The big day is approaching and you’ve hired your celebrant and wedding videographer/photographer, organized the tables, invitations, and decorations, blah, blah, blah. What about you? You want to look and feel your best, but exactly how do you go about that? There are so many things to consider, but getting stressed over it is the last thing you need. Ugh, somebody help!
Take a deep breath, follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to being a stress-free, beautiful bride.
For any bride, the dress is up to the top of the “to do” list, and this is a good thing. It is important to take your time finding your dress, so be sure not to rush. It doesn’t matter if you try on 100 dresses; find the one that suits you and your body.
Make sure the dress is somewhat practical as you want to enjoy your day; tripping over it while you’re trying to work the room at your wedding reception is not ideal.
Leave enough time for final adjustments to the dress; putting things off until the eleventh hour is a big no-no if you want to hold onto your sanity.
This is probably the most important tip, as planning ahead can avoid unnecessary issues (and stress) arising on the day.
Hair, makeup, nail polish – in fact, anything like this should already be worked out well before the day so you can spend more time enjoying getting ready and less time stressing out.
It’s not the time to start experimenting with something that’s foreign to you. Fake nails, eyelashes, all of that stuff. If you’ve never gone there before, best not start now. Be yourself and go with options you’re comfortable with and that you know to suit you.
Give your hair a trim a few weeks prior to your wedding to eliminate those split ends, and make sure to wash your hair the day before, not on the day of your wedding. The reason for this is that your natural oils will help to hold your style in place and not slip out.
If your hair needs a bit more volume there are several hair thickening shampoos and cosmetic products on the market. Toppik is a very popular hair thickener in Australia with thousands of happy customers but be sure to try it several times before the big day because the application can take some getting used to.
Waterproof mascara – this cannot be stressed enough. Not everyone is a ball of mush, but if you’re the type that may shed a tear, this is essential.
If your budget won’t stretch to fit a professional makeup artist, do your own research. Bridal magazines and websites are a great idea to work out what you like. You could even visit the makeup counter for a free trial; tell them you’re preparing for your wedding and gain as many tips as you can.
Your beauty regime continues well past the face. If you want to look your absolute best then having hydrated, glowing skin all over your body is a must.
Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. This will get rid of dead skin cells and make your skin a whole lot smoother. If you have trouble with acne or just want to refresh your skin, you could arrange a laser hair and skin clinic consult to discuss your options.
Don’t forget to moisturize. Hydrated skin is happy skin, so lather up with a rich moisturizer after your shower, or before you go to bed. Either way, do it daily and your skin will thank you.
Here are a few final tips to make sure you’re relaxed, organized and looking as gorgeous as possible on your wedding day.
- Eat well and exercise: this is important for everyday life to stay healthy and feel good, try not to let it slip with the craziness of arranging a wedding.
- Relax with your soon-to-be groom: leading up to your day, when everything is in place, all that’s left to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company. Have a movie night in, go for a couples massage. Whatever you do, this is a stress-free zone.
- Survival kit: a great little idea for the reception to make sure you look your best until the wee hours. Pack some bobby pins, hairspray, makeup, deodorant, mints, and even flat shoes so you can dance the night away.
The most vital thing when it comes to pulling off a no-hassle wedding is preparation. Simple. Plan everything from your wedding band, to what color eye shadow you’ll be wearing. Every little detail needs to be in place before the day, so you can relax and enjoy and know that you look a million bucks!