Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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Gentlemen’s Corner

Bridegroom Tim Nicols, wearing a cobalt blue shirt, is flanked by his cousin Tom Landis, Matt Lombardi and Mike Knepp (left) and by his brother Dave Fry, Matt Machnics and cousin John Knutsen (right)

Bridegroom Tim Nicols, wearing a cobalt blue shirt, is flanked by his cousin Tom Landis, Matt Lombardi and Mike Knepp (left) and by his brother Dave Fry, Matt Machnics and cousin John Knutsen (right)

By KATHRYN RIDDLE

 

Long gone are the days of the bridegroom simply showing up wherever he has been told to be at the appointed time. He is engaged — sorry, I couldn’t resist! — in nearly every aspect of the planning prior to the big day he will share with his bride-to-be. Today’s bridegrooms also do many other things to make memories for themselves and their friends in anticipation of their wedding day.

Some things haven’t changed, as it is he who pops the question that initiates the whirlwind that follows. How that happens is as creative and thoughtful as he is, to wit, the balloon and flower-filled scenario Dominic Tropiano planned for his proposal to Kate Barone. Recently my nephew John surprised his long-time girlfriend Becki Lijek by arranging a romantic weekend getaway at a friend’s secluded house on Cape Cod where he proposed to her, followed by a champagne and lobster dinner. Two years ago, my son Tim proposed to Lauren atop the John C. Calhoun statue in Marion Square in Charleston, S.C., where, on their first vacation together, they had been caught by police for climbing and drinking wine.

Passé too are traditional bachelor parties that now are destination events, usually months before the wedding, for the prospective bridegroom and his coterie. Dominic and friends went to Las Vegas for a weekend while Tim, a North Carolina resident for some years, and his buddies went to Snowshoe, West Virginia to ski.

My nephew Tom’s friend Keith, married last year, and about 12 guys spent a weekend in Nashville because, as Tom said, “it’s a wild city with lots of bars, great music and other stuff to do. When we were there, we saw a lot of bachelor and bachelorette parties.”

Thank-you gifts from the bridegroom to his best man and ushers are chosen with thought and care. To his brother and best man Frank, a New York City resident, Dominic gave him a gift card to a restaurant in that city, and to his Cleveland friends, restaurant gift cards to Red. In addition to the cobalt blue and black striped ties Tim bought for his groomsmen to wear, his presents to them were socket sets, bewildering to his mechanically-challenged cousin John and brother-in-law Clay. Tim gave his brother and best man Dave a more elaborate set. Tom said that Keith gave him and the other ushers engraved Leatherman multi-tools.

As yet another surprise for Kate, Dominic hired an old-style taxi cab from the 1960s, a complement to their first dance song ‘Just One Look’ by Doris Troy, as their transportation leaving their New York City wedding reception. Tim and Lauren left their downtown Charlotte reception venue sitting on the back of a red 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster convertible.

Such are the things that make special memories for each and every bridegroom of the celebration he shares with his bride!

 

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