Ultimately, it's up to the man of the hour, but there are some factors to consider.

By Jenn Sinrich
March 08, 2019
wedding groom posing in front of lake

While it's true that the bride tends to get the most attention on the wedding day, it's important to remember that there are two people getting married. That's why the groom deserves some serious TLC, too. In addition to picking out wedding-day attire that makes you feel great, one important decision you'll need to make as the groom is whether or not you want to walk down the aisle with facial hair. Experts agree that there's no right answer: Some men prefer to be clean shaven on the big day while others think it would be strange to do away with their everyday style.

To decide what's right for you, you should first think about how you want to look-both in real life and in photos that you'll reference for many years to come. While the choice is entirely yours to make, most style experts agree that the groom should try to look the way he normally does. That means not growing out a beard just for this occasion or shaving for this one day only. "If the groom's facial hair is part of his usual appearance then there is no reason he needs to shave it for his wedding," says Madeline Korosec, men's grooming merchant at BirchboxMan. "Just like the bride will want to look like the best version of herself, if the groom's facial hair is part of his identity and makes him feel confident, then he shouldn't make a drastic change for the big day, unless he wants to!"

Josh McBride, entertainment host and lifestyle expert, agrees, adding that a groom should consider what he's most comfortable with. However, if the groom does decide to keep facial hair, McBride recommends taking proper care of your beard or mustache in the months leading up to the celebration. Here, professionals share their best grooming tips for men planning on keeping their everyday facial hair for their wedding.

Enlist the help of a good barber or stylist.

If you don't already have a good barber or stylist on speed dial, now is the time to get one-even if you know you're going to ultimately opt for a clean shave. "An experienced and skilled barber will ensure that you have straight sideburns that will look great for all those pictures you will be taking-not to mention control over your facial hair to eliminate any unwanted waves or shapes if you do have a beard," says Esquire's grooming expert Rob Diaz.

Get a facial.

If you've never had a facial in your life, this is time to start. In fact, Marissa Machado-the celebrity groomer who was responsible for helping Nick Jonas prep for his wedding to Priyanka Chopra!-suggests getting your first facial about three months before your wedding, then returning for follow-up visits every 30 days or so. "Getting a basic facial is a great way to clear out any blocked pores, get the circulation and blood flowing as well as hydrate your skin," she says. "It can really make a positive difference in your overall appearance-plus, it feels amazing!"

Wash your face regularly.

Believe it or not, but you should be washing your face twice daily-once in the morning and once at night before bed. Doing so helps clean out pores, even skin tone, and prevent breakouts. This is especially important if you have a beard, as oil, dirt, and grime can more easily get trapped near the hair follicles. Korosec suggests looking for one that removes dirt and oil without drying you out. If you have a beard, you'll want to follow your wash with a beard oil, which Machado says should be applied with a comb to help pull loose strands through.


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