Grooming Tips for the Groom

When you’re planning a wedding, we believe every little detail matters. You have spent hours choosing your color theme, putting together your guest list, perfecting the florals, preparing the menu, and putting together the playlist-just to name a few. With such a long list to do before the big day, often times the Groom’s preparation is the last thing on your mind. After all, he doesn’t need to worry about whether he should wear his hair up or down, getting that makeup just right, or fitting into the dress. However, it is his special day too, and there are some steps he can take to look and feel his best on his wedding day. We have compiled some grooming tips for the groom before the wedding with a little help from Harry’s.

STYLING YOUR HAIR

When it comes to how to style your hair for the big day, you don’t want to do anything drastically different. Since it’s your wedding day, you want to choose a hairstyle that best represents you.  If you choose to go for a new haircut, it’s best to do a “trial run” at least three months before the wedding date. You want to give it time to grow in if you decide it’s not the right look for you. Also, be sure to take photos of the haircut right after you get it done, so you can replicate it later. It’s best to stick to a barber you know and trust; talk to friends and colleagues to find out who they recommend if you are still not confident with yours.

If you plan to use hair products, again, you should do a test run a few days before the wedding. Since the event itself will be long, you need to be certain that your hair won’t look oily or limp by the time the night ends. Try to avoid products with lots of chemicals, as you don’t want anything that will irritate your scalp during long term use.

GROOMING YOUR FACE

Much like your haircut, deciding how to groom your face should not be a last minute decision. It’s best to know in advance exactly how you want your face to look on the big day. If you plan to have a beard, make sure it’s trimmed neatly. If you plan to shave your face, make sure you use a new and sharp blade. Using a cheap or dull razor can leave cuts on your face, and you don’t want to have to photoshop your wedding photos later.

If you don’t already, you should get in to the habit of washing and moisturizing your face as soon as you set the wedding date. It can take some time to start seeing the effects of a daily cleaning regime, so it’s a habit that has long term benefits. Planning a wedding is stressful, and forming a routine early on in the process will help eliminate any breakouts related to stress. When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, first make sure it’s designed to work for your skin type. You can take a test to determine your skin type. As a general rule, when you’re starting out with a product, try to avoid harsh chemicals, and don’t put anything new on your face at least a week before the wedding.

ENJOYING YOUR DAY

Worrying about grooming shouldn’t be an additional concern during an already busy day. Having the foresight to be diligent in your grooming habits leading up to the big day will not only ease your mind, but will make your special day a lot more fun and carefree.

photo credit: Kate Ignatowski 

florals: Sebesta Design

tuxedo: Tom Ford

wedding dress: Marchesa

 

Groomsmen Gift Guide

In our wedding industry, much of the emphasis is placed on the bride and their bridesmaids. Every Instagram post, Pinterest pin and magazine article usually focuses on the girls. Rightfully so, yet we can not forget the men, after all they are your husband’s best friends. Today, my post goes out to them. I am rounding up some great gift ideas for your groom’s guys in this groomsmen gift guide.

For starters, take note of your guys’ interests. You may want to consider personalizing your gift to their personality.

For the sophisticate

Nothing impresses houseguests like personalized barware. Groovy Guy Gifts has some great options including this glass and wood decanter. I recently received this decanter engraved with a masculine “V” for my brother-in-law who is getting married next year (yay a family wedding!).  I chose not to have the ball engraved, but that might be a great way to make each gift as unique as the guys you want to honor. It is really a handsome piece and would make a nice addition to any bar cart. I also love the look and shape of this golf themed decanter as well as the idea of personalized whiskey stones to complete the gift.

For the working man

Whether he is working behind a desk or with his hands, there are some great gift ideas to be shared.  One of my favorite items might be this waxed canvas apron with leather details. I love how versatile it is depending on your friend’s hobby.

For the jet setter

Traveling for business or for pleasure, you can still travel in style with one of these masculine and fashionable gifts. I am clearly a fan of waxed canvas and this dopp kit is another fave.  Uber hopping is hard work, so make things easy with a simplified wallet like this minimalist leather number.

Whatever you choose to gift them is just the icing on the cake of your friendship, but it sure is nice to thank them for standing by you for all those years as well as on your wedding day.

Photo credit: Love & Light Photographs

Florals: Reynold’s Garden Shop

Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club