I was the Mother of the Bride 4 years ago and I loved every minute of it. It was so girly! But with a boy, well that is quite different. Actually, not a boy, a man. My son will turn 30 in very short order.
To describe his Groomsmen as similar to the characters on "Big Bang Theory" is very apt. These are extremely intelligent, very geeky guys. Let's put it this way, his bachelor party took place partially in a "barcade". That's a combination between a bar and an arcade!
My son and his friends are huge "Star Wars" fans. So I got it in to my head that I wanted a full size Darth Vader helmet as the cake for the rehearsal dinner. His groom's cake, but at the rehearsal dinner instead of at the wedding. This proved to be a difficult task.
The bakery I love was closed for the week of the wedding. A second bakery wouldn't make it siting copyright infringement issues. A third bakery gave me a price that rivaled the price of the actual wedding cake! Finally, after getting a referral from Duling-Kurtz Country Inn which was the venue for the rehearsal dinner, I found a Bakers of Buffington to make and deliver this fantastic cake!!!
The gift bags contained flip flops for the girls, black framed sunglasses for all, pins that said their roles in the wedding (i.e. "Best Man", etc.), and some other goodies.