Groom Survival Guide: Look and Feel Amazing for Your Wedding

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 04/12/24
Groom Survival Guide: Look and Feel Amazing for Your Wedding

Groom Survival Guide: Look and Feel Amazing for Your Wedding

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 04/12/24

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Groom Survival Guide: Look and Feel Amazing for Your Wedding

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 04/12/24

Looking for groom tips on beauty and self-care? Of course, you want to look your best on your wedding day. While you may spend lots of money and time selecting your attire and perfecting your hair, are you giving the rest of your appearance the attention it deserves? 

If your beauty routine consists of washing your face with a bar of Ivory Springs as you brush your teeth in the shower, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll also provide tips and tricks for beauty-savvy men who want to ensure their looks are top-tier for their wedding day. 

So whether your wedding is months away or you have only days to up your appearance, keep reading for our best beauty tips for grooms-to-be.
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Teeth Whitening

We know you’ll be grinning from ear to ear on your wedding day, and you want your smile to look amazing. So invest in some teeth whitening. You can get a kit at a drugstore, use whitening toothpaste, or go to your dentist for a professional treatment. 

At-home whitening kits are the most popular option. It will take anywhere from 5 to 21 days to complete the regimen, but you will likely begin seeing results sooner. These are budget-friendly options if you have at least a week to get your smile brighter. 

Many professional dentists offer one-time treatments that are more effective and quicker than at-home kits, though they’ll likely run over $500. This is a great option if you’re short on time or have tough stains that home kits won’t help. 

Your dentist may also offer custom whitening kits that you can take home. They’ll cost around $250 and provide better and faster results than a drugstore kit. 

If you have plenty of time leading up to your wedding, you may want to begin using whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. If you don’t have the results you want closer to your big day, change to a more targeted treatment, like a kit or professional service.
A couple smiling showing-off their sparkling white teeth


Waxing is one of the most effective yet feared beauty treatments a man can get. Yes, it’s scary to enter a day spa and request this painful procedure. But it will give your style a really polished look. 

Here are the top areas that grooms-to-be should consider waxing in preparation for their big day:

  • Eyebrows– a great esthetician can clean up your eyebrows without them looking overly styled. A natural, tidy look is key. 
  • Upper Back / Lower Neck – Do you have stray hairs on your lower neck, below where the barber typically buzzes? You may not know if you’ve never looked, but they may show up in your getting ready pictures or if you remove your jacket at dinner. Request a quick wax of this area if you’d like a clean look around the back of your collar. 
  • Hands – there’s no reason to be ashamed of the hair on your hands (or anywhere else, for that matter), but if you’d rather have a bare look as you exchange rings, then your waxing professional can clean up hands, knuckles, and fingers. They’ll create a natural transition up your wrists, so you don’t have a clear line between hairy arms and bare hands. 
  • Chest – we love a little chest hair, but if you typically shave yours off, consider waxing it instead for your wedding. 

A couple applying essential oils on each other

Skincare Routine

A great skincare routine will carry you beyond your wedding day, as you’ll soon discover how confident you feel when your face is cared for. 

We’ve highlighted the key things men should include in their daily routines below. We recommend beginning your skincare journey at least two weeks before your wedding day, as new products risk irritating skin.

Cleanse Twice a Day

You may need to go through some trial and error to find your perfect cleanser, and your morning one may be different from the one you use at night. But you’ll feel great beginning your day with a fresh, clean face. 

Try a moisturizing cleanser if your skin is typically dry, or an acne-controlling wash with salicylic acid or tea tree oil if you’re prone to breakouts.

SPF in the Morning

If you get nothing else from this entire article, please begin using an SPF moisturizer each morning. You will thank yourself in five, ten, or fifty years, because your skin will be better for it. 

Keep it simple with a basic drugstore moisturizer, or choose one that includes Vitamin C or Hyaluronic Acid. 

Use a Night Cream

At night, your mind and body rest. Now your skin can too. Use a night cream so your skin can recover and balance as you catch your Zs. 
A person bursting a pimple

Blemish Control

You may be prone to breakouts or have a surprise blemish as your big day approaches. Wedding stress can trigger breakouts, so you’ll likely need a little help with blemish control leading up to the wedding. 

Head to a dermatologist if you have time. They can provide a prescription for severe acne or recommend over-the-counter products based on your skin type. Visit early in your wedding planning so you’re prepared as the day gets closer. 

