Don’t we often forget that there are two people who are special on the wedding day? Yes, it’s a fact! All of us tend to focus entirely on the bride and all that she needs to get set for her big wedding day. Isn’t it a pity that her Prince Charming is often overlooked, and enters the scene pretty much just on the wedding day?
So, this time we decided to shine the spotlight on the bridegroom, for a change. So, brides, listen up! This article is for your soon-to-be husband! After all, it’s a milestone event for him too, and you could offer some help in the grooming department, to ensure he looks his very best on the big day.
Let us first look at some advice on the basics that are to be taken care of.
While the bride is usually preparing for the wedding months in advance, bridegrooms usually don’t have any action plan. Most brides spend a few hours with their make-up artist and hairstylist, to get ready for the wedding ceremony. On the other hand, the groom’s not involved in such elaborate preparations. All he does is take a shower, have a shave and splash some cologne.
Well, it’s time things changed. If your groom has to look just as good as you, make sure that he too gets his fair share of attention. Get going by planning his wedding day look well in advance. Decide all that he can do to look his best from head to toe, and set an action plan and time-line for when he will do each item on the list.
His hairstyle means a great deal
One of the most important things that determine your overall wedding day look is your hairstyle. The same applies to your groom too. One that flatters his facial features and suits his personality will be best. So, make sure that he plans his hairstyle for the day in advance. It is a good idea to have a trial run few months ahead of the wedding. This way, if he isn’t too happy, he will have time to outgrow it. Have him do his trial runs six to eight months before the wedding, so he has sufficient time to try various hairstyles and find the one that he wishes to wear to the wedding. Finally, get this haircut done no earlier than a week before the wedding day, so it looks fresh.
You know how you obsess over cleansing, toning and moisturizing, every single day? Ask your partner to join in the fun, and his skin will thank him for the care. Convince him of it’s importance, make sure he does it regularly and the difference will be evident in just a few days. Everyone loves a clean, glowing face—whether it is on a man or a woman. So, he deserves to pamper his skin a little extra and prepare for the big day. It will be when you see your wedding pictures that he will realize that the effort was worth it. Moreover, it is just a matter of few minutes a day. He will hardly notice the spent this time on it, but we guarantee that if he sticks to it regularly, the results will prove why we stress this so much.
Eat and drink healthy
If you want to not only look, but also feel good and confident, you should not only pay attention to what you do on the outside, but also what goes inside your body. Let your engagement be the time for both of you to start off with a healthy lifestyle. Eat balanced meals, cut out the junk and drink plenty of fluids, and your body will revel in the care you administer it. Anti-oxidant rich foods will reduce the occurrence of acne and blemishes, and save a lot of trouble. Keep yourselves hydrated all the time, and this will not only help your skin and hair look and feel better, it will also rejuvenate you. Exercise is another big essential for men and women alike. Have your groom include exercise in his daily routine and it will help him be fit and trim in time for your wedding. Start easy, and slowly easy into a daily exercise routine of at least half an hour a day.
Cut down on alcohol and smoke, and stay away from the sun
Some habits are more damaging than you may realize. Alcohol, cigarettes and the sun are the three biggest causes of damage to health. Your bridegroom should regularly use sunscreen when he steps out of the house, or all that extra care will go down the drain. By reducing his intake of alcohol and cutting down on cigarettes, his overall health will improve and his skin will reflect the positive change.
Now that you know what are the basic requirements for your fiance to be in best shape for the wedding day, it’s time to move into the details of preparing for the wedding day itself.
Here are ten ideas to pamper and prepare the bridegroom for one of the biggest events in his lifetime—his wedding day.
Have a Mani and Pedi
Think of how the camera will focus on his hands too, when your photographer clicks pictures of your wedding rings! Don’t you think he can benefit from a manicure for this reason? The men of the previous generations invested time and money into grooming themselves well. They knew that neat, clean nails made a man look sophisticated and well put-together. Don’t you agree? Why don’t you search out a men’s salon that offers these services in your area. This way, he will not disagree to attending an appointment there. If your partner is entirely against the idea of getting his nails done, the least he can do is to soak his hands and feet in soapy water and moisturize it to prevent the formation of calluses. Or, book him in for a foot spa which he cannot refuse. This will not only help him relax his tired feet, but will also have it looking much better than it originally did.
Visit a professional hair salon for a shave
For his wedding day, ask him to get a professional shave instead of the regular quick shave at home. After all, he does this by himself every day of his life and deserves to have it done by someone else for once. It doesn’t take too long, and all he needs is a prior appointment so things go as per plan. Ask him to pull in his best man or another groomsman, and he can make it more fun. If he has a styled beard, we think it is necessary that he does a sample run at the salon he will be visiting, before his wedding day. You do not want his look to be drastically altered on the wedding day, because the stylist didn’t understand what he wanted. Now, if he is very particular that he will do it himself, here are some tips to get the best results.
