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Grooming the Groom: Skin-Care Tips for Men

Your wedding day isn’t the time for scruff. Five essential products for his skin.

By Douglas Bair Image via Shutterstock.

Skip the 5 o’clock shadow and the itchy-scratchy kisses and keep your face hair-free on your wedding day. Trust us, you’ll look better in the pictures without the scruff—and keep your mother-in-law happy, too.

Caution: a quick scrub and a shave minutes before hopping into the limo to the church will not cut it. Instead, incorporate these five products into your daily facial regimen a few weeks before the big day so your skin gets used to the process. We wouldn’t send you to the altar looking anything less than your very best (clean-shaven) self.

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Wedding Style: Don’t Forget the Men

Your groom and his crew will benefit from these helpful tips courtesy of Bonobos.

By Yelena Moroz Alpert Bonobos Guideshop in Georgetown. Photograph courtesy of Bonobos.

Pass this on to your fiancé: Bonobos, the once online-only retailer, recently set up a Guideshop boutique in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley (right across from Kafe Leopold). The intimate space, staffed with expert fashion advisers, should probably be on your radar since it offers not only discreet, one-on-one sartorial assistance but also loads of wedding-day options. From beachside casual to cosmopolitan formal, there are pants, ties, shirts, and suits (like this gray cotton twill number, $425, which also comes in navy and khaki) to fit any nuptial mood. Those getting hitched this summer and still on the hunt for suiting should look into the new featherweight seersucker ($564 for a three-piece suit).

He’ll want to bring the groomsmen, too—let them choose from one of Bonobos’ playful ties (from $68). Setting up an appointment pays off; the staff at the Guideshop will even order in the party’s favorite beer, and offer a discount of 15 percent on clothing orders of five pieces or more. And no doubt your guy will like the extra attention.

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For the Grooms

Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas

Pop the question in style with three DC venue ideas.

By Kim Forrest
Booth number 1 at Martin's Tavern is still a popular spot for proposals.

Proposing on Valentine’s Day isn’t the most original idea, but hey, it is the day to celebrate love, so why not? In case you’re thinking about popping the question on or around February 14 (we recommend waiting until the 15th or 16th, just to fake her out), we asked Falls Church wedding planner Lesley Cohen of LelyCo Events and Venue Safari for some creative last-minute proposal ideas.

Presidential Proposal: “If your significant other loves presidents of the past, take her for a meal at Martin’s Tavern and request the booth where John F. Kennedy popped the question to Jackie,” says Cohen. [Ed. note: While the story of JFK proposing at Martin’s is sometimes disputed, the tavern is still a popular spot for engagements.]

Art Lovers: “Tour the National Portrait Gallery and propose in the Kogod Courtyard, which has been named one of the seven architectural wonders of the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine,” suggests Cohen.

Love on Ice: “Grab an early bite to eat, and then head to the ice-skating rink at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden,” Cohen says. “Nothing is more romantic than skating hand in hand; then you drop to one knee at the center of the rink for a fun and dramatic proposal.”

Are you planning a Valentine’s Day proposal? Don’t forget to get pictures of the big moment, and then send them our way at realweddings@washingtonian.com. We’ll post them on the blog!

For the Grooms

A Nationals Proposal

A Washingtonian staffer races Teddy—and wins a Nats fan’s hand in marriage

By Kim Forrest

Last week, we provided tips on how to stage the perfect proposal. Today, we’re showing you a live example. Our online account executive, Matt Hendrickson, proposed to his girlfriend of six years (and major Nats fan), Jennie Kushlis, last weekend in rare, but incredible style—on the field at Nationals Park, with DC’s favorite lovable loser, Teddy, taking a major role in the action. Luckily, he videotaped the whole thing.

Just watch.

Proposal: Matt and Jennie (part 2--full version) from Emma Patti on Vimeo.

Did you have an amazing proposal? Email us at realweddings@washingtonian.com and tell us about it!

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For the Grooms

How to Plan a Proposal

Grooms, we’re here for you! Our weekly column will give you tips and tricks to help you navigate the confusing, stressful process known as wedding planning. This week, we focus on popping the question.

By Kim Forrest

Aside from planning weddings and social events, twin sisters Amber Karson and Emily Butler of Capitol Hill’s Amber Karson Events also help guys plan creative and unique marriage proposals. Here are their top tips:

Know Thy Bride
“The first step is really thinking about the bride’s personality and focusing in on what her dream proposal would be,” says Karson. “Is she shy by nature or the life of the party? Answering this question is a good starting point on whether you want to plan something private or in front of a crowd. For example, if she’s super shy, proposing in a restaurant in front of a lot of people is probably not a good idea.”

Pay Attention
“Is your significant other always asking you to step it up a notch in the romance department?” asks Butler. “The proposal is the perfect time to showcase your romantic side.”

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