In modern society, it is a given that the guy is supposed to surprise the gal. Popping the big question at your favorite restaurant, throwing that surprise 30th-birthday party, showing up at your door with flowers and a chick flick when you've had a bad day, etc. Why not take the opportunity to turn the tables and surprise HIM on your big day? Show him that you too, are skilled in the art of the unexpected and shower him with a secret attack of sentiment. Here are 10 charming ways to surprise your groom:
1. Geek Garter
Surprise your sweetheart with a pop culture garter that is specific to his geeky passions like his favorite superhero, video game, tv show, or sports team.
[photo: Something Blue Wedding Photography]
2. Love Letter
Tell him how much he means and how excited you are by crafting a quick, from-the-heart love note. Hide it in his dopp kit, or be extra cute and give it to the flower girl or the ring bearer to give to him when they reach the alter.
[photo: dnk Photography]
3. Message on a Fingernail
We love this clever, sneak attack of putting a tiny message on the polish of your ring finger. When he grabs your left hand and pulls it towards him, watch both his and your eyes well up.
[photo: Freshly Wed]
4. Lego Links
Everything is awesome indeed! Before the wedding, stash a pair of Lego cufflinks among his belongings. Or better yet, give them to his best man so he can help apply them.
[credit: Michelle Prunty Photography via WeddingsOnline.ie]
5. Tender Tie
If you are a crafty cat, you can try sewing or embroidering a secret tender message of love on the underside of his tie. He'll find this as he's getting dressed, and it's 100% guaranteed to melt his heart.
[Janae Shields Photography]
6. Groom Gear
We've all heard about wedding survival kits, but those mostly include items for the bride. Why not assemble a groom kit, complete with everything your guy's gonna need like socks, mints, and maybe a wee bit of alcohol for nerves.
7. Sentimental Sway
Put together a kick-ass dance routine with your bridesmaids to show him how you move. Dance to some Uptown Funk, Single Ladies, or even a mash-up of some classic dance hits.
[photo: Craig Warga Photography]
8. Emotional Engraving
Get his wedding band engraved on the down low. Write your own inscription, because it will be more special that way. Keep it short, simple, and from the heart.
[photo: Susan Stripling]
9. Double Take Cake
We are willing to bet that your man is a Star Wars junkie, and that it's probably at a fever pitch lately with the release of the new film. Have your baker hide a Star Wars design in the back of the cake, and watch his eyes gleam like lightsabers!
[cake design: Julia Baker; photo: TierByTier.co.uk]
Nothing delightfully surprises a newly-wed groom more than a little something special on your wedding night. Wow him with some new lingerie that you think he would love and spoil yourself at the same time.
[photo: Claire Pettibone lingerie]
How are you planning on surprising YOUR groom? Tell us about it in the comment section below.