It's almost here.
The big day is approaching and although the focus is often pointed in the direction of the the beautiful bride, as a groom you're going to need to command some presence at your nuptials. Here's how to do it effectively:
1. Start planning a few months ahead.
While this oftentimes seems to be the case with brides, grooms tend to leave things til the last minute. Don't be this man. Preparation is key, 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 smart phones and video cameras being pointed at you from all angles.
This being said, do yourself a favour and lay a good foundation. For starters, drink some water, eat some leafy greens, exercise to regain that dewey, boyish complexion that made your significant other 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 definitely not the right time to experiment with a new haircut. Repeat this to yourself like a mantra every time your friends or co-workers try to engage you in some sort of questionable team hair-cut 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 he or she can help you plan properly. It is likely that your haircut will need a few days to settle down before your wedding, so ensure that you book your pre-wedding appointment with this in mind.
3. Do not forget your hands.
Even if manicures are not the type of treatment you would normally indulge in, do book one in preparation for your wedding day. Although your wife may very well be the focus of attention, your hands will also be on display and will be closely scrutinised and photographed. It's one of those smaller, seemingly insignificant details that can spoil a wealth of photos if the hired photographer decides to get a little close.
4. Perfect skin on the day.
To ensure you are looking your very best with a clear and radiant complexion on your big day, make sure your skin routine is in place well in advance of your wedding day. Remember, problem areas cannot be fixed overnight. Your regimen should include a deep cleansing at least twice a week — our personal pick is the Authentic No.10 Cleaning Scrub, as well as the daily use of a good moisturiser. For this our recommendation would be our Advanced Facial Moisturiser, specifically designed to give considerable results on tight timelines, and works even more the most sensitive of skin types.
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 prior to your big day? You deserve it, you really do.
6. Clean Shaven?
A good shaving routine is also essential in not only keeping your skin looking its best but also in preventing any rashes or ingrown hairs. Whether you're keeping a signature beard or 'stache, or getting a clean start on married life — a badger shaving brush, one of our shaving creams and nourish the skin with aftershave balm once you have finished shaving. For a really superb result use a Pre Shave Oil.
7. On the big day
At Truefitt & Hill, we encourage our grooms to enjoy the experience of getting ready to walk down the aisle. 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 your wedding? At the same time, you should also book a manicure and get your hair professionally washed and styled, ensuring you enter married life 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 like Trafalgar due to its classic simplicity but intriguing spice-meets-woodiness. This balm 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 calmed for the special day ahead — even in the most important of moments.