The most important element on a wedding day – more important than any singular detail, any mistimed moments or mispronounced words – is that the day is shrouded in love. It’s that magic factor that can’t be added to a to-do list or systematically ticked off. It’s that all-encompassing, enveloping energy that makes the day perfect even when the bows aren’t symmetrical or there’s a typo on the menu. However, that’s not to say those little details won’t niggle in retrospect…
For all the planning, effort, organization, t-crossing and i-dotting, there are always parts of a wedding day you reflect upon and deep down, wish were done a little differently. One of the most common laments is the missed details in the presentation of the groom and his groomsmen. It’s an easy one to miss. You’ve chosen the suits together, the shoes are all the right style and shade, and the cufflinks and the ties are all cohesive. You get to the end of the aisle and you’re totally in the moment. You enjoy the day, but then you get your wedding photos…
The pocket squares aren’t straight, your husband missed a spot shaving, his tie is a bit short… The morning of the wedding is ceremonious for brides but often overlooked for the groom. Recognizing this gap in wedding day preparations, we’re incredibly excited to have discovered Perth-based Groomed Men.
Groomed Men take care of those tiny details that are so often forgotten. They knot the perfect tie or bowtie, tidy facial hair and hairlines, steam shirts and polish shoes – not only for the groom, but also the groomsmen and father-of-the-groom, and can even offer a blow wave for the mother-of-the-groom. Groomed Men also cater refreshments for the groom’s morning and are on hand for neck and shoulder massages to help the other half of the bridal party relax and feel special in the lead up to the nervous wait at the end of the aisle.
We caught up with Maria of Groomed Men to find out the key moments that are often overlooked for the groom, and she shared with us her 10 essential tips for making the wedding day preparations just as special for him too.
1. Make sure everyone is covered when it comes to buttonholes. So often the father-of-the-groom and father-of-the-bride are overlooked, but they’re just as important too!
2. Haircuts. Make sure you’re booked in the week of the wedding - you don’t want to be rushing around the day before the wedding trying to get a cut.
3.If you’ve purchased cufflinks make sure you’ve got French cuff shirts (believe it or not it does happen).
4. Be involved in the suit process so you know exactly what you’re wearing for the day.
5. Have a schedule. Men need time to prepare and get ready and so often time gets away. Know what time your photographer, buttonholes and cars are arriving.
6. Have a checklist - suits, rings, shoes, speeches…
7. Make sure the suits and shirts are labeled, especially when having alterations. There is nothing worse than trying to work out whose pants are whose.
8. Have your speech and vows written before the wedding day. You don’t want to be stressing the morning of the wedding finishing them off, you want to be as relaxed as possible in the lead-up.
9. Make time to eat a good breakfast, line your stomach for the day and pack an Esky of emergency snacks for after the ceremony.
10. Don’t drink too much before the ceremony. There is nothing worse than standing at the end of the aisle and all your bride can smell is alcohol.