Your wedding day is one of the most important (and hectic) days you will go through—and we know there's a ton of pressure to look your best. We get it: You'll be photographed hundreds of times and the wedding photos are something you'll be proud of (or haunted by) for the rest of your life. So, while there are no "rules" for the way you have to look (do your thing), we do have a few suggestions that could make your life a little easier. Below, find advice for what to do with your face, hair, and beard ahead of (and on) your big day.
1) Avoid Trends
For the wedding day, you're going to want to look like you. There's no reason to look back at photos and feel disconnected from the person staring back at you. For example, if your hair is usually long, keep it that way. You don't have to be a cleaner cut version of yourself if you don't want to. Remember, today's trendy haircut may make those photos look dated in the years to come. Make sure your style feels natural to you.
2) Trim Thoughtfully (Or Not at All)
If a beard is part of your normal look, keep it—just make sure your beard is properly taken care of. If you normally sport a clean shaven or a scruffy look, it might be easiest to go with the clean shave. A properly shaved face will make you feel especially fresh.
Tip: A great way to make sure you and your groomsmen look great is to book a trim and shave for the group at a high-end barber shop. A professional shave is a great way to kick off your wedding day and makes a great gift for the groomsmen.
Unless have very short hair, you'll want to trim your ends about a week before the wedding (those with super short hair should try for two or three days prior). This will give your hair time to relax a bit before the wedding (and also give you time for adjustments if it's not what you were hoping for). If you end up with a tan line on your neck, use a little sunless tanner to blend it. The morning of the wedding, go in for a neck shave and sideburn touchup.
4) If Your Going to Cut Your Hair, Don't Do it Yourself
Your wedding haircut is not the type of haircut you can mess around with. Seek out the services of a pro in a high-end barber shop or salon. Expect to pay more for this haircut than you may be accustomed to, but the extra cost will be worth it in the end. Make sure you tell the barber or stylist you're getting a haircut for your wedding so they'll pay extra attention to detail. Ask them to show you how to style your hair properly (and which products to use) for the big day.
5) Get Some Sleep
Plan the bachelor party at least several days before the wedding so you're not tired (or hungover) the day of the wedding. On the night before the big day, go to bed early and wake up in time to make sure you look (and feel) well rested. Also, drink plenty of water the days leading up to the wedding as this will help keep your skin looking great.