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Gifts for Your Groomsmen

CATERING ROCCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TACOS 339 Adams Street (next door to the Marriott Hotel), Brooklyn, NY, 11201 718-246-8226,, Roccoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tacos and Tequila Bar is known for molcajetes (their version of fajitas), served in a piping hot lava rock bowl, as well as guacamole thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made fresh tableside. Mexican-born Chef Freddy Tlatelpa brings authenticity to the daily specials as well as the various regional specialties on the everyday menu. Roccoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves over 400 tequilas, specialty margaritas and an extensive list of draft and bottle beers. Five dining rooms, which feature hand-selected decor from Mexico, include fun themed rooms (Star Wars crossed with DĂ­a de Muertos; masked luchadorwrestlers), and can accommodate many types of private events.

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUES GRAND OAKS COUNTRY CLUB 200 Huguenot Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312 718-356-2771, Grand Oaks Country Club offers great service, signature cuisine and a beautiful banquet facility . We guarantee that your guests will be talking about their wonderful experience for years to come.

TIO PEPE 168 W. Fourth Steet, New York, NY 10014 212-242-9338, At Tio Pepe you have a choice of atmosphere. The skylight dining room supplies a touch of romance while the enclosed sidewalk cafe provides a room with a view of Greenwich Village.

LUXURY LIVING INTERIOR MOTIF: BLINDS, SHADES & CLOSETS 629 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 201-418-9860, E-mail:, With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we are devoted in ensuring your total satisfaction from beginning to end. Every staff member has been trained in order to provide exceptional service and to recommend the best product to suit your needs. Our policy is that everything must be done to perfection, the design, the measurements, the installation and the after sales customer support. We tackle all types of projects, big or small, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to contact us for your free consultation. We look forward to meeting you! REQUEST YOUR FREE CONSULTATION 888-55-MOTIF. Ask Us How You Can Save Up To $250.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO NY PHOTO VIDEO GROUP 1040 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NY 11010 or 11 Michael Ave., Farmingdale, NY 11735 OfďŹ ce: 516-352-3188, Joe Cell: 516-445-8054, Peter Cell: 516-343-6662 Email:, New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Reputable award-winning Photography & Cinematography Studio Specializing in Weddings, Sweet 16s, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Communions & Anniversaries. Our Highly Talented Team of Cinematographers will Film your Special Event unobtrusivley and will capture every aspect of your day in Full High DeďŹ nition with the latest State of the Art Cameras. Our Style is a fusion of Modern, Documentary, Photo Journalistic & always a Personal Touch.

VACATION SPOT THE HIGHLANDS INN 240 Valley View Lane, Bethlehem, NH 03574 Contact / Reservations: 603-869-3978 / 877-LES-B-INN E-mail: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Highlands Inn is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lesbian paradiseâ&#x20AC;? and is the perfect place to celebrate and legalize your commitment to one another or to honeymoon. We have operated exclusively as a lesbian vacation destination since 1983! We are a 16 room Inn located on 100 private wooded acres in the heart of The White Mountains of New Hampshire. Click on our link to learn more about this very peaceful and supportive womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space. We look forward to helping you plan your special day.

WEDDING VENUE/HONEYMOON RESORT THE INN AT LEOLA VILLAGE 38 Deborah Drive, Route 23, Leola, PA 17540 877-669-5094, Rise above the ordinary and celebrate your wedding here with us at The Inn at Leola Village. Once an Amish farm, now is Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most awarded wedding resort venue, offering rustic elegance, Five Star culinary accolades, an Italian wedding garden, intimate and grand reception venues, an onsite Spa and Salon, Pastry Chef and Floral Designer and a Nationally acclaimed Four Diamond Historic Inn. Please join us for a personal tour of The Inn at Leola Village and discover how our team of wedding professionals will listen and orchestrate the wedding of your dreams. Dream, dine, dance and celebrate your wedding at The Inn at Leola Village. 24

Weddings are steeped in tradition, and one of the more enjoyable ones is the custom of gifting members of the wedding party. Brides, whether lesbian or straight, may readily draw on their bridesmaids to help plan the wedding, while grooms might not be prone to do the same. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean grooms donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go above and beyond when gifting their groomsmen. The following are a handful of unique groomsmen gift ideas:


GUYSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DAY OUT While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customary to gift groomsmen with mementos of the wedding that they can keep for years to come, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no law forbidding grooms from gifting an â&#x20AC;&#x153;experience.â&#x20AC;? Grooms can book a day or night out for after the wedding, buying each groomsmen a ticket to a hot Broadway show or a concert, and paying for dinner for the whole crew. Or consider a more adventurous outing, such as a group bungee jump or whitewater rafting trip. Provide a memento by ordering a handful of specially designed commemorative T-shirts. COMMEMORATIVE PHOTO Many grooms ask relatives and friends they have known for much of their lives to be their groomsmen. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon for groomsmen to know each other very well. If each member of the party has known one another for years, grooms can try to find a photo of all of them together when

they were much younger. Have the photo professionally framed, noting the date of the wedding with an engraving on the frame. If each groomsman is from a different period in the groomsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives, then they can find a photo from early in each relationship to present as a gift. COMMEMORATIVE BEER Grooms and groomsmen often bond over beer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all from Williamsburg â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so grooms who have raised many a pint with their groomsmen might want to create their own commemorative beers to show their love and appreciation for their bestâ&#x20AC;Ś um, buds. Many craft breweries offer brewing classes that teach beer aficionados the finer points of making beer. The two grooms can attend such classes and create their own batch specifically for their groomsmen or â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and this might be more fun! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pay for the whole group to attend the class together. MOVIE POSTER Grooms who love of movies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and what gay grooms donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can create movie posters that mimic iconic films like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weekend,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love! Valour! Compassion,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Priscilla Queen of the Desert,â&#x20AC;? even â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boys in the Band â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or maybe go the TV route with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queer as Folkâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; swapping out images of the stars with likenesses of themselves and their groomsmen. Have the finished products framed before presenting one to each groomsman.

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