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Today we’d like to share with you a great little infographic from the guys over at The Wedding Band Shop all about those little details that can help to make your wedding live long in the memories of all your guests.

Wonderful Wedding Details-An Infographic

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Stag Dos. These days there’s so much more to them than simply hitting as many Jager Bomb serving bars as possible in a short space of time then eating foul tasting kebabs and waking up chained to a lamp-post. Nowadays you’re more likely to end up travelling abroad and hitting slightly more continental tequila serving bars, finishing the night off with something that looks like a kebab but turns out to be horse and waking up handcuffed to the Eiffel Tower. But for those looking for something even more different a new trend is emerging: The TV Themed Stag Do.

Now fear not brave stags, this doesn’t mean staying in and watching a few episodes of Countryfile over a glass of Chardonay, there’s all kinds of TV inspired Stag Do ideas out there for even the craziest of Stags. So we reckon it’s time we hand the blog over to the Stag and Hen experts to give you the run-down of what you can get up to!

Zombie Bootcamp (Walking Dead) 2

Forget awkward lamppost encounters and terrible decisions with electric razors, the modern man’s stag do is now far more likely to imitate his favourite TV show. Whether it’s an action-packed weekend paying homage to Jack Bauer or spending a night in a zombie infested bunker á la Rick Grimes, there is a growing trend for TV themed weekends. Here’s our favourite rundown of TV inspired weekend ideas:

The Walking Dead 

With series five starting in October, there’s a palpable Walking Dead fever in the air. Horror activities have enjoyed a massive boom this decade, with ‘Zombie Actor’ now a recognised profession that’s in surprisingly high demand. There are zombie races, where terrifying looking actors chase you through fields at night; zombie battles are a regular occurrence in Greenwich and entrepreneurs have overtaken abandoned warehouses and malls to create completely immersive horror activities. Zombie Boot Camp gives a full background and plot to people who take part, with convincing spoof news dating back to 2010 about virus outbreaks and Government call to arms. The experience even includes an overnight stay in military accommodation!  To keep even the alcohol consumption zombie themed, there’s a genuine ‘Walker’ beer available from Dock Street Brewery that’s made with smoked goats’ brains.

Ice Bar London (Game of Thrones)

Game of Thrones 

If the ‘Bedding’ wedding ritual is anything to go by, we dread to think of the hijinks involved in a Game of Thrones stag do ceremony, especially if Tyrion Lannister and Littlefinger were involved (and you know they would be). However in real life, Game of Thrones inspired stag activities include escapades beyond the wall with tours of the Icelandic film set locations. You can recreate the atmosphere in London though with a trip to the London Ice Bar or imagine yourself scaling the wall like Jon Snow himself with an abseiling adventure in Edinburgh or the Brecon Beacons.

Playboy Weekend (Geordie Shore)

Geordie Shore 

Love or hate the reality show, the antics of the Geordie Shore cast have played no small part in the rejuvenation of tourism in Newcastle. Newcastle is now deemed to be one of the most popular UK cities for a stag break thanks to the program showcasing the free-spirited and unpretentious Geordie nightlife.  You can easily experience a night out that would make Gaz and the rest of the Buck Squad proud with ready-made city break bundles like the Big Geordie Shore Playboy Weekend, which includes two nights’ accommodation, a party bus, brewery tour, nude life drawing class and a night out with Newcastle’s finest Bunny Girls!

Shooting Days (24)

24: Live Another Day 

Time to get serious; Jack Bauer has no time for Bunny Girls. The latest instalment of 24, Live Another Day, was set in London and included action of epic proportions (Wembley Stadium was destroyed with hijacked missiles and Bauer had no less than 39 on-screen kills throughout the series!) There are plenty of ways to recreate some of the heart-racing stunts on a 24 themed weekend in London, from leaping tall buildings with a Free Running session to speeding down the Thames on an RIB boat tour. If you want to get as trigger happy as Jack does, head over to Riga, Krakow or Tallin for a whole number of high octane experiences, from handgun and AK47 shooting packages through to SWAT training and tandem parachute jumps, (all available through Maximise).

Las Vegas Pool Party (Entourage)


Get your bromance on with an Entourage themed break in Los Angeles. For guys looking to tread the same steps as Vincent Chase, a trip to LA is hard to beat – you can visit the Paramount and Warner Bros. studios, parade down Santa Monica beach and party at the Crazy Girls Stripclub where the guys went to make Drama feel better in season one. You can even eat at the same restaurants as the Entourage men with the Entourage Restaurant Map which pinpoints every LA venue used in the show, from Harold & Belle’s on W. Jefferson Blvd where Turtle and Jamie-Lynn get Jambalaya, to the Village Pizzeria in Beverley Hills where Eric gets messed about by Seth Green. For some real Entourage glamour, head over to Las Vegas where stag groups can easily book in a helicopter tour before getting VIP entry to the clubs and cooling down at exclusive pool parties.