- A brand new straight-edge razor is absolutely necessary to get a clean-shaven look
- Placing a hot wet towel on the face, prior to shaving will open up the pores and help attain a closer and cleaner shave
- Should cuts or nicks occur, a styptic pencil can stop the bleeding
- For beards and mustaches, they should first be combed, and then trimmed
Get rid of excess facial hair
Some men have excess or unattractive facial hair on the ears or in the nose. Some men also have excessively bushy eyebrows with plenty of stray hairs. Have the stray hairs on the eyebrows trimmed during the week before the wedding. Remember to only take out the excess, and not alter the overall look by making it thin. Similarly tweeze away the nose hairs and those on the ear for a clean and polished look. Either use a nose hair trimmer for the purpose, or go with the traditional tweezer. It is less painful when done soon after a bath, when the skin pores are open. Or, he can lay a hot towel on the area first, and then progress with tweezing it.
Have a refreshing facial
Facials are not just for women. There are facials specifically aimed at men, and these can do wonders in rejuvenating their skin. Get your groom to have a facial during the week leading up to your wedding day. It will keep his skin radiant, fresh and free from blemishes. If he has acne scars, getting a couple of them during the months leading up to the wedding can reduce the color and visibility considerably. The massage and cleansing of the skin will also help your groom relax and enjoy the experience. As his skin is exfoliated and dead cells are removed, it will look more vibrant. If he is dead against it, you can ask him to do one that is suitable for his skin by himself. Buy a suitable facial kit from the drug store and simply follow the instructions on it.
Decide on whether he wants a tan or not
This is something that your groom should plan in advance. If he decides to go for it, make sure that he prepares for it at least months in advance. He can either choose to go with a tanning salon or use a self-tanning lotion. If he will be using a self-tanning lotion, he should do it carefully so he achieves a uniform color .
Get teeth cleaned or whitened
Your groom will be photographed throughout your wedding day, and this is the opportunity when he cannot shun away from flashing his smile. It isn’t unusual to have stained teeth from drinking coffee, tea and alcohol, or other lifestyle habits. Your groom however, can smile with all his might and show off his sparkling teeth confidently, after a teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening can be performed in a single session by a qualified dentist. Either fix an appointment with a recommended dentist, or get it done at home using a teeth whitening kit. Either way, the process is quick and painless. Follow the instructions exactly, and there won’t be any issues. Also, ask him to switch over to whitening toothpaste, so he can reduce the stains this way as well.
Get the right haircut
We already mentioned that your groom should have an idea of the look he will be wearing to your wedding. A week before the day, is the right time to get his haircut done. This will allow the hair to just grow out of the freshly cut look and still look neat and attractive. During the hair styling session, he should seek the stylist’s advice on how to set his hair perfectly on the day of the wedding. He can practice it at home in the coming days and nail it in time for the wedding. Make sure he uses a good quality styling gel or hairspray, so his hair is locked into the look throughout the day.
Choose the right scent
Use your wedding as the occasion to go out and splurge on some great cologne and perfume for your husband-to-be. You can both make the shopping trip together and search for a scent that is different from the one that you both always use. Let it be a wedding special, one that he wears for the first time on this day. It will add a special note to the memories of the day, and whether he chooses to stick with it or saves it for special occasions, it is still worth it. This article on the Men Style Fashion website will provide valuable insight into what you need to know about selecting Men’s Perfume. Check it out.
Now that we’ve covered the needful on pampering and prepping your bridegroom, we hope you will both look equally attractive on your upcoming wedding day. For more wedding tips, advice and shopping needs, continue visiting us at Best for Bride.
FAQ – Groom Preparation
How do grooms get their skin to glow?
To get rid of dead skin, exfoliate at least once a week. A toner should be used on a regular basis by those with oily skin. To avoid dry, flaky skin, moisturize using a water/oil-based moisturizer. For a bright complexion on their wedding day, men with beards should pay extra attention to the CTM regimen.
What does groom makeup entail?
Groom makeup should not be restricted to face wash, face cream, and balm, but should also include spas, facials, threading, waxing, and other basics.
When should the groom get his hair trimmed before the wedding?
Most guys should have their haircut 5-10 days before the wedding, allowing for a few days of growth to complement their wedding day look.
Is makeup applied to the groom?
Unless you’re trying for a certain style, groom makeup should be minimal and clean—all it’s about accentuating your assets and looking professional. Concentrate on an even, not-too-matte, not-too-dewy complexion, trimmed brows, and blemishes that have been neutralized.