10 Fun Ways to Surprise the Groom on your Wedding Day

Hi, lovelies! Your wedding day gives you the perfect opportunity to do some sweet and thoughtful surprises for your groom! And he’ll never see it coming! Giving the groom a gift is one way to shower him with affection on your wedding day, but we’ve found some other ideas we know he will love! To inspire you, we’ve hand-picked ten of our favorite ways to surprise the groom before the ceremony and during the reception. There’s a first look, a love note, and a mascot, just to name a few. People like to say the wedding day is all about the bride, but we think that’s outdated: it’s time for the groom to share in the spotlight, too!

Tell us: which of these ideas would YOU do?

How to Surprise the Groom on your Wedding Day

1. Surprise the Groom with… a First Look

When you surprise him with a first look, he gets the opportunity to see the Bride, all dressed up and before anyone else! Make sure your photographer is ready to snap those candid smiles.

Blindfolded Groom - First Look - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

before the first look! – photo: mint photography via my wedding

2. A Love Note

Whether given to him by the flower girl…

Surprise the groom with a note - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: dnk photography

… or before the wedding.

Love note before the wedding - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: rick redd

3. A Mascot

Favorite sports team mascot? College mascot? He’ll love it.

Surprise him with a mascot - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

via pinterest

4. A Note on his Tie

Hand-embroider a secret message…

Embroidered Tie - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding


… or have a tie patch sewn on.

Tie Patch - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: janae shields

5. A Garter of His Favorite Team

Surprise him with a garter with his favorite team - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: lorie chambless

6. An ‘I Love You’ as he puts on your Ring

'I Love You' on ring finger for when he puts on the ring - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: freshly wed

7. A Scotch Bar


via martha stewart weddings

8. Socks (in case of ‘cold feet’)

In Case You Get Cold Feet Socks - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

silkscreen express

9. A Choreographed Dance

Surprise him with a dance - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding


10. Surprise the Groom with… a Groom’s Cake

Pick something he’ll love… whether he’s an avid golfer, video game player, or Star Wars fan.

Groom's Cake - Golf Themed

photo: dayna mae photography via weddingstar


Want to travel to the ceremony with the entire wedding party? Just blindfold the groom so you can hang out before the ceremony (without him seeing your dress!) Love.

Blindfolded Groom - Travel together but blindfold the groom so you can hang out before the ceremony

photo: cjk visuals via bayside bride

So… what would YOU do? Tell us below!

Happy Planning!


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