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If there’s one day when a man needs to look his best, it’s his wedding day. Grooming Guru Lee Kynaston says… the most important tool a modern groom has is his barber.

In the past, all the attention an a wedding day was on the bride but, now men want to look as amazing as their betrothed and are willing to use whatever the grooming industry has to offer. A decent haircut is a key concern, so here’s how to ensure every man looks his best on his big day.

Playing safe. The photographic proof of a rash make-over just before the wedding will be with you forever. “For a new style, start thinking about it four or five cuts before and avoid something conjured up for the day,” advises Adam Palmer, of Mitchells Male Barbers in Chelmsford.

Skipping the shine. There’s nothing worse than an oil-slick hair in your wedding photos. Palmer suggests matt finish products and a little hairspray to ensure everything stays in place.

Neck it. Many men forget that on their wedding day people will be looking at the back of their head for much of the time. “I always advise that grooms pop in on the wedding morning to have a last minute tidy,” says Palmer.

Beard basics. “The trick is to make beards look neat and tidy but not fake,” says Master Barber and Session Stylist Carmelo Guastella. “I shave just above the Adam’s apple and blend the line to make things look natural. Also, it’s easy to make a silly mistake at home on your wedding morning, so a professional beard trim is well worth while.”

Buddying up. Remember the best man, father of the bride and the groom’s mates all need to look good too. They also should all have some pre-wedding primping; they don’t want to let the side down.

Tips for grooms

A few (non-hair) pre-wedding grooming do’s and don’ts

DO get a manicure. “A man’s hands are on full display all day and in the pictures at a wedding, so there’s get a professional manicure,” says the UK’s leading nail technician Leighton Denny.

DON’T overdo the fragrance. Only two to three sprays to your chest rather than your neck and wear your regular scent.

DO time facials correctly. Remember facials can trigger blemishes so have one week or so before the big day.

Lee Kynaston is one of the UK’s best-known grooming experts see groomingguru.co.uk. @grooming_guru.

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