Groomsmen

All about the best man, buddies and bucks parties

She says: Bite Your Tongue

Finding the balance between speaking up and intruding can make or break a friendship...

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HE SAYS: Bite Your Tongue

When your mate is getting married, there’s a point where you need to mind your business. But where's that point…?

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SHE SAYS: How Many Is Too Many?

Choosing groomsmen and bridesmaids should be about quality, not quantity…

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HE SAYS: How Many Is Too Many?

If you thought choosing who to invite to your wedding was a minefield, wait until you have to choose bridesmaids and groomsmen...

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Best Man? No, Thanks

Once, a rejected proposal was a groom-to-be’s biggest worry. Now he risks being turned down by his mates…

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SHE SAYS: Putting the ‘buck$” in bucks

Exotic locations have replaced exotic dancers as the bachelor party 'must have', but at what cost. And I don't just mean money...

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HE SAYS: Putting the ‘buck$” in bucks

International travel, weekends away—has the stag do veered too far from the original "tequila and sexy dancers" brief...?

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SHE SAYS: The Best Man’s Speech

It's one of those moments when simplicity is the best approach...

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HE SAYS: The Best Man’s Speech

Toasting the groom is more than just a job—it’s an art…

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VIDEO: What Not To Do

Nervous about making a best man speech? Here's one reason why you shouldn't be...

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For the man with everything

A bottle of the world's oldest rum can be yours—at a price, of course...

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Wedding Pashers

If you’re single and get invited to a wedding, pack the breath mints. Odds are you're gonna get lucky…

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The many jobs of best man

Bouncer, stylist, planner—there’s more to being best man than bringing down the house with a side-splitting speech (although that doesn’t hurt)...

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Bucks thrills with a difference

A lap dance isn’t the only way to get the lads’ hearts racing.

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Best Man timeline

The best man has a to-do list before, during and after the ceremony. Get the lowdown on what to do and when it needs doing…

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The MC prep plan

Responsibility for a smooth reception rests squarely on your shoulders. Here's how to tackle the task...

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Best man’s toast

The groom chooses a best man because of shared history, not necessarily due to your exemplary reputation for public speaking.

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Father of the bride toast

You’ve given away your daughter and potentially a good deal of money along with her at this wedding. Hence, you’re traditionally first to address the reception after the MC opens proceedings.

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Master of Ceremonies

Often the unsung hero of the day, the MC plays an integral part in making the reception memorable.

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Bucks night: a best man’s guide

There’s killer stag parties… and then there’s The Hangover—hilarious on DVD, not so funny if it’s you.

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It’s Raining Men: The Karaoke Bucks

Get your rock star on with the lads...

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Asking too much?

Think it’s expensive having a wedding? Attending one isn’t much better. How much is too much?

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Boy’s Toys: Gift Ideas

Buying stuff for the lads can be a brain-buster, we look at the best boys toys…

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The Bucks Goes Global

Avoid starring in The Hangover 3 with EG’s tips on travelling for pre-wedding festivities…

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The Art of Booze

There’s more to fully appreciating a good drink than cracking a tinny…

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The bacchanalia

Bringing a touch of ancient excess and debauchery to the buck’s party...

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Cocktails of the week

Would sir care for a Hennessy or two?

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Best man loses wedding ring

And now, a cautionary tale about the guy no one wants to be…

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Don’t Tell The Bride

Grooms score $25K and free reign to plan their wedding day in a new reality series...

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Destination bucks parties

Why men are moving away from the strip club…

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Wedding Speeches: an introduction

Making a toast sure ain’t easy, but it’s not as hard as you might think…

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Wedding toasts: 8 things not to do

Some things are best left unsaid—8 tips to stop you talking about exes, mothers-in-law and dead relatives...

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Father of the bride speech excerpt

Real words from a real father of the bride toast…

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Wedding speeches: who speaks when?

Follow tradition or do it your own way...

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Writing a wedding speech

Getting started can be the hardest part…

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Wedding speech exerpt

A little inspiration to help you craft a toast…

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Wedding speech: the delivery

Take a deep breath and picture everyone in the audience naked…

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Diamond Jubilee: Part 2

Who buys £100,000 whiskey and what's it taste like? And what's 'The King's Speech' got to do with anything..?

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Diamond Jubilee: Part 1

To mark Queen Elizabeth’s milestone, Essential Groom meets the man behind the monarch’s £100,000 whiskey…

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Cocktail of the week

Tom Collins—a drink that started as a joke...

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Cocktail of the week

The Manhattan—a little bit of New York in a glass...

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Cocktail of the week

The martini—because it's all class. Shaken or stirred...

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Cocktail of the week

Black Friday—no better time than Friday the 13th to try this tipple...

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River swallows ring

Taking care of the ring is the best man’s job—but beware of the celebrant…

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Cocktail of the week

Devil’s Cut Punch—waste not want not is the philosophy behind this cheeky tipple.

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Cocktail of the week

The Sidecar—warm up with a French classic.

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Cocktail of the Week

Mai Tai—take a taste trip to the tropics...

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Cocktail of the week

Long Island Ice Tea—Hedge your bets with a little of everything.

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Essential Groom partners with Erebus Racing

Hold on tight as Essential Groom hits the track with the prestigious Erebus Racing team, debuting at the Bathurst 12 hour.

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Alternative gifts

If the lucky couple already has a fully-stocked kitchen, where does that leave them, and their guests when if comes to gift-giving?

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Cocktail of the Week

The Margarita—because it ain’t a party without tequila.

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Cocktail of the Week

Sangria—what's red and wine and fruity all over?

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EG poll verdict: Gift or no gift

Can’t make it to the wedding—would you send a present, a card... or nothing at all

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Cocktail of the Week

The Bloody Mary—it’s a cocktail, breakfast and hangover cure all in one. Genius.

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Cocktail of the Week

Negroni—because why add soda when you can add alcohol?

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A Few Best Men

A new film opening on Australia Day puts the groomsmen front and centre of the chaos.

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Wedding crashers

A new app helps gatecrashers locate nearby nuptials—and you thought that Owen Wilson movie was fiction…

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Cocktail of the day

The Mojito—besides cigars and revolutions, this drink is one of the best known things to come out of Cuba.

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VIDEO: Daddy cool

Elevating the father of the bride dance to an art form, this papa goes viral.

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Ask an expert: mate, stripper or girlfriend?

A racy bucks party presents one Essential Groom reader with a difficult choice...

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Skirmish Paintball

Put the groom-to-be in the firing line with a commando-style initiation.

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MP sacked after bucks party

Proof that sometimes strippers and hookers are the more tasteful option...

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Cocktail of the day

Bourbon Sour—a little something to get the buck's party rocking.

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EG poll result: The buck’s party

We asked: what’s your idea of a great buck’s night—shaved eyebrows and strippers or something sedate…?

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