They can also offer masks or chemical peels if you have enough time before your wedding. Sometimes, when you get a facial, they make your face look worse before it gets better, so you need time to recover. 

You can also discuss if a Cortisone Shot would be an option for you during the month of your wedding. Sometimes a professional procedure can calm inflammation and minimize the appearance of blemishes.


One of the best groom tips for looking amazing for your wedding is to wear makeup. Whether you want to look hyper-masculine or soft and pampered (or somewhere in between) on your wedding day, a little makeup will allow you to achieve an excellent groom look. 

Unless you regularly apply makeup, you should definitely hire a professional for this. Most grooms prefer to look like they’re wearing no makeup at all, and a true artist can help achieve that and any other goals you have for your appearance.

Do you want to cover up a blemish? Neutralize redness? Highlight your best features? A touch of makeup can help you look great in your photos without being overdone, even as guests get closer to give you hugs and well wishes. 

Some grooms stick with powder to control shine, or a tinted moisturizer for an even skin tone. But you may want to amp it up by applying mascara or bronzer. 

Consider getting a trial run to ensure you’ll look and feel great on your wedding day. It takes time to get used to wearing makeup, so a few practice days will help you feel more confident and natural as you sport a primed look on your wedding day.
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Manicure & Pedicure

A Mani/Pedi may not top this list of your bachelor party activities list, but a nail salon visit should go somewhere in your wedding week itinerary. Your hand will be the focus of attention as it sports your new ring, so clean, well-cut nails are a must. 

Plus, as the wedding day gets closer, a little relaxing time in the salon chair may be just what you need. We love groom tips that help you feel and look good!

Pedicures are optional, but if you are embarking on a tropical honeymoon, you should give your feet some attention while you’re at the salon.

Prioritize Wellness

If you feel good, you’ll look good, so you should prioritize your wellness in the months and days leading up to your wedding. Need some reminders for taking care of yourself? We’ve rounded up our best self-care tips to make you look rested and glowing for your big day. 

Drink Plenty of Water

Hydration is critical and will help you look and feel your best as you prepare for your wedding. Some men are naturals at drinking water, and others need to get into a good hydration routine. Consider flavoring your water with lemon or fruits, or get a bottle that measures your drinking goal by the hour. 

Rest Up

Getting eight hours of sleep may be a pipe dream for many men, but you should try to get as much rest as possible. You’ll be rewarded with a better mood, a bright and youthful glow, and more energy for all your wedding activities. 

Need help falling and staying asleep? Subscribe to a sleep-aid app, avoid afternoon caffeine, and limit screen time.

If you feel like your sleep is truly suffering, consider seeing a specialist to help you get the rest you need for your wedding and everyday life. 

Skip the Crash Diets

Despite what culture or the media tries to tell us, we don’t have to be as fit and trim as possible on our wedding day. Crash diets and restrictive eating can lead to exhaustion, irritability, and psychological struggles, all of which will impact your spiritual health and outward appearance. 

While eating healthy is always a great idea, stressing over food is one wedding-related worry you should avoid. 

Get Moving

You are likely very busy preparing for your wedding, and this isn’t the time to stress out over a new workout routine. But simple exercises or quick workouts can help get your blood flowing and give your skin a rested, healthy glow. 

Try going for a relaxing walk or a quick jog. Dance in your living room, or try yoga. You don’t have to be the master of a new workout, but a little movement will go a long way as you try to look your best for your wedding. 

One of the best super easy groom tips for beauty is to get in some light exercise on the wedding day. A post-workout glow can last several hours, and also help you feel revived and excited for the ceremony. 
A couple kissing

Groom Tips for Wedding Day Looks: The Bottom Line

Your wedding day is about the love you feel in your heart, not how your skin and teeth look. Nobody will care if you have a blemish or stray hair, so don’t sweat the small details of your appearance. 

But a little self-care can work wonders for your confidence and appearance on your wedding day. Rebecca Niziol of Work With Soul, says, “If you’re feeling extra stressed, try to ground yourself. Sit or lay on the floor, place a hand on your heart and stomach, and breathe in deeply to feel your stomach rise and fall. You can even add in words of affirmation, like: I’m here, I’m ready, I can relax, or Today will be special. This practice will help to ground you in the here and now and stay present to prepare for your big day of enjoyment.”

So if you dream of being a well-groomed groom, consider more than just your outfit and hair. Give your nails and skin a little TLC too. Who knows? You may enjoy it so much that you’ll find yourself carrying the routine far beyond your wedding day!

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