It’s almost here
The wedding ceremony is approaching, and although the focus of the whole day is often pointed in the direction of the beautiful bride, as a groom, you will need to command some presence at your own wedding. You’ve already arranged a tuxedo, bow tie, cufflinks, and a wedding ring, but there are some things your wedding planner may not mention, and they are the last things you want to forget. So here are some wedding day tips on creating a striking first look that will last to the end of the wedding reception:
1. Start planning a few months ahead
While this often seems to be the case with brides, grooms tend to leave things until the last minute. Don’t be this man. Preparation is vital, so start planning a few months ahead as to how you will look your best on your wedding day. There will be a lot of photographs taken, and you would be wise to ensure that your appearance withstands the scrutiny not only of professional photographers but also of a plethora of smartphones and video cameras being pointed at you from all angles.
That said, do yourself a favor and lay a good foundation. For starters, drink some water, eat some leafy greens, and exercise to regain that dewey, boyish complexion that made your bride-to-be fall in love with you in the first place — a good canvas for your grooming routine is imperative.
A daunting prospect perhaps, but worry not – at Truefitt & Hill, we have been helping bridegrooms to prepare for their wedding day for over two centuries so you can rest assured that your appearance will delight your bride, inlaws, onlookers, and whomever else might have gained an invite.
2. Plan for a great haircut
Your wedding day is not the right time to experiment with a new haircut. Repeat this to yourself like a mantra whenever your friends or co-workers try to engage you in a questionable team haircut or fundraising initiative that involves altering your do’.
Choose a classic style that will stand the test of time, and liaise with your hairdresser several months in advance so that they can help you plan properly. Your haircut will likely need a few days to settle before your wedding, so ensure that you book your pre-wedding appointment with this in mind.
3. Remember your hands
Even if manicures are not the type of treatment you usually indulge in, book one as part of the wedding planning process. Although your wife may be the focus of attention, your hands will also be on display and closely scrutinized and photographed. It’s one of those seemingly insignificant little details that can spoil otherwise great photos if the hired photographer decides to get a little close.
4. Perfect skin on the day
To ensure you’re looking your very best with a clear and radiant complexion on your big day, ensure your skin routine is in place well before you say, “I do.” Remember, problem areas cannot be fixed overnight. Your regimen should include a deep cleansing at least twice a week. Choose a cleansing scrub specifically designed to give considerable results on tight timelines that works even more on the most sensitive skin types. A good night’s rest is also highly recommended.
5. Treat yourself (to a facial)
Last but certainly not least, why not leave the final touch to the experts and treat yourself to a facial treatment a week before your big day? Before the stress of the rehearsal dinner, final tux fitting, and making sure everything at the wedding venue is perfect, take a moment for yourself. You deserve it. You really do.
6. Clean Shaven?
A good shaving routine is also essential in keeping your skin looking its best and preventing any rashes or ingrown hairs, whether you’re keeping a signature beard or ’stache or getting a clean start on married life. Use a badger shaving brush and one of our shaving creams, and nourish the skin with aftershave balm once you have finished shaving. Then, for a superb result, use a pre-shave oil.
7. Include Your Best Man and Groomsmen
At Truefitt & Hill, we encourage our grooms to enjoy the experience of getting ready to walk down the aisle. So why not enlist the support of your best men on this special day and book the whole party in for traditional hot towel wet shaves on the morning of the wedding? At the same time, you should also book a manicure and get your hair professionally washed and styled, ensuring you enter married life by putting your best face forward.
8. Finishing touches
Truefitt & Hill is the only shaving company that can claim to be the Official Shaving Line of the British Royal Family — fact. So, if you want to experience what it feels like to be a king for the day (or at least an Earl or Archduke), a finishing touch should be an aftershave balm that contains aloe vera and lanolin to provide hydrating, soothing, and nourishing effects to the skin, guaranteeing it will leave your face feeling smooth, comfortable, and calm for the special day ahead — even in the most important of moments.