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A GETTING READY GUIDE FOR THE GROOM (or anyone!)

This guide is for the groom (or anyone!), to help you with decisions made to make your a little bit easier, more relaxed, which means good times and great photos.  Getting ready to see your life partner is an important part of your big day, so set the bar high with these tips for good times, and great photos, too!

CHOOSE A GREAT ATMOSPHERE

Spend this time making memories with your favorite people for the start of a great day.  When choosing a getting ready location, make sure to choose one that’s an appropriate size for the number of people getting ready with you.  It’s important to have plenty of space for everyone to move around.  Having natural window light is always a bonus, and great for photos.

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INVEST IN A SUIT/TUXEDO

Instead of renting a suit or tux, why not invest in one?  (You’ll likely get more use out of it than a bride’s dress.)  Investing in a great suit or tux that can be worn again is an investment you will not regret.  My favorite suit that I own is similar to this one.  Great, inexpensive suits can be found on ZaraIndochino.  Finding a good tailor is all a part of the process.  A custom-tailored suit will look great and you’ll be happy to have it in your closet. I personally think it’s better to keep it classic but also be personal with the accessories you wear with your outfit such a watch, tie/bow-tie, shoes, cuff links, etc.  If your budget allows, a custom suit could be a great option as well.

Here are a few favorite brands: Bonobos, J Crew, Massimo Dutti, SuitSupply, Everlane.

GET GROOMED

If having a fresh haircut and professional shave makes you feel your best, then set aside some time to do so before the wedding.  Choosing exactly when to do so (whether it be the day of, the day before, or a few days before) depends on your preference, but it’s a good idea to plan ahead either way.  Take extra care of your skin ahead of time as well.

Favorite easy skincare: cleanser, moisturizer and eye cream.

Barbershops in New Orleans: The Parker Barber, Factotum Barber + Supply, and Lakeview Barbershop.

TAKE YOUR TIME BUT BE ON TIME

Carve out some time to just hang out with your friends.  Grab a drink or share a meal.  Enjoy the day leading up to the wedding ceremony.  Plan ahead so that although your day is going at a relaxed and leisurely pace, you don’t lose track and become rushed or late.  We typically make a timeline with all of our couples, setting goal times on when to be dressed for photos, etc.  This time is special, you won’t regret spending it at an easy, relaxing pace.

STAY PRESENT

An easy way to feel your best on your wedding day is to be present.  Say thanks to those who are sharing this time with you.  They are likely the ones who got you to this moment.  It’s always a nice idea to write a few sweet words to your soon to be spouse, and thank those around you.  Sharing your gratitude is an easy way to keep the vibes high.

 

Hope you enjoyed this getting ready guide for the groom (or anyone!).