plans?
We have made nearly every decision together, and done nearly every bit of work so far together. About the only thing I haven’t been involved in is the wedding dress.

5. How likely do you think it is that your groomsmen will take part in some of the traditional wedding pranks sometimes practiced on grooms?
I don’t know very many pranks, but I’m sure something will happen. Nothing disruptive in the service though. They know better.

6. How did you choose your groomsmen?
We decided to include siblings and our closest friends, which made for an even 4+4 arrangement. There’s 2 brothers and 2 close friends, so the decision was easy.

7. What do you plan to do to stave off nerves on the morning of your wedding?
No plans, but maybe I just don’t know what will hit me.

8. Any favorite songs you’d like the wedding band to play?
We don’t so much have a wedding band. The only special music performance is an octet choral ensemble of a Song of Solomon text about love.

9. Where do you intend to honeymoon? (Are you more an island type, a European vacation type, a Disneyland type or an outdoorsman)? How did you and your fiancée decide on the perfect place?
European vacation. Her one travel dream is Italy, so I’m making that dream come true.

10. If money and your guests’ expectations were no object, what would be the perfect wedding meal?
Spinach salad with dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette, cream cheese mashed potatoes, baked zucchini topped with parmesan, filet mignon, red wine, huckleberry pie with ice cream and coffee.

11. If you and your bride could drive off into the sunset in the perfect wedding car, what would it be?
’08 Corvette

The groom is 25 years old and works in research as a biochemist. He loves backpacking & climbing, performing & listening to choral music, and golf. He met his fiancee at a choral concert where she was performing and he was listening. They were married in April 2008.

I want to thank our groom for answering my questions. Congrats on your wedding! The Wedding Planners wish you and your wife a lifetime of love, laughter and, of course, romance!

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Blogger catslady said...

It's very interesting to get the groom's point of view. I think in today's world the groom is more important than days past. My husband pretty much just showed up. Oh he did have to get a tux and they messed it up lol.

June 5, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Virginia said...

Sounds like this groom is more into the planning of the wedding the most grooms are. Most groom are just going to show up and not be bother with anything else.

June 5, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

This groom sounds quite grounded and willing to help his fiancee. Congratulations to the two on their Nuptials!

June 5, 2008 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Tori Lennox said...

He sounds like quite the hero. :)

June 5, 2008 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

The groom really sounds atypical since he seems to be involved in the planning.

June 5, 2008 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the comments. Can't wait to read this series.

June 5, 2008 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

how nice that he was involved and wanted to be; many times I've heard tell that a groom said 'well I'm going to show up, isn't that enough?' I loved when dh helped right down to the last detail practically.

June 5, 2008 at 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Cathy S. said...

I think it's so romantic he's taking her to Italy. Swoon.

June 5, 2008 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Linda Goodnight said...

It was so interesting and engaging to hear the groom's perspective. He sounds like a great guy and a great catch, romantic, thoughtful, involved. You can't get any better than that!

June 5, 2008 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger kimmyl said...

Man it would have been nice if my husband was more involved when we got married. LOL

June 6, 2008 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

I watch a bridal show on TV and it is always hilarious to see how the bride and groom's opinions differ on everything!

June 8, 2008 at 12:46 PM  

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