Good News!

Masses,

My sincere apologies for not posting lately.  I sailed around the world……twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything the first time. Your letters, cards and emails asking me to return have not gone unnoticed therefore I have some exciting news!  I have decided to turn over the reigns of The Handsome Gent to a site that will launch soon called Groomhaven.  www.groomhaven.com.  It is set to launch within a week.  I will still post and lead you in class and style but I will let them handle the Groomsmen Gifts as I just do not have the time.  I have been assured that Groomhaven will be a site where a would be groom can go and pick up tips on his upcoming nuptials, get ideas that he can share with his bride, order his Groomsmen Gifts all while enjoying a haven from wedding planning.

Fear not! I will keep you updated.

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent

ps I’ve also been assured that a free set of fake mustaches will be included with every order.  It was a deal breaker if they didn’t!

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Published in: on May 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm  Comments (2)  

Best Man Kit

Masses,

Yet again my knowledge will be bestowed upon you, the masses, yearning to pick up tips and valuable information on a successful wedding.  A Best Man Kit is what every wedding party needs.  (Available soon at www.thehandsomegent.com.) What’s in a Best Man Kit you ask?  Here is a list:

1) Black Socks. This may sound strange but I guarantee that some hayseed groomsman will forget a pair of black socks.  Like clockwork, the groom’s cousin from Owatonna, MN will showup in flip flops, his hat on backwards along with his sunglasses and say “Oh geeze, I forgot a pair of black socks.”  You’ll be a hero when you bring out a pair of black socks.

2) Breath Mints.  This is an easy one simply because when guys get nervous, they get bad breath.  You’ll be the hero yet again when having breath mints at the ready.  And NOT gum.  it is very uncouth to be chewing gum especially at a reception or God forbid, a Church!  Plus, you can believe me the bridesmaids will appreciate it also.

3) Hairspray.  Yep, hairspray.  All though these are males they are worried about how their hair looks.  And with the changing of clothes, and a possible church that is not air conditioned, hairspray is a must.

4) Stain Remover.  I think it’s called Shout Out or something like that.  I guarantee you that one of the mouth breathers in the wedding party will spill on his white shirt.  He will most likely say something like “If we had black shirts, I wouldn’t have this problem.”  Naturally, The Handsome Gent hates the thought

These are just some of the ideas that will be in my Best Man Kit offered on the award winning website, www.thehandsomegent.com.

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

Masses,

I’ve been getting lots of email lately wondering what people should do at a Rehearsal Dinner/Groom’s Dinner.  As always I’m trying to make everyone’s wedding classy and a hit so while enjoying a martini from my martini set, (offered for sale now at www.thehandsomegent.com) I decided to jot down some thoughts.

First and foremost the bride and groom should always get up and thank everyone for coming.  And remember you should always thank people who have come along way.   It’s always good etiquette to invite people who have come from out of town to the Rehearsal Dinner and I’m afraid that includes her Uncle Barry from Des Moines.  These people have come a long way for you so I’m afraid it’s the proper thing to invite them.  Naturally, the bride and groom should thank the Groom’s parents also and it’s never in bad taste to thank the Bride’s parents either.

If you are a guest make sure to thank the Groom’s parents.  Traditionally, the Groom’s parents will pay for this dinner.  I realize this isn’t always the case these days but it’s always in good taste to thank them anyway.  You’ll never look bad with a simple thank you and a gracious handshake.  Speaking of the Groom’s parents, they should also get up and give a speech thanking people for coming.

After the meal is always a good time to pass out gifts to the wedding party.  You SHOULD NOT give gifts to your wedding party at the reception or the wedding.  How would that look to give out gifts to your wedding party while the rest of your guests sit there and feel like dirt dining on their chicken?  Plus, it’s one less thing to haul around to the reception or church.  Please, this should be common sense.

Gentleman, this is where I come in to help you.  Please peruse my award winning website to see what wonderful and classy ideas I have for you to give to your wedding party at the Groom’s Dinner.  Might I suggest the Barbeque Set now on sale at www.thehandsomegent.com.Why do I do this?  So that you, the masses, will also have classy wedding and Groom’s Dinner.  It is my duty.

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomgent.com

Tying A Bow Tie/Royal Wedding Reception

Masses,

I will admit that I did make it to the Royal Wedding,  however I did pull a faux pas as I did not attend the ceremony, just the reception.  Very rude of me but as you all know, since the halting of the Concord, international travel is so time-consuming and due to my hectic schedule, I just couldn’t fit it in.  Plus, providing the masses with knowledge on style also takes up a lot of time as does my award winning groomsman gift website, www.thehandsomegent.com.

