Meridian, Mississippi Wedding Film | Frameblender Films | Stephanie + Tommie

Check out Stephanie and Tommie’s Meridian, Mississippi wedding film by Frameblender Films.  They never disappoint!

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6 Affordable Gifts Your Groomsmen Will Actually Want

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s still possible to find affordable groomsmen gifts that they’ll actually want. You don’t have to shell out more money to have the perfect gifts.  Here are a few practical and budget-friendly items you can consider

1. Beer mugs 
You can never go wrong with beer mugs. If your guys love their hoppy brews, this gift is perfect for your chugging sessions. Find one that is big enough to carry large quantities or opt for ones that are customizable. You can find online shops that sell customized mugs which are perfect for making a toast on your big day.

groomsman gift beer mug

2.  Flasks
If your buddy enjoys taking a swig every now and then, you can give him a flask to carry around. There are a variety of designs that will suit every personality. This Stealth Phone Flask is great for sneaking alcohol to almost any location as it looks nearly similar to a cellphone. It’s just right for when he needs a sip – nobody will suspect at a glance!

groomsman gift flask

3. Pocket tools
Pocket tools can be very handy in certain situations and it’s great for guys who like to tinker around. They come with a variety of tools from a small functional knife to pliers that you can easily fold. It’s always better to choose tools that are made of stainless-steel as they last longer. Some are even made with lightweight material which makes them easier to carry around.

groomsman gift pocket knife

4. Cufflinks
You can never go wrong with a pair of gorgeous cufflinks but remember to keep your friend’s style in mind. Cufflinks can come in a variety of designs and materials from a wacky scrabble looking pieces to ones that look like shotgun shells. If you’re not sure what style they would like, choose a classic design like this Silver Round Beaded Cufflink. Its look and monogrammed letters will make your guy feel more sophisticated and distinguished.

groomsman gift cufflinks

5. Pub Signs
Make your guys reminisce their bachelor days with awesome pub signs that are perfect to hang around their pad. Sports-related pub signs are top choices as well as retro designs. These pub signs will bring out their sports pride while retro designs will add to their old school charm. Have their names added to make the signs more personalized.

groomsman gift pub signs

6. Cooler or Travel Bag
If you’re still confused on what to get, a cool cooler or travel bag is always a great gift.  I especially like the looks of these olive combat coolers and tan combat travel bags.  For a more personal touch, have them embroidered with their names or initials. 


With these cool and personalized groomsmen gifts, you can give your guys items they would actually want without breaking the bank.

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8 Tips on Giving a Toast at a Rehearsal Dinner

rehearsal dinner toastingToasting at a rehearsal dinner is usually started by the groom’s father; or the person hosting the dinner.  They start off by welcoming guests and saying a few words followed by the best man and maid of honor toasts.   If the bride’s mother and/or father want to make a toast, they would go next, followed by any siblings of the bride and groom.  


  1. Take the time to write something special before the wedding weekend. Practice it a few times.  Just don’t wing it! 
  2. Introduce yourself and tell everyone how you know the bride and groom. 
  3. Keep it short and sweet. 1-3 minutes max. 
  4. Don’t drink too much before you give your toast. You don’t want to make it awkward for everyone present.  
  5. Hold the mic close enough to your mouth.  A few inches away is perfect.
  6. Don’t breathe into the mic. 
  7. Don’t tell embarrassing stories or inside jokes.  Be nice and keep it positive.  
  8. Speak to both the bride and groom, even if you don’t know one of them that well.
  9. End the toast strong by raising your glass and wishing the couple a lifetime of happiness. 

To end, the groom will usually say a few words, or the groom’s father can end by thanking everyone for coming.  


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Traditional Wedding Expenses Covered by the Groom

 grooms wedding expenses photo credits April + Paul

A common question I get asked by parents of the groom is: “What are the traditional wedding expenses covered by the groom and their family?”

Although, a lot of couples getting married today are already established in their careers and are able to help pay for part (or sometimes all) of the wedding, or have help from both the bride and grooms family.  Some couples may have a grandparent donating to the wedding budget or other family member.  

what do grooms traditionally pay for

According to Emily Post, of the Emily Post Institute: “Up to 70 percent of weddings are paid for by the couple themselves, or by some combination which may include the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. If the costs are being shared, communication is the key to keeping harmony. Any discussion about money should be both dignified and candid.”

Traditional Wedding Expenses Covered by The Groom (and his family)

  1. Bride’s engagement and wedding ring
  2. Groom’s attire
  3. Marriage license
  4. Rehearsal dinner 
  5. Officiant’s fee or donation  (plus lodging expenses if from another town and invited to officiate by the groom’s family)
  6. The bride’s bouquet
  7. Groomsmen and ushers boutonnieres
  8. Corsages and/or nosegays for mothers and grandmothers
  9. Groom’s gift to the bride
  10. Gifts for the groomsmen and ushers
  11. Gift for the groom’s parents (optional, but usually done)
  12. Honeymoon expenses
  13. Transportation from the reception to the honeymoon
  14. Accommodations for the groom’s out-of-town attendants (optional)

what do grooms pay for traditionally


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