Bells N Whistles, the creators of amazing events with style, have dedicated this month to the groom... fondly renamed Groom June! Founder and director of Bells N Whistles, Jennifer Kennedy, shared with Modern Wedding some tips to help grooms get more involved in planning their own wedding and increase the pre-wedding day groom-volvement. They also took some cheeky snaps of a world where women act like groom & groomsmen.
It's the day of your wedding. Everything is in place and ready. There's a buzz at the brides with a team of professionals maliciously overseeing every inch of the brides appearance. However what about our grooms, without a glam squad on hand, what can they do to ensure that they look their best?
Here are some simple steps the groom can take to look his best on the big day:
Getting your hair right is a must! Make sure that you get your hair cut approx. 10 days before the wedding. This is optimum time to grow out a bit if something goes wrong, and not having it look like its freshly cut. Also, product is your friend!
Skin care is often overlooked, but a nice little treat on the day is a hot shave! Make sure you cleanse your skin the night prior and after your shave, be sure to put on a gentle moisturizer. If you are having an outdoor wedding, don't forget the sunscreen (or get a moisturizer with sunscreen to save you time).
Grubby, callused, nail bitten hands are not a great look. Your hands will be 'on show' putting on the ring, cake cutting and holding your brides hand, so take the time and get a professional manicure, or at least give them a good scrub with a nail brush, clip your nails and use an emery board to smooth off the ends.
Look the part...'How many times have I arrived at a hotel suite to find guys in daggy shorts and tees looking blankly at me,' says photographer Tony Potts. 'Ideally the guys will be dressed in their pants, and I can shoot the rest of the prep - shirt, ties, jacket, boutonniÃ¨re, in the bathroom fixing their hair etc.'
'When I arrive at the grooms place, I want to see them doing something related to the wedding day. Celebrating - with family, a toast to their marriage, frantically writing a speech - but not sitting down watching the cricket!' Says Tony.
Bells N Whistles Events recommend if you are getting ready at home, leave one room tidy - for photos, alternatively, if you are getting ready in a hotel, call down to reception and ask them to come up and tidy your room. A well made bed looks a lot better in photos.
A hotel suite is the ideal location to get ready in, its nicely decorated, big enough to fit your groomsmen's, family and the photographer. Emily from Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel says they give couples the VIP treatment - whether you are a guest or holding your wedding in the hotel. Room service ensures that you have everything you may need at the end of the phone.
Also, it's so important that the guys either learn to put their boutonniÃ¨re on properly, or leave it to someone else. Jennifer Kennedy from Bells N Whistles Events admits 'the amount of time we've found the boutonniÃ¨res put on badly, sideways, upside down or just hanging off is astounding - we often fix them at the ceremony or we ask the florist to deliver to the ceremony, so we can put them on correctly!'
For the month of June, Bells N Whistles Events are giving Grooms 15% off our whole range or packages from proposals to full wedding planning and styling. The only condition is you need to book by June 30th 2013 and the groom must be the one to engage our services.
Flowers Susan Avery Flowers and Events Photography Tony Potts Photography Hair Bernadette of Exquisite Bridal Hair Makeup Julie Elton Makeup Words & Styling Jennifer Kennedy of Bells N Whistles Events Suits Thanks to Belinda from Peppers Formal Wear, Double Bay Venue Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel