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Just shave and show up?

Keep dreaming. Today's (much wiser) groom has a lot more to do than that. Check that: Knows he has a lot more to do than that.

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Whether it's a 6-month engagement or 12-, there will be plenty of things to do, like deciding on the venue and addressing the invitations, to name a few. Sure, there are a few areas of planning - the DJ, the limo - that the groom traditionally takes care of, but with all the tools out there tailored for grooms (the Grooms 101 section of Brides.com; countless books) there's no reason for not getting more involved with, well, everything. Being involved in the planning process will keep her smiling and the stress level low. Plus, you'll have fun; who's ever complained about sampling food and cake?

Her dress, however, is one area where the groom doesn't get to voice an opinion. Luckily, he has complete control over his big-day look.

If you want to keep it simple and go with a tux, get measured about three months out of your wedding. Also be sure to get measurement cards sent out to your groomsmen and ushers.

If you're thinking more along the lines of a suit, keep a few things in mind:

• Dark ties always work (if you decide to not match the color of the bridesmaid dresses).

• Tie bars and cuff links are a great way to add a bit of personal flash.

• If you feel informal by not wearing a tux, go for the three-piece look with a vest. It adds a bit of panache to your look.

Lastly, if you need a bit of help in the fashion department, pick up a GQ or look to some of your favorite on-screen guys to be your guide. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) from "Mad Men" and 007 himself (Daniel Craig) both know how to clean up. Channel them and you'll be good to go.

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Most formalwear stores will give the groom his tux gratis when the whole party is getting its tuxes at the same spot, so keep that in mind as a money-saving technique.

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