What a soon-to-be groom SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do before his wedding day

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10 years from now, what do you want to remember while looking through your wedding photos?

Brides will undoubtedly spend more time than their groom-to-be on self care and creating a healthy lifestyle prior to the wedding, but that doesn’t mean you get to miss out on the process.

Image Consultant and Personal Brand Expert Brandie Price says, “Remember the day is about the bride and the groom, they will both be captured in images throughout the wedding experience and are equally important subjects of the photography.”

On today’s show, she shares a few basic rules on how grooms should prep for the big day! 

Getting the Groom Camera-Ready

It is ok to have an idea of what you would like to look like in those photos ahead of time. Planning is key.

Skin Care- Does the Groom have any concerns? Blemishes, rough or dry skin, oily skin, ingrown hair, redness. Start addressing these concerns as early as possible. If you are not used to a skin care regimen, it may take a few weeks for your skin to start balancing out.  Start with a good 4 part regimen Cleanser, Toner, Treatment (targeted to a concern) and a Moisturizer, also start using an SPF during the day. See a registered dermatologist for any spots that you may need to have removed in plenty of time to heal before the big day and to start a general baseline and open conversation about your skin.

Eyes-  If you’d really like to make your eyes pop, consider an eye cream that can help reduce puffiness and discoloration.  You can also ask your florist to add a pop of color to your boutonnière that will bring out your eyes in the photographs. Some grooms also choose to use a brightening concealer the day of the wedding, get used to the way that product looks before hand. 

Hair- Don’t make any drastic changes within 6 weeks of the big day.  You want to recognize yourself in the photos, right?  My typical suggestion when a client wants to make a big change with hair is to develop a plan with a trusted barber or stylist to make incremental changes each 6 weeks.  This work wonders on how you see yourself in the mirror leading up to the wedding.  This goes for facial hair as well!  If you have been self grooming, but know you’d like a more polished result, star using a professional to have those professional results. 

Smile- See your regular dentist for teeth whitening options.  If you are still in the stage where you are setting the date, you may have time to start straightening your teeth, if you have been wanting to do so. We want to see big confident, happy smiles in those photos instead of a self-conscious hidden smile.

Hands/Nails- Yes, your hands will be in the photos, up close and personal for many of the typical photo sets.  “The Ring Photos”  If you have rough hands, start using a moisture rich hand cream and a night time treatment to soften them up.  Invest in a manicure kit, or start scheduling manicures 3 months in advance when possible.  This is also a great way to add to the fun of getting ready for the wedding.

Invite the Mother-of-the-Groom, or grandmother out on a mani pedi date. Grab lunch and spend some special time getting ready for the big day with your wife to be. Maybe include a pre wedding spa day with a couples massage. These are all ways that will include family in the pre wedding festivities and get you photo ready for the big day!

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