So it's your wedding... and while all the women are getting ready what are you and your boys doing? You want to look good in all those pictures that go along with this special day that is your wedding, right?
Here are just a couple of simple things you (and your boys) should have plan for the day.
Trust the classics
Your wedding is not the time to try something drastically new with your hair. I recommend going with a classic, clean look that won't ever go out of style. Do you really want to look back at your photos 20 years from now and think, "Why did I think that was a good idea?" Lucky for you, the Mad Men-inspired side part and the pompadour are both trendy looks right now that seem to never lose their cool.
Schedule your cut
Determine your hairstyle pretty far in advance and get your hair trimmed about a week before the big day. You want a few days for your cut to settle in and look natural. Do a test run or two with the products you intend to use, just so you know how to style it the way you want on the big day.
When it comes to facial hair, a day's worth of scruff is perfectly acceptable as long as it doesn't grow patchy. But if you want to play it safe, you can never go wrong with a clean shave. With all the kissing involved, your "soon-to-be" will appreciate a smooth face.
... or not to shave
If you're a guy who has a beard on a daily basis, let's respect that and I wouldn't tell you to shave it for your wedding. However, you do need to neaten it up with a good trim. Try beard oil to smooth and soften the hair and leave a nice woodsy scent.
Groom your brows
Your eyebrows don't need to be perfect, so... get rid of stray hairs and pay close attention to the space above your nose (a.k.a. the unibrow). Speaking of the nose, take a long look in the mirror and trim any long nose or ear hairs you see. A lot of people will be looking at you, you want to look sharp.
Flash those pearly whites
Use some Crest Whitestrips to brighten your smile. It will make you look younger and more pulled together. That's a fact.
Get a manicure
One of your wedding photographer's go-to shots is going to be the couple's hands. Let an expert clean up your cuticles and shape your nails. Visit a manicurist, it's OK, guys get those done too.
A little makeup goes a long way
It's no big deal to keep some concealer handy in case you need to cover any blemishes that pop up. Don't let a pimple steal your spotlight.
Your boys are your best friends, I get that, but there's no need to dress and style yourselves exactly alike. Let your friend's personality show with individual hair and facial styles.
One trend I've noticed groomsmen wearing is different patterned bow ties within the same color family. You want to look coordinated, not duplicated. Have fun with patterns; stripes, dots, and micro-print floral are nice touches that keep suits from looking like you all just got out of the office.
One last word of advice, a nice grooming or shave kit makes the perfect groomsmen's gift and helps ensure that your guys show up looking their best for your big day.