Essential pre-wedding tips for men
There’s no better time to channel Cary Grant than on your wedding day. But, looking the part of a dapper groom takes some doing.
To make sure you look like marriage material instead of underdressed or overheated, consider the venue and season when choosing your suit.
“Of course black is still the gold standard, but for summer and beach weddings, it’s all about the romantic look,” said Connie Dryden, owner of Nefertiti Bridal. “So, pewter colors, navy blues and dusty tones are really on trend right now.”
If you’re getting married on the beach, fabrics such as linen and seersucker are all the more appropriate.
Cruz Cortez Clothiers, 2227 Postoffice St., Galveston, 409.763.9600; Brooks Brothers, Tanger Outlet, 5885 Interstate 45, Suite 704, Texas City, 281.337.1999; Joseph A. Banks, 1501A W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster, 281.557.0378
Well-heeled gents are dapper from head to toe. Choose comfortable, yet classic footwear and have a little fun with the accoutrements.
Cuff links, Karat Creations Jewelry, 811 Sixth St. N., Suite 400, Texas City, 409.945.9999; Muted Polka Dot Socks, $14.50, Brooks Brothers, Tanger Outlet, 5885 Interstate 45, Suite 704, Texas City, 281.337.1999; Cotton-linen bow tie in anchor print, $55, J. Crew, Tanger Outlet, 5885 Interstate 45, Suite 805, Texas City, 281.309.0479, www.jcrew.com
Get a handle on your hair
Even if you’re a surfer dude in everyday life, you might not want to sport shaggy hair on your wedding day. And, the same goes for those with lumberjack beards. Have a professional tame the wild beast before the big day.
Boardroom Salon For Men offers haircuts and traditional hot lather shaves. With walls of dark wood paneling and lounge-worthy tufted leather chairs, the shop sets the stage for a luxurious pre-wedding grooming day. Play some pool or enjoy a complimentary beverage while you wait.
118724 Interstate 45, at Baybrook Mall in Houston, 832.632.4848, www.boardroomsalon.com
Show up well man-icured
Because your newly ringed hand will be photographed a thousand times, make sure your hands are in tip-top shape.
To perfect your paws, stop by Tune Up: The Manly Salon, where you’ll find there’s a lot more to a manicure than polish and press-ons. Tune Up will clean up your nails, get rid of hangnails and cuticles, buff dead skin, then moisturize and massage. Take heed gents, there’s also a bar and customers get two complimentary beers or cocktails.
304 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster, 281.520.4017, www.tuneupsalon.com
Be on time
It takes a lot longer for a watch battery to run out of juice than an iPhone. Cut down on time-related anxiety and accessorize your wedding day look with a cool and classic timepiece.
Maverick Sport Chronograph by Victorinox Swiss Army, Lewis Jewelers, 19335 Interstate 45, Webster, 281.332.8433; Carrera Calibre 5 Watch, TAG Heuer, Baybrook Gate Shopping Center, 1045 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster, 281.557.2340, www.tagheuer.com
Wedding day grooming timeline
For men, getting ready for the big day doesn’t just mean picking out the perfect suit, it’s perfecting the total package. A pre-wedding beauty regimen is not just for the bride. Men are ready to embrace their own grooming routine for the big day, too. Lauren Rachel, a men’s grooming expert at Boardroom Salon for Men at Baybrook Mall, suggests a timeline for mastering the groom’s pre-wedding grooming.
Six months before
Your wedding day isn’t the time to try the totally new cut you’ve been thinking about. Perfect your signature look or make enhancements to your current style. Also be conscious of the theme of the wedding. If it’s more contemporary, it’s OK to go with a more modern hairstyle. If your wedding is more traditional, keep that in mind when deciding on your look.
Three months before
Your wardrobe should be determined, now finalize your hairstyle. Make an appointment with your hairstylist to do a test run and answer any questions you may have.
Your groom’s party is sure to be a unique mix of guys — let their signature styles come through. Your pictures will be even better if you let your guys rock their signature haircut, beard or bow tie. Coordinate a matching color scheme instead.
One month before
Treat yourself. Go in for a facial. Facials soothe irritated skin and deep clean, leaving your skin healthier and more youthful.
If you’re going for a stubble look on your wedding day, trial and error is the only way to assess your beard growth. Test the waters about a month before the wedding and take note of how long it takes for you to get to prime wedding day stubble.
Round up the guys and go together for cuts and shaves before the big day or before hitting the town for your bachelor party. Schedule shaves, haircuts and facials or massages for your groom’s party to help them look and feel their best.
One week before
If you are planning to get anything waxed, such as your eyebrows, back or chest, do this now. If your skin gets red or irritated, you want to make sure you have time for it to settle.
Ring pictures will definitely happen, so neat and clean fingernails are a must. Trim your nails and apply cuticle lotion, or let a pro do it for you.
Five days before
Get your final haircut. This gives you time to let the style settle and not look “fresh from the salon” while still being sharp. Ask your hairstylist for styling tips or product recommendations. This is especially important if you are doing your own hair. Make sure you leave the salon feeling confident on how to master your style for the big day.
The day before
A straight razor shave gives the cleanest shave, so if you’re after a sharp, clean look for your wedding day, schedule an appointment with your barber. Or shave at home and make sure you use high-quality products, so your skin looks and feels its best.
Sporting a beard? A neat, well-maintained beard looks outstanding. Shave your neck to just under the jaw line, shave the top of your beard along the cheek for sharp, defined lines, then use clippers or scissors to maintain a uniform length to the body of the beard. Finish with a beard softener or oil to combat frizz and lock in moisture.
If you are styling your own hair, give yourself some extra time, just in case. Follow your stylist’s tips and re-create your style just as they did at the salon.
It’s tempting to go overboard with your cologne, but please don’t. One or two sprays is enough to keep you fresh all day, while eliminating the chance of being “that guy” and smelling too strong.
Send your bride a gift, flowers or a personal note to read while she’s getting ready. The little things mean the most. Oh, and don’t forget to have mints and lip balm handy.
Armed with the above advice, there’s no excuse not to look your finest on your nuptial day.