A Groom’s Guide to Grooming Before the Big Day

It takes two to tie the knot.

You may have noticed how your bride is fussing over diet and fitness plans, numerous trips to the spa, a million salon consultations, and a gazillion other pampering and beauty services to make her the blushing bride of the season.

On your side of the court, you should also be taking steps to make sure that you’re the handsome prince waiting for her at the end of the aisle.

How do you do that?

It’s just your luck that you are living in a modern world where men can confidently get all shined and polished for special occasions like the Big Day.

Nowadays, there is a slew of men’s grooming services that can turn you from your laid-back looks to dashing debonair with just a wave of a wand, er, credit card maybe?

Groom’s Guide to Grooming
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Get groomed

While your bride is getting beautified from the top of her head to the tips of her toes, no rule says you cannot do the same.

Modern men are now more self-assured to avail themselves of services that will enhance the face and body that they were born with.

With the advent of technology and contemporary aesthetic techniques, men can choose from a wide range of services to improve themselves.

While some may still have reservations as to “beautifying” themselves, it is undeniable that good grooming speaks volumes about one’s character.

Men who are immaculately groomed give off an aura that they are particular about neatness and cleanliness. It also conveys a personality that puts importance on order and organization.

Good grooming does not necessarily equate with vanity.

On the contrary, it can be a sign of respect for other people. It means a man has taken the time to put himself together so he is presentable in the company of others.

If you don’t want to arrive at your wedding looking slovenly and unkempt, here’s a simple guide to get you all groomed up and ready to say “I do”:


Let’s start with your hair.

If you are blessed with a full mop of healthy hair on your head, you should think about looking for the best barber in town and making an appointment.

Hair experts recommend going to a barber and doing a consultation at least three to six months before the wedding.

This is so you can decide if you want more length or if there is a particular style that you want that will need growing your hair out for a better cut.

It will also give you enough time to try out new styles and see which one is best for your special day.

Avoid getting a cut a day before or on the day of the wedding itself to avoid haircut mishaps. At best, a fresh ‘do before the wedding will do.

Now, if you have a thinning top or are experiencing hair loss, do not worry. While your bride will love you for who you are, a great confidence-booster is getting a PRP treatment for hair loss.

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This medical treatment makes use of the platelet-rich plasma in your blood to trigger hair growth.

Many believe that increasing the blood supply in the hair follicle can also increase the hair shaft thickness.

If you are going for PRP, make sure that you consult with your doctor to ensure that you are physically fit for the process.

Typically, there are three treatments that need to be done four to six weeks apart. Maintenance sessions are usually done every four to six months.

Ace the face

Next, we get to focus on your face. If you have a beard, know that it’s a man thing nowadays to go to a grooming salon for beard trimming.

Trimming and grooming your beard will make you look neater and more distinguished.

A scraggly beard can make you look old and, well, scraggly. Some grooming stations also offer nose and ear hair trimming. If they offer it, get it. You’ll thank us later.

If you prefer to be clean-shaven during the wedding, then go ahead and splurge on a professional shave.

This is the best time for you to enjoy the ministrations of a professional barber who can perfectly execute a hot towel shave.

Not only will it open up your pores for a smooth shave, but it will also help moisturize your face. For a barefaced look, go a day before.

Three to six days before the wedding, make sure you get a facial treatment to get rid of dead skin cells.

It will also help you look for refreshed for the Big Day. It is ideal to look up or ask for a recommendation on where to go.

You should also schedule a consultation to know which facial treatment is best for your skin.

Since it’s basically still a part of your face, do not forget oral hygiene.

If you want to flash pearly whites for your wedding photos, go to a dentist for teeth whitening treatment around two to three weeks before the nuptials.

You can also do it yourself with LED whitening kits. More importantly, don’t forget to brush and swish mouthwash all around your mouth before going to the ceremony for that minty fresh breath as you kiss the bride.

Body beautiful

If you want to improve your physique before the marriage rites, then you can consult your dietician or doctor for the most appropriate diet and exercise regimen.

This way, you are not just shooting for the moon and get into shape in the most efficient way.

Some grooms who are also not so fond of their body hair opt to go through laser hair reduction.

Either it covers the whole body or just certain body parts such as the back, arms, or legs, men go through it at least several months before to make sure that their skin is free of unwanted hair.

You can also go for a manicure and pedicure to make sure that your nails are clean and well-groomed.

Just cleaning and buffing them will already make them look nicer, especially when you’re putting the ring on her finger.

Lastly, a good full body massage a day or two before the wedding can seriously loosen you up and get rid of tension knots and stress.

It also helps moisturize your whole body and get rid of dry, dull skin.

A day for Prince Charming

There are several reasons why you should put value in good grooming.

For your upcoming nuptials, particularly, it is putting your best foot forward and assuring your bride that she has chosen the right man.

Show how much you value and love her by grooming yourself to be the man of her dreams — suave, sophisticated, and smelling oh-so-sweet.

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