It’s Great to be the Groom!

A little play on words.  What were you expecting to see?  It’s great to be the king! Come on gents, we’re in the 21st century and we’ve come a long way.  For those history buffs out there, here is a little history about the origin of the terms bridegroom, groomsmen, and best man.  In 200 A.D., it is said that among the Germanic Goths of northern Europe, a man would usually marry a woman within his own community.  When there were fewer women available, the prospective bridegroom would capture his bride from a neighboring village.  He would steal her with the aid of his strongest friend or as he would refer to as his “best man.” According to various sources, several “brides-men” or “brides-knights” also accompanied him, who would help kidnap the woman (the origin of carrying a bride over the threshold from another tribe).  The groom and his fellow conspirators would then fight off the woman’s family of tribesmen with swords held in their right hand, while the groom would hold the captured bride in his left hand, which is the origin of why a bride stands on the left side of the groom at a wedding.

To the grooms who are reading this article… you can chuckle all you want.  I’m sure you are getting a charge out of it.  Times have surely changed!  You have romanced your fiancé, captured her heart and proposed.  Now you are preparing for one of the biggest events in your life…

Your Wedding Day.  Are you still smiling?

In this 21st century, the bridegroom is involved in almost every detail of the wedding with his future bride from every aspect of the planning and bringing to fruition “the perfect day.”

As sure as the bride has carefully picked her wedding gown and the gowns for her maid of honor, bridesmaid and flower girl … NOW COMES THE TIME FOR THE BRIDEGROOM, BEST MAN , GROOMSMEN, AND RING BEARER TO MAKE A STATEMENT BY WEARING SOMETHING FASHIONABLE FOR THE BIG DAY!  REMEMBER GENTLEMEN…Who will be standing to your left on your wedding?  Impress her!

It is said that in the 19th century and in the early 20th century the groom simply wore his “Sunday Best” on his wedding day.

The 19th century brought about the creation of the Tuxedo.  In 1886 the first Autumn Ball which was held at the Tuxedo Club in New York, marked the first appearance of the Dinner Jacket.  Then, it is said, Griswold Lorillard and his friends startled the people attending the Ball by wearing a scarlet satin lapelled dinner jacket without tails, while all were attired in the traditional white-tie and tails. Thus it is said the elegant garment, the “Tuxedo” was born.

Towards the later half of the 20th century the tuxedo was adopted by people rich and poor as the symbol of good times and special occasion.  The motion picture industry helped symbolize the tuxedo as a symbol of class, elegance and high society.  Take a look at the classic movies featuring the infamous “Rat Pack” (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr.), odds are they’re sporting a classy tuxedo.

All brides want to see their bridegroom accompanied by their groomsmen and best man looking debonair attired in the fashion of the day, whether it be traditional or the new evolving trends for the tuxedo which have evolved in the 21st century.

This issue of will help guide you in the right direction with tips and suggestions to choose the “tuxedo” to your liking from a number of professionals in the industry.

Once you have made your decision and have chosen the perfect ensemble for your wedding, don’t hesitate to LOOK IN THAT FULL LENGTH MIRROR AND TOUT THAT MANTRA…

“IT’S GREAT TO BE THE GROOM !”  You’ll probably feel what the Germanic Goths of Northern Europe felt in 200 A.D……Empowered!


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