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How to Rock a Beard for Your Wedding

Or, Groom­ing the Groom, if you will.

With how many men are out there with a beard as part of their sig­na­ture look, you’d think that all men were just born know­ing how to take care of that beau­ti­ful mass of hair. But that’s not always the case. Keep in mind, how­ev­er, the art of hav­ing a beard is a long process, so make sure you start prepa­ra­tions months before tack­ling the aisle.

Oh, and if any­one is try­ing to tell you that a beard isn’t right for your wed­ding, they’re wrong. Plain and sim­ple. As long as you’re keep­ing up with it, it’ll look great. It will look bet­ter than great. Besides, if you’ve had a beard for awhile, and then shave it, you could end up look­ing baby-faced. Either that or you’ll have a beard tan. And both of those options are ten times worse than just rock­ing that god giv­en gift on your face.

If you’re plan­ning on pulling off a gor­geous beard for your wed­ding, here are some easy steps to make sure you and your beard are look­ing your best.

closeup of bride and groom in blue suit

Grow your beard

An obvi­ous first step, I know, but hav­ing an ide­al length in mind before you start hack­ing away at your hard work is impor­tant. If you have giv­en your­self enough time, this is also a good way to test mul­ti­ple looks. Mon­i­tor your progress and keep a record. That way you know how you look at each stage and how you want your beard to look for your wed­ding.

Regularly trim your beard

If you are well-versed in the art of beard trim­ming, then you’re already ahead of the curve. It’s easy enough to pick up your razor and make sure you don’t have any extra stub­ble pop­ping up, but if you want to tack­le a big­ger job, you may want to watch some videos on YouTube first. We rec­om­mend hav­ing a pro­fes­sion­al take care of at least the trim clos­est to your wed­ding day, though.

Keep in mind, too, that it doesn’t have to be some mas­ter bar­ber if you don’t want to spend too much mon­ey. Try out your local Sports Clips, or what have you, a time or two and if you trust them, then by all means, go that route. As long as you are tak­ing care of your beard, then it doesn’t real­ly mat­ter who trims it.

groom in blue suit

Wash your beard

Did you know there’s sham­poos made espe­cial­ly for your beard? Well, now you do, so there’s no excuse not to use it. Not only does it wash your hair and help reduce itch­i­ness, beard sham­poo is also bet­ter to use than reg­u­lar sham­poos that strip away oils in your skin.

Invest in some nice beard balm and/or oil

We can­not empha­size the impor­tance of beard con­di­tion­ing enough. Beard balms or oils are essen­tial not just to a beard that looks good, but for a beard that feels good. Beard oil hydrates and con­di­tions your beard and the skin beneath. Beard balm mois­tur­izes, con­di­tions, and soft­ens. Both help to pro­mote healthy beard growth. And if you’re going full beard, go on and get your­self a beard comb, too.

Even if you don’t care how soft your beard is (which you should), your bride (and every­one you’ve ever stabbed with your Bril­lo pad face) will once she real­izes there’s anoth­er way. And soon you’ll be all aboard the Great Beard Express. It only takes a few weeks, if that, to start notic­ing a dif­fer­ence, but it’s a great habit to keep up, so start ear­li­er than that. Like as soon as you have a beard.

bride and groom in blue suit

Embrace your face

You’re auto­mat­i­cal­ly cool­er just by hav­ing those extra hairs on your head, but if you’re wor­ried about it, what your bride or grand­ma might say, well, then just get over it. You’re awe­some. Your bride’s opin­ion might mat­ter some, but grand­ma can take a back seat. If your bride just can’t get over it, then show her you know how to rock it. Show her how pow­er­ful and sexy a well-groomed beard can be. You’re calm, cool, and col­lect­ed. You have a beard. And you’re ready.

If you haven’t real­ly tak­en care of your beard before now, shame on you. Now you have no excuse not to. And no excuse not to shout the impor­tance of beard main­te­nance from the rooftops. Tell your friends. Tell your dad. Tell your bride; she’ll keep you hon­est. Tell any­one doesn’t already know exact­ly how to make an awe­some beard even more awe­some.

There are so many small details that go into cre­at­ing your dream wed­ding, but that does­n’t mean you should have to stress. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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