About The Man Registry
It’s the ultimate test for the girlfriend/fiancé: does she like your friends? We hope that the answer to this question is a resounding yes… unfortunately, there are always some brides and bros that just can’t seem to get along.
It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s very important for your soon-to-be-wife to at least have an amicable relationship with your man-crushes, especially those that will be in your wedding party
(and visa versa).
She may be concerned that you’re not ready to give up your Friday night poker, Saturday night bar-hopping and Sunday afternoon football man-time.
Your friends are probably thinking that once you take that walk down the aisle, you’ll never be seen or heard from again.
If you're suffering from this bride vs. bro dilemma, we have a certain word of wisdom for you: compromise
. It's hard to hear – but from now on you're going to have to share time with the Mrs. and your friends. Your Best Man and groomsmen are also going to have to perform their wedding day duties with smiles on their faces, so it might be wise to start thinking how this fence can be mended before the big day arrives.
So, what’s the resolution? Here are some ideas on how you can get both sides together (and maybe even find out that they have more in common than originally thought):
Start a co-ed softball or bowling league
– Try a psychological approach by putting your fiancé and your buddies “on the same team.” These weekly get-togethers can be a lot of fun and can definitely build some comradery.
Dinner and drinks night
– Start a new tradition of holding a rotating dinner and drinks night. They can be held at homes or out at favorite restaurants. There’s nothing like having a few cocktails to get to the root of any old disagreements. By the 2nd week, everyone will be BFF.
– Get the best of both worlds. Does your fiancé have any single friends? Do you? Why not try setting them up? You never know, this may lead to you not being the only guy in the group getting married. And hey, wouldn’t getting him a new girlfriend qualify as a groomsman gift
: Sounds pretty easy, right guys? Not so fast. Guys, you need to make an effort to get to know her close friends as well (even if you secretly can’t stand them). Marriage is a two-way street, get used to it!
We want to hear some bride vs. bro stories from the readers of OneWed. Have you had any difficult situations to work through? How did you do it?