A Groom’s Guide to Grooming
Last week we glanced back through all of our blogs and learned we spend a lot of time educating the bride. The latest trends, how to prep for the big day, planning calendars, … they all were written with the bride in mind.
But what about the groom? He is in the wedding too. And he is certainly in the photos which is important to Cashman Brothers as well as the spouse-to-be. So we built this game plan to make sure each groom looks his best on the big day. Looking good and feeling good goes a long way towards getting the most out of your wedding day.
Wash and Moisturize Your Face
If you don’t already have a daily facial routine, starting one is a great way to improve your complexion. However, it’s not something you can do the night before the wedding and instantly see results. Experts suggest giving yourself at least a month before you start looking for results, so it’s important to ingrain a regimen long before the wedding date. In addition, high stress situations (such as planning a wedding) can cause breakouts, and starting a daily routine will help you avoid any nasty scarring. Whenever you wash your face, you should also moisturize it, since some face washes can be drying. Research what type of lotion works best for your skin type, and try to avoid anything with harsh chemicals that could cause an allergic reaction.
Trim and Shave
Whether you have a full fledged beard or a baby-clean face, your facial hair on your wedding day should look neat. If you plan to maintain a beard, then be sure to keep it both trimmed and clean in the days leading up to your wedding. If you do want to shave, be sure you’re using a sharp, high quality blade. An old, dull razor will not only give you cuts, but could also lead to painful infections. Before shaving, wash off your face with warm water to unclog your pores and soften your hair. You want to shave after you’ve used face wash, but before you apply moisturizer.
Not only will getting into shape make you feel (and look!) good, it can also be a great way to relieve stress. As your wedding approaches, finding time during the day to focus on yourself becomes imperative to maintaining your sanity. If you don’t want to join a gym, there are lots of online workouts available you can do from the comfort of your own home.
As the wedding gets closer, even the most calm groom will likely start to feel some stress. Surprise your significant other with a couple’s massage sometime during the days leading up to the big day. Not only will your fiance thank you, but you’ll both feel relaxed and ready to take on the final sprint to the wedding. Be sure to check with your insurance provider before you schedule anything, because some spas are actually covered by health insurance.
Brows & Nails
Grooms shouldn’t be afraid to seek out some extra TLC when it comes to grooming for the big day. Many spas now exist exclusively for men, and they’ll make sure even the smallest details look their best. If you’re uncomfortable going out to clean your brows and nails, then be sure to do them at home. Ask your significant other for help plucking or trimming your eyebrows, since you don’t want to overdo it and end up looking eternally surprised on your wedding day. Also make sure your nails are clean and filed; guests eyes will be on your new wedding ring when you exchange vows.
Whiten Your Teeth
If you’re a regular coffee or tea drinker, it’s very likely your teeth have been stained. Ask your dentist about what whitening treatment would be best for your teeth. Many people use whitening strips, however if you have sensitive teeth, that may be something you want to avoid.
Style and Cut
When it comes to styling and cutting your hair for your wedding day, you should absolutely NOT do anything you haven’t done before. If you do want to be daring, try out the haircut while there’s still plenty of time for your hair to grow back. It’s also not a great time to try out a barber you’ve never been to before, so if you plan to switch barbers, go in once before the wedding so you can see their work.
From the vows to the reception, weddings are often an all day affair. If you plan to use any hair products, make sure you’ve tested their holding abilities beforehand. Also be sure to avoid products that contain excessive chemicals, which can make your hair oily at the end of the day, and can give off a noxious smell.
Follow these tips and you’ll cruise through your wedding day while looking and feeling your best.