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BvG 1000

Over the weekend Bride Vs Groom reached something of a landmark – we’re proud to say we have now published over 1000 posts on our little blog!! That’s 1000 articles of top tips and advice, weekly debates on all the hot wedding questions, entries from our own wedding diary, some occasional nonsense from our gormless groom and of course regular updates from the self declared most important member of the BvG family: Small Dog. When we first started writing about our own wedding and a few articles we thought might help from our experiences as professional “wedding insiders” we had no idea that we’d still be writing away 1000 posts later and nor did we expect such a phenomenal response from our amazing readers. We hope you continue to find Bride Vs Groom a useful resource and we’d like to thank all of our incredible guest contributors who have provided their help and expertise, not least some of our regular writers like Bhavna Barratt, Holly Jazz Kotzé, Helen Guy, Simply Bridal and all the awesome photographers and videographers who have allowed us to share their work over the last two and a half years. There’s definitely no way we could have managed to publish (at least) one article every day alongside running our own businesses without your expert help!! We’d also like to thank the unbelievably talented Emily Pithon for creating our beloved illustrations that were at the heart of what we wanted Bride Vs Groom to be.

This blog is very much a labour of love, thanks for sticking with us and inspiring us to keep on producing the blog for the baffled bride and groom.

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So much planning goes into a wedding day yet it’s so often the unplanned moments, the completely spontaneous surprises that are so often our favourites. Today’s story frame definitely falls into that category as our uber-cute page boy decided that so long as rings were being given out he wanted in on the action! It was a perfect moment and one that brought a smile to everyone’s faces, not least our gorgeous bride!
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The wedding ring: a symbol of unending love and unity and of the commitment you have made to one another. But whilst most couples do exchange rings as part of their wedding ceremony, many men in particular choose not to wear them afterwards. But is it really important to keep wearing that symbol at all times or once you’ve made that commitment is it best to keep that ring in a safe place rather than wear it day to day?

Time to put it to the debate!


In the Red Corner, arguing for the wedding ring to be worn day in, day out, but then she is a big Lord of the Rings Fan, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, putting forth the arguments for why it’s fine to only wear it for special occasions, particularly since after wearing it every day he was shocked on one occasion to find it missing, only to discover it inches from the drain in the shower, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Mens Rings – To Wear or Not to Wear


Dom: If the wedding ring is supposed to be an outward symbol of the commitment you have made to one another then surely it should be there for all to see at all times, otherwise its purpose is lost.

Matt: But the commitment you’re making is far bigger than a ring, not wearing it every day doesn’t mean that you’re any less committed to the other person it’s just a personal preference.

Dom: Permanently wearing something that says “hands-off” to other women is a strong sign of your commitment to be faithful only to your wife.

Matt: But if a husband lacked that level of commitment he would simply take the ring off when someone showed interest anyway. Surely a stronger display of your love is to actually have to tell someone you’re taken when they’re showing interest rather than wear something to warn people off in the first place.

Dom: Women are always expected to wear their wedding ring and are likely to be asked if something’s wrong when they don’t wear it. Why should this be different for men?

Matt: It shouldn’t be different, it’s also completely the woman’s choice whether she wants to wear a ring or not and surely she would only be questioned about it if she normally wore it every day and then suddenly stopped?

Dom: Men don’t tend to wear as much jewellery as women so for a man who doesn’t like jewellery to commit to wearing a ring every day for his wife is quite special.

Matt: But because men are often less used to wearing jewellery they’re probably more likely to lose or damage it. Mens rings tend to be bulkier and more plain than women’s and therefore very easy to scratch and ruin the look of.

Dom: Wedding rings are a great reminder of your partner and when you’re feeling down or lonely being reminded of your wedding day and that person who loves you so much can be a great way of cheering yourself up!

Matt: Some men are just too worried about damaging or losing their wedding ring and would therefore rather keep it locked away safely and only wear it on special occasions. This doesn’t mean it’s any less important to them, in fact it means it’s so important they want to protect it!


So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Will you be wearing your wedding ring day in day out? Place your vote in our poll below or leave a comment to join the debate!

Mens Rings: To Wear Vs Not to Wear
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