A groom's guide to grooming

A groom's guide to grooming

Just the essentials

Text: Renée Batchelor

Although most eyes will be on the bride on your wedding day, it doesn't mean you shouldn't put in effort to look as suave and dapper as possible. Here are the grooming rituals you should invest in

It's true that grooms often get the short end of the stick. So much emphasis is placed on the bride, from the gown she's chosen to even her bouquet, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't look your best. Here are the basic rituals you should consider doing before your big day... because even if you're only getting a fraction of the attention, that's still going to be a lot of eyes on you.

Kizuki + Lim

The question is when and where. Two weeks to a week before is a good time as cutting it too close to the day may not be ideal. Why? Freshly-shorn locks can look a bit too neat and pristine and it often takes a while to 'grow' into a hairstyle. We strongly advise going to your own hairstylist, as now is not the time for surprises or experimentation. Practice styling your hair in the days leading up to your wedding so you know what looks good and how much product to apply without your locks getting greasy.

Try: If you're feeling adventurous (and like splurging) try a cut by Japanese stylists, the masters of precision, at Kizuki + Lim
Haircuts for men from $50-$100. Kizuki + Lim is at #03-03 Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, 6221-6230

Sultans of Shave

A five o'clock shadow may look gruff and sexy on movie stars, but in our opinion you should either be clean shaven or neatly groomed (if you have a beard) for your big day. Remember photographs can last forever. If you want an old school experience, opt for a classic hot towel shave the evening before  — depending on how quickly your stubble grows back — for a quick spot of pampering and relaxation.

Try: Sultans of Shave for the premium Sultan's Shave, that includes a facial scrub and cold towel shave.
$60. Sultans of Shave is at 11 North Canal Road, #02-01, 6222-0201

Okay this next one may freak you out just a little. But there's nothing wrong with getting your nails groomed for your big day. If sitting in a salon filled with women is not your cup of tea, we suggest heading to the private Bastien Gonzalez studio for a medical-grade manicure that's not about lacquering the nails, but restoring their health and natural sheen. 

Try: Bastien's Manicure, at the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez. It also comes with a fantastic arm and hand massage.
$145 for 45 minutes. At Remède Spa, St. Regis Singapore,  6506-6896 

We Need a Hero

It's probably not good to get a facial a day before the wedding if you've never used anything but soap and water before — in case your react adversely to it. But if you're a bit of a skincare user already and late nights getting wedding errands done has left your skin tired looking and dull, you''ll definitely benefit from a hydrating and regenerating facial.

Try: Ginseng Tonic Facial at We Need a Hero. This quickie facial energises a dull, tired-looking complexion using Siberian ginseng.
$85 for 35 minutes. We Need a Hero is at  57 Eng Hoon Street, #01-86, 6222-5950


An oft-missed but important part of your grooming ritual is wearing a sophisticated, signature scent on your wedding day. Get the guests wondering why you smell so good. Sure, you can hit the department stores to select a new fragrance, but for something under-the-radar, try a cult fragrance store for a more exclusive scent.

Try: Escentials for a ripe selection of exclusive brands like Serge Lutens, Le Labo, Eight & Bob and Byredo.
Escentials is at #03-02 Paragon, 6737-2478