Everyone wants to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. There will be a lot of eyes on you, including people you may not have seen in a while, and photos, there will be a lot of photos. Vanity aside, it’s a significant start of a new chapter in your life, and there’s no shame in wanting to look your best for the big moment.
Although we don’t condone enforcing rigid workout regimens or strict diets to alter your already beautiful body, there are a few beautifying treatments that will enhance the natural beauty of your skin, hair, and nails. Add these appointments to your pre-wedding beauty plan in the months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding day to look and feel your best when you say “I do.”
Thankfully, the months of engagement leading up to your wedding provide ample time to test out any new beauty treatments you have been wanting to try. Use this time to get your hair color just so or your skin in tip-top shape, in case you need to course-correct before the big day.
A trial run with your hair stylist and makeup artist is essential. Whether your vendor offers a trial before you book or after, you should definitely take advantage of this time. Use it to:
If you’re working with a larger hair and makeup business, you will want to make sure that your trial is with the professional who will be there on your wedding day.
It’s okay to be particular about how you look, especially on a day as important as this, so you’ll likely have to fine-tune your hair or makeup to suit your personal style. This is why a trial is crucial. You’ll have plenty of time at the trial to make adjustments so that your look will be just as you picture on your wedding day. Don’t be shy about giving your stylists feedback—they are pros, they can handle it.
You should feel confident in your own skin on your wedding day, and one of the best ways to ensure that it’s picture-perfect is by getting regular facials, ideally once a month, throughout your engagement season. Skin is a tricky business and there’s no one-size-fits-all regimen for perfect wedding-ready skin. But, getting consistent facials allows you to work with an esthetician who can quickly become an expert in your skin, its type, its troubles, and the potential hazards that could pop up the week of your wedding. The earlier you start getting monthly facials, the more time you give your skin to respond to treatments, improve, and heal. Following your facial, remember to also do your bridal skincare routine at home up until your wedding.
As you round the final corner and the wedding day is in sight, follow up with your final hair and skin appointments. Book these appointments for one to two weeks before your wedding.
You never know how you’re going to react to a facial, be it the technique or products used, which is why it’s important to get one a few months out from your wedding to see how you do. When you’re in the final 14-day countdown, leave all ingredients that could irritate your skin type at the door and go easy on the extractions, but don’t forgo that final facial. Instead, get a gentle cleansing and hydrating facial that will clear your skin of any impurities and provide you with flawless skin.
If you have sensitive skin or other underlying skin issues, be sure to talk to your dermatologist to see if a facial is the best wedding day skincare option for you.
Two weeks is just enough time to let your hair settle into a fresh cut and color. Schedule your final hair appointments in this window to ensure that you can get a couple of washes in before the big day. Whether you’re blonde, brunette, redhead, or have glossy black locks, you’ll want your color looking its best on your wedding day. Go all out and get a gloss so that your hair will have extra shine on your big day. While your final trip to the salon can help achieve the perfect hue, you can play a part at home, too. Maintain your salon hair color with a tinted shampoo. For blondes, a purple shampoo used once a week can work wonders on banishing brassiness from your cool-hued head.
You’ll likely be using a lot of hair tools and products that can strip your hair of its natural shine and cause damage not only on your actual wedding day, but for all the many events leading up to it. Take care of your tresses by giving them some TLC with an added deep conditioning treatment at the salon or at home.
By this time, you’ve already nailed down your beauty look, and done the consistent work on your skin, body, and hair to look and feel your best. So, it’s time for the finishing touches. The week before your wedding day will likely be busy with family and friends in town, finalizing details with your vendors, and pre-wedding festivities, but set some time aside to treat yourself to a beauty appointment or two.
Be it your eyebrows, legs, armpits, or bikini line, there’s likely someplace, or multiple, you have unwanted hair, especially if you’re wearing a sleeveless wedding dress or slipping into a short dress for the reception. You’ll want to set up your waxing appointments for three to five days before your wedding day to give your skin time to cool off and give you time to treat any irritation that occurs. If you’re heading to a tropical hotspot for your honeymoon, nix the razor and wax everywhere for a fuss-free trip.
Ah yes, the long-awaited pre-wedding day mani and pedi. Grab your girls or your mom, or escape by yourself to the nail salon to indulge in a little rest and relaxation. Your hands may have been busy DIY-ing last-minute favors, and your toes may be tired from breaking in your wedding shoes, so kick your feet up and add on the extra 10-minute massage. When it comes to colors, the wheel is your oyster, but consider something that won’t draw attention away from your beautiful face in photos. Play it safe with nude and pinky hues, or choose a deep berry shade that is bold without being distracting. If you want your manicure to last through the honeymoon, opt for a gel or dip powder, which will be chip-free long after you return.
The big day is two days away and you’re already glowing, we’re sure. But, if you want that sunkissed look and a bit of a reprieve from the business of planning, pencil in these final appointments to complete your pre-wedding beauty plan.
The hard part is done and now you can sit back and relax, hopefully. Although you are finished with just about every part of the wedding planning process by this point, there can be unexpected occurrences, such as last-minute RSVPs or unpredictable weather that add stress, not to mention pre-wedding jitters that can make even the most even-keeled bride lose her cool. Combat stress and anxiety with a massage one or two days before your wedding to loosen you up and put your mind at ease. This is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a break, so duck out from the crowd and give in to being pampered for an hour or two.
If looking like a bronze goddess, or like you just walked off the plane from Hawaii, is key to achieving your wedding day beauty look, then a spray tan is the essential final step in your pre-wedding beauty regime. But, even if you’re not going for gold, if you’re typically tan, yet you’re getting married in the winter, or if you’re naturally pale, a spray tan can add a healthy color to your complexion and ensure that you won’t look washed out in photos. This appointment should be last, because you want your tan to be fresh, not faded, and you don’t want oils from your massage or water and exfoliant from your mani, pedi, and facial to cause it to come off. Don’t fear the spray tan. The modern formulas and professionals are fool-proof, so you won’t be streaky or orange. If it’s not for you, you can always opt for a gradual tanning lotion to achieve a glow at home, too.
There really is a laundry list of things we can do to make ourselves look and feel more beautiful. If you want the whole kitchen sink treatment, don’t stop with the seven beauty treatments listed above. There are a few additional services that deserve honorable mention:
Beauty appointments can either be a fun respite from wedding planning or just another thing to add to the to-do list. So, when making your pre-wedding beauty plan, choose only the appointments that make sense for you. After all, it’s your natural beauty that should shine through.