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Manly Wedding Ideas

Kara Horner manly wedding ideas featuring groomsmen drinking whiskey and smoking cigars

Looking for some manly wedding ideas to incorporate into your big day? There are plenty of fun and creative ways the groom can add some masculine touches to the wedding and express his personality. Check out some of our favorite guy-friendly ideas for the wedding reception.

For whiskey, beer & cocktail lovers

beer growler table number

Okay, so there will likely be flowers. But why not make them the coolest centerpieces you’ve ever seen by incorporating whiskey decanters or beer growlers to house flowers or use as table numbers?

groomsmen gifts for whiskey and beer lovers

Want your groomsmen gifts to stand out from the crowd? Thank your groomsmen, best man and dads for their role in the wedding day with beer- or whiskey-themed gifts they’ll actually use, such as pilsner glasses, flasks, whiskey decanters, growlers and bottle carriers.

mini pub sign replicas as table names

Love pub crawling together in college? Create mini DIY hometown or local pub sign replicas of your favorite watering holes to personalize each table at the reception.

beer canoe for the reception

What’s cooler than a regular old bar? A boatload of beer. Literally. Why not serve up a few cold ones or kegs in a wheel (beer) barrow or canoe bar?

mini liquor wedding favors

Offer wedding favors your guests are sure to use, such as mini bottles of your favorite bourbon or whiskey blend. Pair them with cigars and matches for extra points.

jack daniels wedding centerpiece

Use whiskey barrels for décor throughout the reception venue or as table bases to create a bar station, or employ liquor crates as the foundation for table centerpieces or to dress up the gift or escort card table.

martini station

Channel “Mad Men” and set up a make-your-own martini station, complete with olives and fun stirrers.

his and hers signature cocktails

Offer his and hers (or Mr. and Mrs.) signature cocktails as a fun way to show off your individual tastes and personalities.

For cigar aficionados

after dinner scotch and cigars station

Consider setting up an after-dinner scotch and cigar bar where guests can sip and smoke. Make sure to throw in cigar cutters and matches.

professional cigar roller

Take the cigar bar idea from awesome to epic by hiring a professional cigar roller to entertain guests at the reception.

personalized cigar labels

Give your groomsmen cigars with personalized labels as a gift for participating in the wedding.

For sports fans

enter the wedding reception under a canopy of baseball bats

If you both live for America’s favorite pastime, play on a softball team or caught a game on your first date, why not create a fun and memorable moment by entering your reception under a canopy of baseball bats held by the wedding party?


Incorporate sports by having guests sign a jersey (or ball) from your favorite team personalized with your last name in lieu of a guest book, create framed mini jersey prints that sport each table’s number at the reception, or use baseballs, hockey pucks, golf balls or tennis balls in vases for centerpieces.

golf bag grooms cake

Highlight the groom’s favorite hobby by serving up a separate, sports-themed groom’s cake (like this fun golf bag cake) for a fun dessert option, alongside your wedding cake.

football garter toss

Toss the garter on a football for a creative twist on the tradition.

Manly wedding ideas for BBQ masters

serve barbeque at the wedding reception

Live in a town that’s known for BBQ? Serve barbecued meats or set up a separate BBQ station for guests to enjoy with your favorite offerings such as ribs, pulled pork or chicken, burnt ends, sides and more.


BBQ rub wedding favors

Cap off the night by providing homemade or favorite local BBQ rubs or sauces as wedding favors that your guests can take home and enjoy.

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Which of these manly wedding ideas would be perfect for your big day? Let us know in the comment section below.

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