Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bringing The Man Cave To Weddings

Oh the man cave -- the only room in the entire house that most guys care about. So, why not have a man cave area at your wedding reception? I know there is some confusion and a lot of scrunching of the noses, but think about it . . . many times when you go to weddings, especially if they are more formal, you can look around the room and see at least 1/3 of the men there with a bored look on their face. Well, with a man cave, you can change that! 

The man cave idea was first mentioned by The Knot as a new trend for 2011, and I think it is a great idea. Depending on your wedding theme, you can make the man cave a fun place to hang with the guys or a sophisticated lounge. I suggest putting the man cave somewhere near the open bar, so that they can have easy access to drinks, instead of having to walk all the way across the room. If your hubby is a brandy man then set up a brandy bar in the area, if he is into good ole' beer, then set up a big ice chest. Another idea would be to have a TV in the area. If there is a big sports game on, or a UFC fight the guys will flock to the man cave and let the ladies have some fun on the dance floor. Set up a cigar bar for the men with all of your husband's favorites. If you want to get really fancy, then you can even hire a cigar roller. You can use personalized matches as your wedding favor for the guys as well.

If your man is a total gamer, then set up an Xbox with all of his favorite games. You can also set up a band hero competition and whoever wins has to perform on the dance floor for everyone. Want to make it more of a bar scene? Try to find a place with a pool table and set up darts for the guys, or make it a casino night with a poker table. Have your photographer spend some quality time with the guys. I guarantee you that you will find some great pictures that you wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.

Now ladies, I know you are thinking that if there was a man cave your groom would be no where to be found for the entire wedding, but that's not true. The man cave is more for the men who were invited to the wedding. Of course the groom will wander over there several times, but if you close off the area when something important is going on such as the first dance, cutting the cake, or the bouquet toss, then your man will still participate in the wedding. This is a great idea for large weddings with a lot of guests that may not want to sit through a three or four hour wedding reception. And don't forget that the ladies will see this as a positive as well because they won't have to worry about keeping their date entertained.

Overall, a man cave at a wedding is a win-win for everyone! It will leave a lasting impression on all your guests and leave them feeling happy that they were part of your special day.


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