A lot of preparation goes into the average wedding, from booking the venue and vendors, to planning the guest list and sending out invites, to buying a dress and renting tuxes. And that doesn’t even begin to get into the details and expenses involved. With all this planning you want to make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch, so to speak. And of course, you want to look your best on your special day, when every eye will be on you (not to mention every camera). So here are just a few tips that should get you looking gorgeous and feeling confident in time to say “I do”.
- Get fit. Although you want to look your best on your wedding day, getting in shape and dropping a few pounds can be tough, especially when all your extra time is going toward sampling food and cake for the reception. But there are two very good reasons to squeeze some into your schedule. Obviously, you want to trim down so that you look fantastic in your wedding dress. But exercise can also be good for your mental health, and with all the added stress, you could definitely use a chance to clear your head, not to mention the boost of endorphins and the restful sleep that are byproducts of physical activity. So as soon as you settle on a date, start on a regular fitness routine.
- Cut and color. When it comes to cutting and coloring your hair, you shouldn’t do anything too radical right before your wedding. It can be tempting to change things up when you’re feeling frazzled and out of control, but you might regret it when you are stuck with wedding photos that feature a punky new cut or color. So schedule an appointment a couple of weeks before the wedding to get your cut and color done (so your hair has time to soften a bit before your big day). You can also take this opportunity to discuss your wedding hairdo with your stylist and even give it a try to make sure you love it.
- Facial. Make an appointment for a facial at least 3-5 days before the wedding. You might think that doing it the day before is a better option. What if you suffer a breakout right before your nuptials? But this is a big mistake. Your skin may be red and a bit swollen after a facial, a condition that could last a couple of days. And any blemishes you had extracted could take several days to heal completely. If you want a flawless finish, giving your skin a few days to recover from a facial is your best bet.
- Nails. There’s really nothing more relaxing than getting your nails done, especially if you go to a salon that offers spa mani-pedis, massage chair and all. So gather up the girls the day before the wedding and schedule a relaxing couple of hours at your favorite nail salon.
- Day-of styling. This is probably going to be both stressful and fun. Obviously, the stress centers on the fact that so much planning has gone into this special day and you want it to work out perfectly. Plus, you probably have butterflies in your stomach about walking down the aisle and committing the rest of your life to another person. However, this is also the day that you get to spend sitting around in girly robes from Wedding Prep Gals with all your favorite ladies as you get your hair and makeup done. It’s going to be a roller coaster, no doubt about it, but one in which you’ll be surrounded by love the whole day through. So take a deep breath, relax, and remember to enjoy every moment!