Bushing Belle: Groom's Guide to the Southern Gentleman

Here are some quick tips, tricks, traditions and more to get you cowboys to your casanova best for your big day.

Style

Bowties 
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Bowties have been a southern groom tradition for a long time, and quite frankly it will never go out of style. Southern weddings traditionally are more colorful and full of flare, so your bowtie choice can speak more to your personality. Be sure to coordinate your bowtie with your grooms party and perhaps the wedding's color scheme as well. 

The Something Tradition
Old, New, Borrowed and Blue. This one isn't just for the ladies. Something old could be anything from a pair of cufflinks that have been passed down from generation to generation, or an incredibly dusty suit jacket you stumbled upon at the local Goodwill that just fits you perfectly. Something new is yes anything that you recently purchase for your big day, but it should still be able to tie in with the rest of your ensemble. Borrowed definitely should have some family or friend significance. Something blue may be a bit more difficult considering that it may contradict with your color scheme, but check out this article 6 Ways Grooms Can Add Something Blue for some tips!

Add some Flare

Colorful and flashy socks, bowties, ties, or kerchiefs are perfect ways to add subtle flare to any ensemble.
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Khaki, light blue, pink, these are all shirt colors that offer a bit of pizzazz as opposed to the classic white undershirt. If you do go white, make sure it is a BRIGHT WHITE, or else the shirt may seem dingy in photos.
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Shoes, keep it classy and comfortable but you can go with cowboy boots or tasseled loafers to add some style to your outfit.
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Groom's Cake

The Groom's Cake is a southern tradition that has recently become quite popular for the modern wedding. A Groom's Cake is a cake baked (or commissioned/designed) by the bride for the groom based off of his interests, likes and hobbies.
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Monograms

If you can brand it, stitch on it, or write on it--monogram it. Monograms are an important tradition because it unifies the event as your own. Monogram your breast pocket kerchief, the back of your tie, even your socks! Make sure to sign your special day.
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DIY: 52 Reasons I Love You Valentine

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Step One:
Gather Materials-
-Full deck of cards
-Hot glue, glue stick, adhesive
-Hole punch
-Ruler
-Binder rings
-Marker (or printer)
-Paper (or printer)

Step Two:
Hole punch your cards. Make sure all of the cards line up!

Step Three:
Measure your cards in order to measure the "stickers" for your 52 reasons booklet. For example, if your cards have a small square on them, measure it (say maybe 3inx2in) and then sketch out rectangles on a piece of paper. You can also make them on your computer and print them out.

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Print out one of these templates.

Step Four:
Write your 52 reasons in your squares (either right on the paper with a marker, or typed onto the template) Here are some suggestions-
52 Reasons Why I Love You
52 Reasons I Love NAME
Physical features: Your eyes, cute butt, etc.
The way you kiss me
Your song: "Barefoot Blue Jean Night", "If My Heart Had Wings"
Location of your first date
An inside joke
Personality quirks: you like ketchup on your pancakes, your goofy laugh
Things you do together: Party Down South marathons, When we cook and don't burn the house down

Step Five:
Cut out your reasons and glue them onto your cards.

Step Six:
Put together your cards onto the rings.

 

Stuff To Get the Fancy Redneck On Your Nice List

1. Redneck Couture

Okay, so here's some self promotion, but seriously...we are the fanciest of fancy redneck apparel. Get a pair or two of Boot Bling, some rad tanks and tees or a cozy cardigan to keep you warm this holiday season! Redneck Couture is a small business that is designed, made and shipped from the US. Shipping is always free and satisfaction is guaranteed!
 

2._____ of the Month Club

Gift cards are an excellent gift to give to the person who is super difficult to shop for, but a subscription to a month club is a gift that keeps on giving and allows someone the opportunity to try new things that you know he or she will enjoy! 

Search for the Perfect Month Club
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Craft Beer Club
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Cheese of the Month Club
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Variety of the Month Club
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3. Concert Tickets

Give the gift of music and a rad time this holiday season and purchase tickets for the country music junkie in your life! Check out tour dates, purchase a couple of tickets and wrap them up with a CD from the artist.
Country Concerts 2016
Country Music Festivals 2016

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4. DIY Gifts 

Create something cute, sweet, simple, fun, expensive, ridiculous or original! There are plenty of incredible DIY gifts to give this holiday season and are perfect for everyone on your list from significant others, family, friends, to neighbors and coworkers!
25 DIY Insanely Cute Projects That Will Fill You With Joy
28 DIY Candles That Will Help You Brave the Cold
DIY Homemade Gifts for Christmas
25 Favorite Neighbor Gift Ideas
Adult Hot Chocolate Kit
25 DIY Gifts You Can Make in Under an Hour
25 Gifts for Kids to Make This Christmas
50+ Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

5. Cash

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Yes, it seems to be one of those "impersonal" gifts, but trust me anyone would be happy to open a big box of green this holiday season. 

6. Gift Cards

(pelicanweb) Okay, again this may seem impersonal, but at the same time it allows the grad to be in control of what he/she receives in the respect of what he/she needs. Gas? Clothes? School supplies? Groceries? Furniture? Try these fine places for gift cards!
Amazon
Staples
Pier 1
Amtrak
Walmart
Redneck Couture
Old Navy
Best Buy
Ulta
Gas Cards
Spotify
iTunes
FYE
Visa
Starbucks
Kohls
Bath and Body Works
Bed, Bath and BEYOND
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AMC or Regal
Fandango
Target
Barnes & Noble
DSW
Marshall's
Home Goods
Dick's Sporting Goods
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7. Streaming Subscription

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Binge watching TV shows may be a New Years' resolution, so give the gift of entertainment with a Netflix, Amazon or Hulu subscription.

8. Chargers

Keep the techy redneck happy with chargers! 
>Portable chargers for the car
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>Wireless charger
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>Case charger
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9. Shotglasses, Drinkware and Boozy Accessories

Funny Flasks
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Check out our other gift guides here, here, here, here and here for more ideas and suggestions! Have a happy holiday!

DIY for the Southern Gentleman

Every week, we publish a fun DIY craft for our readers. However, more often than not, these DIY fashion ideas are for the ladies. This is a list of DIY projects for the cowboys to take a shot at, or if you would like to make something for the southern gent in your life! Don't forget to snap a pic of your craft when you're done and tag us. You'll be featured on our social media pages and you might win some cool stuff!

Men's Skinny Tie by A Beautiful Mess

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Insulated Beer Koozies by Positively Splendid

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Altoids Sours BBQ Grill by Instructables

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Garage Shelves by Parties for Pennies

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Swiss Army Key Ring by GuyManningham

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Bar Made From Wooden Shipping Pallets by Aly

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Bacon Salt by Chopin And My Saucepan

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Mason Jar Superhero Bank by Fireflies and Mud Pies

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Altoids Survival Kit by Indefinitely Wild

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Spoiled Southern: Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Cowboy

Premium Poker Set, $68.59

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Bacon of the Month Club, $6.00-$195.00

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Old Fashioned Beer Bottle Opener, $22.00

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Beer Holsters, $28.00

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Redneck Couture Tee, $28.00

Fancy Shaving Kit, $25.00

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Handmade Personalized Flask, $199.99

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Personalized Wood Handle Pocket Knife, $12.99
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The Guide To Urban Moonshining Handbook, $19.21

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Have a happy Valentine's Day and don't forget that if you order your Cowboy Casanova or yourself anything from Redneck Couture, shipping is FREE!