The Essentials

The best of our staff picks...

Four Seasons Langkawi

You already treat your ‘better half’ like a princess, now is the time for her to experience the royal treatment at The Four Seasons Langkawi.

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Bespoke vs Off-the-rack vs Rental

At some point in his life, every man should own a decent, well-fitted suit. And an impending wedding is as good a moment as any to consider investing in one.

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5 top tux tips

Choosing wedding attire isn’t straightforward. Some things to consider…

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5 ways to propose

Popping the question is difficult enough—then there's the pressure of making it unique and unforgettable...

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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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Know your bow

Choosing the right shape of bow tie is a must.

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Cyber ceremony

The world is socialising, working—and even marrying—online.

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Breaking bridezilla

A woman's advice on dealing with an over-enthusiastic fiancée…

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Style glossary for grooms

Get a grasp on the terminology that may arise in the hunt for a wedding suit.

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How to tie a bow tie

It was the most-asked question online in 2010. And we've got the answer...

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Dress code decoder

The ins and outs of what to wear.

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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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Ring ker-ching

Deciding the aesthetic—and price tag—of an engagement ring:

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How to wear a bow tie

The bow tie has had a fashion resurgence in recent seasons, but for the groom it’s a perennial classic.

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Tux vs Suit: the basics

Both consist of a jacket-shirt-pants combo, but how much do you know the nuances that separate a tuxedo from a suit?

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Man with a plan

The proposal is just the beginning. There are many decisions and deposits to be made…

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Culture clash

When disparate cultures and religions come together, know how to fuse them with finesse.

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Buying a diamond

Get the lowdown on how to procure a quality diamond...

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Look good at any age

Skincare should rate highly on a groom's to-do list, whether he's barely 20 or hitting 50...

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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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Making an entrance

What the bride achieves with theatre, the groom can pull off with pizzazz.

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The pocket square

How one little piece of fabric can top off a look.

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Wedding day itinerary

Breaking down the big day, from prep to reception…

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The Pre-nup

Pessimistic? No. Pragmatic? Most definitely. Getting hitched is serious business.

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Dress to kill

A black tie dress code is something to be revered, not feared.

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Grooming for dummies

Aim to turn up on your wedding day as a more suave, well-dressed version of yourself. Give the right attention to hair, skin and body to bring out your best…

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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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Till debt do we part

The cost of a wedding may well be the reason it’s called ‘the big day’. Budgeting is key.

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Planning timeline

The question is popped, the date is set… the countdown begins.

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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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Ring, ring: how to choose

The tradition of a man procuring a ring—THE ring—for his intended started in the 17th Century as a test of the man’s suitability for marriage.

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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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Matri-money

As one legal entity, bride and groom pledge to honour and keep both assets and liabilities from this day forward...

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Put a ring on it… or not

In an ideal world, a man proposes to his dream woman with her dream ring. Yet the mind of a woman is not easily read...

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Groom Duties

Funny things, weddings. They’re never as straightforward as they seem and they rarely seem straightforward.

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A Decent Proposal

The tail end of a proposal is the easy bit—but what happens before “will you marry me?”. Those moments will be retold, in detail, a kazillion times in the days, weeks even years to follow.

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Groom’s toast: the killer speech

Given a choice between public speaking and a torturous death, a lot of fellas would go for option B.

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Suit yourself: the perfect fit

The tailored, structured nature of suiting can be a man’s best friend, concealing all manner of bodily imperfections while smartening up one’s appearance.

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Cost control

On the one hand, the list of wedding-related expenses is as long as a stretch limo. On the other, every item on that list is somewhere that costs can be trimmed… or cut altogether.

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Diamonds for dummies

Like a woman, a good diamond is both beautiful and complex. Choosing one is no simple task.

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Say Cheese: DIY Photography

Shooting the big day your way…

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Guest Etiquette

The Essential Groom guide to being a good guest…

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When she says ‘no’

Not every marriage proposal ends well. What next?

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EG’s 3-Month Groom Tune-Up II

PART II: Nutrition. The countdown is on—time to get wedding fit...

