Remind your guy exactly why heâ€™s your main squeeze with an Advent calendarâ€“style countdown. Twenty-five days out, give your groom this handmade memento thatâ€™s all about him. Type something sappy, keep it light, or skip words altogether and glue on little photos of you two instead. Our favorite option is a mix of all of the above. Every morning, he can peel back a tab to get a daily dose of love.
This shiny new take on the traditional lapel flower is an instant heirloom. Have a metal disc engraved for your fiance with your initials and wedding date. Then sew it to a ribbon bow and glue or sew the fabric to a flat-back safety pin (at craft stores).
Rembrandt Charms charm #4604 (rembrandtcharms.com for stores). Mokuba New York 9mm all-stitch satin ribbon #1120, color 25 (212-869-8900).
Recalling the winning air of an award rosette, this little adornment flourishes even in the depths of winter. Use a kit (found at notions shops) to convert the fabric into covered buttons. To make, sew a smaller button on top of a larger one with embroidery floss. Glue to the head of a hat pin with jeweler's glue.
For a modern take on men's formalwear, have your groom skip the bow tie and rental tuxedo, and opt instead for a classic, single-breasted black suit and tie. Finish off with a crisp white dress shirt, cap-toe leather oxfords, suspenders, smoky onyx cuff links, and a pocket square, and, voila, the perfect wedding attire. And with just a few adjustments (nix the pocket square and the cuff links), presto, his outfit is transformed into one that he can wear to parties -- even to other weddings at any time of day.
The groom and groomsmen will have a special keepsake if they wear these everlasting beaded boutonnieres. You will need vintage or new beaded leaves and pearlescent floral pips, along with floral tape and green double-sided seam binding. The pips come four or five to a bunch. Cluster three or four sets of pips together with three leaves; wrap them with floral tape. Then wrap them again in the seam binding. Affix to lapels using straight pins.