The Essential Pre-Wedding Grooming Guide
Whether you’re a groom-to-be or simply a guest, your wedding preparation shouldn’t end the moment you find the right suit and matching accessories. Looking great goes beyond what you wear and if you want to be (and look like) the best version of yourself on the day, a haircut, relaxing massage or professional shave can help you get that feeling.
Here are 6 grooming essentials to schedule before the big day.
1. Hair Necessities
Get a fresh cut at least a week before the wedding. Even if you’ve stuck to the same style and barber for years, mistakes can happen so if your barber doesn’t give you a perfect cut, a week gives your hair time to grow a little. Also, weddings are all about photos and reunions (with friends, exes, long lost loves, etc.) so it’s not the ideal time to experiment with different colours, cuts, and styles – leave all that for when you don’t have any big social commitments in your calendar.
2. Flawless Shave
If you regularly shave, trim and maintain your own facial hair, an event like a wedding gives you the perfect excuse to splurge on a professional hot towel shave. A shave like this works wonders on your complexion – it opens your pores, exfoliates, moisturises and softens your skin, and gets rid of those pesky in-grown hairs. For a flawless shave, book a hot towel shave with a professional the day of or the day before the wedding.
3. Golden Wonder
If you fancy a more bronzed look for the wedding day, say hello to your new best mate – instant tan. Self-tan will give your skin a gorgeous glow but if you want to avoid the dreaded orange disaster, there are a few rules you need to follow for a tantastic finish;
- Start at least two days before and exfoliate and moisturise your skin to get rid of any rough patches and create a smooth canvas.
- On the day you’re applying the tan, do not moisturise, apply deodorant or perfume to your skin as they will leave an oily residue.
- To apply tan successfully, use a mitt and apply a small amount of product to your skin in sweeping motions -- rather than circular motions – as this will ensure an even spread.
- Build up the tan until you get your desired finish – and always remember to do small amounts as it’s easier to apply more product for a more bronzed look than it is to reverse it if you put on too much. In the self-tanning world, less is always more.
- After application, wear loose clothing until your tan settles and after 6 – 8 hours, wash off.
- Moisture and exfoliate 3 – 4 days after application to lock in the look.
4. Miracle Massage
Whether you’re a stressed groom planning a wedding or a guest panicking over gift ideas, a relaxing massage is the perfect way to ease any tension or stress you may be feeling. It gives you a much-needed hour to relax and rejuvenate and this will lift your mood, boost your immunity and improve your sleep. So, book in with a professional massage therapist as soon as you can!
5. Shine Bright Like A Diamond
We mentioned that weddings involve lots of photos, so if you want your smile to sparkle, make sure to get your teeth cleaned – whether it’s with the help of your dentist or from whitening strips or LED whitening kits. If you’re using kits at home, start at least three months in advance of the wedding -- you want them to work but you don’t want to end up like Ross Geller. If your dentist is sorting out your smile, book an appointment a week or two before.
6. Fantastic Facial
If you skin is dry, dull or tired-looking skin, a facial is the remedy it needs. Why? Facials…
- Cleanse, rejuvenate and detoxify the skin
- Eliminate under eye bags and dark circles
- Eliminate whiteheads and blackheads
- Treat acne and acne marks
- Promote blood circulation
- Boost the absorption abilities of the skin
If you’ve never had a facial before, book yourself in for one 3 – 4 weeks ahead of the wedding date as this will give your skin time to heal it becomes inflamed or irritated. If you treat yourself to facials regularly, getting an appointment a week before the wedding is fine as your skin is accustomed to the treatment.