Great Ideas for the Groom


Usually getting ready time is all about the bride – the dress, the jewelry, the cute matching pajamas – but why not give the groom a little love for a change? Here are some of our favorite groom and groomsmen shots, and great ideas for how you can get some awesome shots of your own groom and his pals, and give him some special touches all his own. After all, it’s his day, too!

1. Photo Props

This is our favorite idea for groom photos – a boy and a bubble gun! You’ll get great, natural-looking shots of the groom enjoying himself, like these from Brittany Sanders Photography. You can find a bubble gun like the one above on Other fun props are baseball bats, golf clubs, soccer balls – whatever has meaning for the groom and his friends.

2. Games

Groom’s suite looking a little barren? Gift the guys a beer pong or table tennis game like these from Marigold Bus and Photo Booth. That will be sure to start some action! Other ideas for catching the groomsmen doing something fun are a deck of cards or a small putting green.

3. Snazzy Shoes

House of Amsel Photography

We love these bold black and white shoes. They perfectly complimented the fun vibe of this wedding from our featured real wedding, “Cows and Kona Ice at Rock Hill Farm.”

4. Colorful Socks

Lindsay and Co Photography

Let him express himself and be a little silly with fun socks. Ooh Yeah makes an entire collection of whimsical socks just for groomsmen!

5. A Stand-Out Boutonniere

Fortunately for your floral budget, a boutonniere is usually the least expensive thing on the florist’s menu. So go ahead and splurge a little on a unique arrangement! This one is from Cedar and Lime Collective.

6. A Bold Tie

If your guy isn’t up for wearing a full suit of vivid blue or hot pink, a statement tie is the next best thing. For some shopping therapy, check out the entire collection of floral and other patterned ties from Jos A Bank.

7. Personalized Flasks

Mdree Photography

Personalized flasks are a popular gift for groomsmen, and make for great photos as well. Many choices of color, material, and style can be found on Etsy.

8. A Luxury Car

Julianna Wall Photography

Does he love expensive cars? Rent one out for the night – not only fun to ride in, but also great for photo opps. The Rolls Royce above can be hired from Rolls Wedding Limos in Northern Virginia.

9. Old Traditions

Once a tradition for men at any congratulatory moment, cigars and whiskey are still a feature in the groom’s suite at many Northern Virginia weddings. A pre-ceremony toast among friends makes a great getting ready shot. The images above are from Middleburg’s Goodstone Inn, and the cigar is from Winchester’s Long Ridge Cigars.

10. A Letter from the Bride

Today brides and grooms often exchange letters just before the wedding, telling each other about some of their favorite moments from the past, hopes for the future, and of course, never-ending love. His reaction will be preserved forever in gorgeous, sentimental wedding photos.