Why do I admit that I was at the reception?  The reason is so many attendees of the reception asked how I can make a bow tie look so good. I can’t get back to all them personally and I know that they are all faithful readers of this blog so I thought I would just let them read it here.  (Pippa, I hope you understand.)    Now, I realize that most of you can’t pull off a bow tie as I can, however, here’s how I do it.I know it’s a crude drawing, however I drew it on the way back on the plane and I had been up all night dancing the night away so pardon me if it’s not perfect.  Make sure you have a crisp shirt and crisp collar.  I always suggest heavy starch on my shirts.  It’s simple really.  Cross the bow tie, bring the rabbit up through, cross the other rabbit, bring the first rabbit down, and tie.

Like I said, I can’t get back to all of you personally on how I can make a bow tie look so good, so feel free to print this diagram and put it in your closet so that you can practice looking good. Not many can pull off a bow tie, but feel free to try.  And Pippa, please remember there is a time change between London and the US so please be respectful of that when you call. 

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

 PS  As expected, the fake mustaches were a hit at the reception, which are free with every order at www.thehandsomegent.com

5 Do’s for Groomsmen

Masses,

From all your many letters and email it has come to my attention that many of you groomsmen-to-be really don’t know what to do as a groomsmen.  I, once again, thought I would do you all a favor and put a quick list together in no particular order of things a groomsmen should do at a wedding and reception.  Why do I do this?  It’s simply to spread class and make your friend’s wedding fun and a success.  It’s my duty.  No need to thank me.

1) Always, always, always get out on the floor and dance at the reception.  Anytime there is a lot of dancing at a reception it will be a success.  No dancing equals people sitting around eating cake and wanting to go home.  It’s your job to get out there and shake your tail feather, funky chicken, electric bugaloo….whatever.  It’s your job to make the reception a success since the bride and groom should be out amongst the masses thanking them for coming.   Make it your duty to get butts on the floor. (Possibly wearing a fake mustache available for free at www.thehandsomegent.com.)

2) Make sure you thank both sets of parents of the bride and groom.  Nothing says class more than a good hearty thank you and mentioning what a wonderful time you had since this is their night to shine also.  Make them feel appreciated and that it was a success.  You’ll be remembered.

3) It may sound silly but don’t be afraid to bring an extra pair of black socks to the wedding.  Why you ask? I’ve been in thousands of weddings and it never seems to fail that someone will forget to bring a pair of black socks. For example, it’s obvious the bride’s not so intelligent younger brother, Cameron, can’t walk down the aisle in his tube socks that he wore with his Chuck Taylors because he wanted to be comfortable before the ceremony.  You’ll have the extra pair and the crisis will be averted.  It happens more than you think and you’ll be the hero yet again.

4) Harken back to tip number 1 and remember that once you get the dance floor warmed up, make sure to go ask the older ladies in the crowd to dance with you.  You want the reception to be fun, right?  Nothing makes a blue hair smile more than a dashing gent asking them to dance.  Plus, the dance floor becomes more crowded prompting more folks out on the floor.  And as I said in rule number 1, a busy dance floor makes for a fun reception.

5) Always help carry the gifts out after the reception.  There should be ample gifts brought and I guarantee no one planned for transportation of these gifts back to wherever they will go.  A big strong helping hand will help temper a unplanned minor crisis and speed up the shutting down of the reception.  Just another way for you to look like  a hero.

There you have it groomsmen to be.  Five tips on being not only a classy groomsmen but also a hero in your good friend’s wedding and reception.  Just a few thoughts that I came up with while enjoying my favorite martini out of my martini set available on my award winning website, www.thehandsomegent.com.  

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

Royal Wedding Bachelor Party

Masses,

I can honestly say that I have had a hand in the upcoming nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Not to say that I am going to the wedding.  As embarassing as it is, I had to turn down the royal invitation.  You see, I am much to busy with the upcoming sailing season.  I’m sure you know how it is.  And plus my ex-flame Princess Madeleine of Sweden will be there and she can get so emotional during weddings.  How embarassing.

Anyway, not many know that the bachelor party that Prince Henry threw for Prince William was a simple poker party last week held at Buckingham Palace.  How was I involved you ask??  I provided the poker set they used (which can be purchased on sale here at www.thehandsomegent.com.)  Here’s a pic:

Naturally, I couldn’t make the bachelor party (or so I told them.)  However I did order them some pizza’s at midnight which I thought was very sporting of me. Who knew there was a Pizza Hut right across the street from Buckingham Palace.  Plus, they wore my free fake mustaches while playing poker. 

You’re Welcome

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

Tips on Picking Out Wedding Party Gifts

Masses,

While using my BBQ Set  the other day, (now on sale at www.thehandsomegent.com) it came to my attention that many of you have no idea how to pick out wedding party gifts. (Not shocking really.)  When a man gets married, he is given a great responsibility, neigh, a great honor of giving his friends a gift.  How often can a man say to his friend, “I bought this gift thinking of you.”  Most male recipients of the gift would graciously accept it, and then most likely never speak to that guy again because it’s rather weird. But when a groom gets married, he has a chance and a duty to buy his closest friends a gift.

