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Grooms: A Groom's Style Checklist

Worried that with all the wedding hoopla, you'll forget those wedding cufflinks? Read on for a groom's checklist of everything you'll need.

Photo: Missy McLamb

With all that wedding planning crowding your mind and your bride's focus on her outfit, you might forget about all the formalwear. But looking good requires planning ahead. How to go about it? Follow this to-do timeline.

Three Months Before

  • Decide what you and your groomsmen will wear. Go tux shopping or reserve rentals for you and your posse.

One Month Before

  • If you’re buying a tux, make sure alterations are finished and go in for a final fitting. If the tux still doesn't fit quite right, the shop will still have time to make final alterations.

One Week Before

  • Get a haircut!
  • Get a manicure (no polish -- just clean, buffed nails).
  • Buy new boxers for the big day. Surprise your bride with something stylish.

One Day Before

  • If you’re renting, pick up your tux. Make sure your groomsmen, your father, and the ring bearer get their tuxes, too.
  • If you’re renting or buying, double check that all the elements are included in the correct size: jacket, trousers, shirt, tie, vest or cummerbund, shoes, cuff links, and dress socks.
  • If you will be dressing somewhere other than at home, pack up your outfit and grooming products today. You should gather:
    Hair products
    Deodorant
    Tie
    Cummerbund or belt
    Vest
    Coat or jacket
    Cuff links and studs
    Dress shirt
    Watch
    Trousers
    Undershirt
    Underwear
    Socks
    Shoes
    And last, but definitely not least, the wedding rings

The Morning of the Wedding Day

  • Get a close shave.
  • Take a hot shower.
  • Remember your deodorant! This might be a high-sweat day.
  • Remember the rings. Place them in your pocket to entrust to your best man sometime before the ceremony.
  • If possible, ask your mother to pin on your boutonniere. This mother/son moment will bring a tear to her eye.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply, take one last look in the mirror, and get ready for your lovely bride's entrance.

-- Elise Proulx

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