Grooming the Groom
It’s pretty easy to find more than you need for bridal preparations. Just type a quick search into Google or Pinterest, and a bride-to-be can find beauty preparation guides galore! Although everyone gets excited to see the bride on her wedding day (and rightfully so!), she’s not the only one standing spotlight at the wedding. Men want to look good too! It’s called “Grooming the groom”
(Brides, if you’re reading this, feel free to anonymously send this to your man. And men, don’t feel ashamed to do a little bit of wedding grooming research. It will be well worth it on your wedding day when everyone can’t keep their eyes off you and send you tons of compliments!
Develop a Skin Care Routine
Even weeks before the wedding, go ahead and get into a routine of washing your face. Use a foam or cream cleanser each day and an exfoliating cleanser a couple times per week. A simple facial lotion will keep your skin feeling smooth. There’s no need for anything crazy or extravagant – it can even be fragrance-free – but taking care of your skin will help you look brighter, fresher, and younger on the big day.
Don’t know which products to go with? Here’s a basic list of skincare products recommended by Well and Good based on your wedding grooming needs – skim the overview or read the full article for product descriptions. They even offer suggestions on where you can find the products for the best price!
Take Care of Your Teeth
Schedule a cleaning as close to your wedding day as possible. If you’re a coffee, tea, or wine drinker like the best of us, start your teeth whitening strips a few weeks ahead of time, or schedule a whitening appointment with your dentist if you don’t feel like messing with it.
Need some over the counter whitening product recommendations? Check out this helpful resource by Allure – complete with safety and effectiveness advice from Matthew Messina, DDS, and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).
Take Care of the Hair
- As endearing as he is, it’s probably best to go ahead and ditch the Jim Halpert look (any fans of The Office out there?). Decide on a cut and style that’s clean and out of your face. If you go with a cut that’s different from the norm, test it ahead of time so you know how to style it. If you’re really unsure, ask your barber’s advice on the best look for you.
- Treat yourself to a professional shave. Trust us, the hot towel treatment is worth it. It will open up your pores and keep the skin smooth to prevent bumps and ingrown hairs. Schedule this either the day before your wedding if you want a clean shave.
- Consider waxing your eyebrows – don’t worry, a men’s salon will know how to keep it classic and masculine. Don’t forget to get rid of the nose hairs, too!
- (Psst! Consider waxing any other unwanted body hair a week before the wedding – i.e. chest, back, etc. Although your wedding guests won’t see it, your soon-to-be spouse will.)
- Get a massage by a certified massage therapist and a fresh facial a few days before. You’ll feel more confident and relaxed, and a facial will give your skin a reset. However, do NOT get your facial the day before as some redness may still be visible.
- Take time for a MANicure and pedicure (we won’t tell!). They feel amazing, and we assure you they will not paint your nails bright red – it’s more about caring for the skin, nails, and cuticles. It’s important to have nice looking hands for intimate editorial photos and closeups of the rings.
Find Your Scent
As wonderful as the day will be, keep in mind it will be a full day of photos, celebrating, dancing, and being up close and personal with your special someone and wedding guests. That means you need to keep smelling fresh for hours without dousing yourself in strong cologne.
Once you’ve checked everything off the list, you’re good to go! If you are wanting someone who provides these wedding grooming services, my best friend offers The Wedding Dapper Bar. Not only do you look and smell great, you probably feel pretty great, too. Now all you need is a professional photographer to capture your best side on your wedding day.
All kidding aside, email me for photography inquiries and even more recommendations and resources. I would love to chat with you!