My first tip is don’t stress out about it.  This may be the only thing you have to do and if so, get it done simply and easy.  As I said before, this is may be the one chance you get to buy something for your good friends so get something practical that they will use and they will think you are thinking of them.  What guy doesn’t use a BBQ Set? Every guy can use a Poker Set at one time in his life.  Simple things like this will go along way.

My second tip is you don’t have to skimp but don’t go to cheap.  For instance, my BBQ Set is a mere $29.95 a set.  And since it’s from www.thehandsomegent.com it’s obviously high quality and will impress.  And again, every guy could use something like this.  Make sure you don’t get something they’ll never use.  I was once in wedding where the groom bought everyone a golf leatherman type thing which was a complete fail since most of the groomsmen didn’t golf.  embarrassing and insulting to say the least. (I would have told him off if he wasn’t a respected Colonel in our Armed Forces.) 

My third and final tip is don’t be afraid to get every groomsmen the same gift.  Why you ask?  It shows you’re not playing favorites.  How would it look if one groomsmen got an elegant Cognac Set and another one got the aforementioned golf leatherman?  An awkward time for sure.  Plus, you will also save on shipping.  😉  (FYI, here’s a good wedding website for DIY weddings and saving a buck:http://the530bride.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/planning-your-wedding-on-a-budget-do-it-yourself/  )

There you have it, 3 simple tips to make your groomsmen gift buying much easier.  (You’re welcome Prince William.)  It will save you stress and you will get it taken care of early and with class.

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

5 Tips For Groomsmen

Masses,

Yet again my phone has been ringing off the hook from across the pond by a certain “Royal” who will be in a wedding coming up this summer.  Hank, of Prince Harry as you call him, is all a titter because of lack of knowledge of being a groomsmen.  That’s why I thought I’d repost some tips that I recently blogged about.  I can assure you that not only you, the masses, will be thankful but also Prince William and Kate Middleton for making their wedding a success.

Hank also mentioned that he thought that the free set of fake mustaches that his brother received were quite the hit at the bachelor party.  I assured him that when it comes time for him to tie the know, he’ll also receive a free set of fake mustaches.  Every groomsmen gift order at www.thehandsomegent.com receives a free set.  What groom wouldn’t like that???

Please read and enjoy the following regarding tips for groomsmen and hopefully this will stop my phone from ringing off the hook:  https://thehandsomegent.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/5-dos-for-groomsmen/

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

Top 5 Wedding Reception Songs

Masses,

Got a call the other day from Bill, or as you call him Prince William and he asked me what music he should play at his reception.  He reminded me that the world will  be watching and he was quite nervous.  I told him to relax and enjoying a cognac from the cognac set that I sent him as an engagement gift.  “What should I have the DJ play?” he asked.  I must admit I was a bit surprised he was getting a DJ but I suppose everyone has to cut corners somewhere on their wedding these days.

I scolded him for not scouring my blog as most brides and grooms do before their nuptials.  I referred him to my post about Top 5 Wedding Reception Songs which can be found here: https://thehandsomegent.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/top-5-wedding-dance-songs/   Obviously, I stressed to him that Dancing Queen by Abba is a must.  Usually I highly recommend that but I felt that this was a particularly good chance to play that song to get a certain someone on the dance floor.

Anyway, I thought I would put that post out again to you, the thankful masses so that you too could have a wonderful wedding reception just as Prince William and Kate will.

You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com

Royal Wedding, Groomsmen Gifts

Masses,

Got a call from Bill the other day, or as you call him Prince William, and as expected he ordered his groomsmen gifts through my award winning website, www.thehandsomegent.com.   He made a good choice on his decision for groomsmen gifts I felt, the ever popular poker set.  (Apparently his younger brother enjoys a good game of poker.  Who knew?)  

I can tell that Prince William will be an excellent and shrewd king when handling the kingdom’s finances.  How can I tell?  He happily took advantage of the reduced price of the poker set that I’m offering.  Plus, I can tell he’ll be a king of the people because he was excited about his free set of fake mustaches that I give with every order to every groom be it prince or pauper.

Naturally, he asked if I was going to make the wedding this summer.  I had to be blunt and let him know that I wasn’t sure due to my busy schedule.  (To be honest, I’d rather be on my yacht utilizing my martini set rather than sitting at a stuffy old royal wedding. Believe me, the house of Windsor does not know how to throw a reception.  I doubt they’ll even play YMCA at the reception.)  Also, my former flame Princess Madeleine will be there I’m sure and you know how ugly that can get.

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You’re Welcome,

The Handsome Gent
www.thehandsomegent.com