The venue is booked, your dress is well hidden in your closet, you’ve created Pinterest boards for your florist and have a house full of décor items, it’s starting to get real! Take a deep breath, everything will come together and you will have a fabulous day, but something that many Brides often forget is to look after themselves.
Your wedding day is your time to look your best. With a little prep, pampering and planning there is no doubt you will absolutely look stunning but don’t leave all of this to the week before. We all know that looking good takes time. Am I right? So today I have a simple Wedding Beauty Timeline that you can follow to make sure you’re gorgeous on the day!
6 Months Before
- Avoid crash dieting before your wedding by starting your fitness and nutrition routine early. You’ll have that healthy and glowing look on your big day, instead of exhausted and weak.
- Start a facial regime- cleanse, tone and moisturize everyday. If you’re not sure which products to use, test products as everyone’s skin is different. You should be exfoliating 2 to 3 days per week as well!
- If you’re thinking about changing your hair color, experiment now just in case it’s a disaster you have plenty of time to correct or grow it out.
4 Months Before
- If you’ve chosen your hair and makeup team, now is the time to have a few trials, experiment with some styles but remember to stay true to who you are and pick what you’re most comfortable with. You don’t want your guests, not to mention your Groom wondering who’s walking up the aisle.
- Looking to make your pearly whites whiter? Most professional teeth whitening sessions take more than one appointment so book your first appointment now. More budget friendly whitening kits can be found at Shopper’s Drug Mart or online at Crest Whitestrips– a product I swear by, just make sure to read all the information if you’re doing it yourself. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is tooth sensitivity.
3 Months Before
- Begin the process of booking all of your day-of appointments (hair, makeup, etc.) and write everything down in a personal planner or calendar. Staying organized is always in a Bride’s favor!
1-2 Months Before
- Kick your fitness regime into full gear. Take your fitness and nutrition routine to the next level at the two month mark. Add in an extra 30 minutes of cardio or sign up for an extra yoga class per week.
- Start drinking your 3-4 litres of water a day. Dehydration is directly reflected in your skin (think dullness and dryness). Being hydrated will help your energy level for all of the planning and festivities and will help your complexion look brighter and better. If you’re having trouble consuming that much water, try drinking it at room temperature or add in some lemons or limes.
2 Weeks Before
- Avoid excessive alcohol and salt. I know you don’t want to hear this but both are culprits that cause major water retention. Also, cut back on refined sugars and caffeine as they too cause puffiness.
- If you’d like a subtle color change, now is the time. Trim any split ends while you’re there as well.
- If you haven’t already, start exfoliating your body at least two to three times per week. Try a gentle scrub, like Fresh Sugarbath Brown Sugar Body Polish that sloughs off dead skins cells without drying out your skin.
- Start using deep conditioning conditioner twice a week in the run up to soften and repair damaged hair.
- Eyebrow shaping and tinting tidy up. Get your brows waxed, threaded, or shaped at the two meet mark. You can just tweeze any stray hairs at least one day before your wedding to avoid any redness or irritation.
- Make sure that you have your eyelash extension appointment at least two weeks prior to your wedding day. Making your appointment early (but not too early that they fall out) to ensure your eyes don’t have an adverse reaction.
7 Days Before
- Get your waxing at least 5 days before so your skin has time to heal.
- If you’re going down the fake tan route, remember less is more and get a spray tan 3 days before the wedding. The last thing you want is tanner rubbing off on your gown or your guests.
- Have a gentle facial (only one you’ve tried before!).You will want a soothing, hydrating facial.
- Get a massage. Especially the week before your wedding there are going to be a lot of obligations and tasks to tend to so it may be difficult to carve out time for yourself but I HIGHLY recommend it. Even 45 minutes of bliss will help you to relax and bring a sense of calm to a hectic time.
- 2 days before is when you should have scheduled your mani-pedi. A long-lasting treatment like Shellac is best to avoid chipping (but still get everyone else to do the heavy lifting!)
This may seem like a lot to take in, but it’s always best to be organized. I bet that a lot of the items on this timeline are things you’re probably already doing, but watch the tricky ones that might cause reactions or are significant changes to your regular routine.
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