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EG’s 3-Month Groom Tune-Up I

PART I: Exercise. The countdown is on—time to get wedding fit...

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No sweat

Top ways to beat the heat on the big day...

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VIDEO: Try this at the gym

Anyone who says treadmills are boring obviously hasn't seen this...

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Pilates 101

Not just for girls. Elite athletes swear by it...

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The art of the Buddhist warrior…

Discover the history and practice of the ancient martial art of Shaolin Kung Fu ...

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The world’s 5 most romantic cities

For a one-on-one getaway or honeymoon escape, put these places at the top of the list...

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5 Adventure Honeymoons

For daredevils and active types, a hammock just doesn’t cut it…

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The destination wedding

More and more couples choose to combine their marriage with a holiday…

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Renewing wedding vows

What prompts couples to take the plunge (again) and re-confirm their commitment to each other…?

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The Big Picture: Wedding Planning

An overview of all the tasks ahead of you...

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Saving The Date

Deciding where and when the big day happens is the first step in getting to the altar…

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Budgeting: Wedding Planning

What needs to be paid and who foots the bill..?

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The Reception: Wedding Planning

The big one—this is where most of the effort and money will go...

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The Guest List: Wedding Planning

How to decide who’s in—and who’s out…

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Attire: Wedding Planning

You're not the only person you need to dress on the big day…

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Gift Registry: Wedding Planning

Time to get a little something out of all this wedding business. Well, apart from a wife…

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The Honeymoon: Wedding Planning

Once you’re hitched, it’s time for a holiday…

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The Ceremony: Wedding Planning

Preparing for the moment that you seal the deal...

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The perfect shave: tools of the trade

For any man project, you need the right gear for the job…

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3 steps to the perfect shave

How to master the classic wet shave…

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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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4 ways to care for your ring

Your wedding ring, that is—make sure the band lasts as long as the marriage…

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6 signs your marriage will last

Getting to the altar is one thing. Sticking it out for the long haul is another matter…

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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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Winter skin care

How to change your skincare routine with the season—plus how to save $$$$ on top products…

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How to find a videographer

Four top tips for choosing someone to trust with your wedding memories.

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Diamond shapes

In gem speak, a baguette is not a bread stick and a marquise isn’t that tent where the reception is...

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Rings: Know your metal

When it comes to choosing a wedding band, will you go for gold or aim for platinum status? Or perhaps something else entirely...

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VIDEO: Making movies

A videographer with an artful eye can elevate humble wedding footage into a cinematic memento…

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Wedding insurance

Putting on a fancy outfit and walking down an aisle seems easy enough—but a lot can go wrong…

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VIDEO: How to tie a bow tie

You know the expression “it’s like riding a bike”? Tying a bow tie is nothing like that…

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Move over, Miss

Bet she won’t turn down the wedding ring—but she might refuse your name…

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Tailored ceremonies

If you’ve ever watched movies, you’d think all wedding ceremonies are the same. They don’t have to be…

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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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Nice day for a wet wedding

Water is not a groom’s friend at the best of times, but this downpour cost a pretty penny.

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Lingerie: a guide for men

Unfortunately, buying lingerie for a woman—Valentine’s Day, the wedding night or just because—isn’t as easy as watching her wear it.

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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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Ask An Expert: Picking groomsmen

Dear EG, My fiance has four bridesmaids—should I have four groomsmen? And how on earth do I choose them?

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Choosing a wedding ring

The bride’s not the only one who scores a ring out of this whole marriage thing…

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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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Ask an expert: Proposing abroad

A reader asks: what's the best way to go about popping the question overseas?

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Cologne Ranger

Follow your nose for wedding day scents matched to the man.

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The Essential Guide To Hair

From cut to care, get locks looking their wedding best.

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Honeymoon how-to

Where, when and how long you go is at the mercy of budgets and time up the sleeve. The honeymoon is your first time together as man and wife.

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The world is your oyster

Essential Groom’s not-so-comprehensive guide to honeymoon destinations.

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Nuptial negotiation

Before any meaningful planning can get underway, there are a few basics that need to be hashed out up front between groom and bride-to-be.

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