Our complete wedding fashion and bridal beauty guide will walk you through everything from finding your wedding dress, bridal jewelry, and accessories to getting in shape for the big day.
Bridal Beauty Countdown
Follow this monthly bridal health and beauty regimen to ensure you’re radiant on your wedding day.
Few times in your life actually command all to rise from their seats to feast their eyes upon your beauty as you walk into view. For such an occasion, looking “good” just doesn’t cut it; you need to look once-in-a-lifetime fabulous. Feeling the pressure? Fortunately, the one thing you can control on your wedding day is your bridal look. While that fabled bridal glow won’t just miraculously arrive in time for the big day, some planning and prep work can ensure your most radiant self walks down that aisle. To avoid last-minute beauty blunders, here’s what you need to do now and what can wait until your final hours of singlehood…
Get Started Now! (or about 6 months out)
Get great skin
Now’s the time to address any skin problems you’ve tolerated; rid your skin of acne, sun damage, scars, or wrinkles. Book an appointment with your dermatologist and discuss treatment options, such as retinol creams, lasers, skin lighteners, or chemical peels.
Get in shape
If you haven’t already, start a fitness and nutrition routine that you can live with – and stick with until your wedding day (and beyond!). Need some motivation? Join the bridal boot camp craze. These fitness programs geared toward brides are popping up all over the country.
Plan your look
As soon as you’ve found “the dress,” decide how you want to wear your hair and makeup for the big day. Start growing your hair if you think you’ll want it longer. Now’s the time to test new looks. If you’re contemplating a drastic cut or color change, do it now – and leave time to get used to your new do, or change it back.
3–6 Months Out
Hire your pros
If you love your stylist and are getting married locally, make sure he or she is available on your date; otherwise, start auditioning stylists for the big day. Many hair stylists also offer makeup services and are willing to travel, while others do not.
Get a facial
To ensure positively glowing skin on your wedding day, start a regimen of monthly facials.
1 Month Out
Make those whites pearly
Schedule a teeth cleaning, and, if necessary, consider whitening your teeth. Crest white strips are a painless, inexpensive way to whiter teeth. Or, if your budget allows, have them professionally whitened.
Go for a trial run
Schedule your consultation with your hair stylist and makeup artist for about one month prior. You should have your veil and any hair pieces at this time.
Fake a tan
Experiment with tanners, bronzers, lotions, tanning beds, etc. Give yourself enough time to ensure the look is natural and to your liking.
Be bikini-ready for your honeymoon travel. Prep your thighs and any problem areas with anti-cellulite cream.
1–2 Weeks Out
Cut and color
The best time to schedule your final cut and color is one to two weeks out to ensure enough time to fix any last-minute color mishaps. Avoid doing anything too drastic.
Shape your hair down there
Make an appointment to have your bikini line waxed (you don’t want to fumble with razors on your honeymoon), and have any other waxing done now (eyebrows, upper lip, legs). This will allow enough time for any redness to fade.
Get your last facial
Again, leave enough time for any acne/redness to fade.
The Day Before
Put on the polish
Get your final manicure and pedicure the day before so nails can thoroughly dry. Get a bottle of your polish from the manicurist for last-minute touch-ups.
Go light on sodium and curb the alcohol
Have fun, but don’t go crazy at your rehearsal dinner. Too much salt and alcohol leads to eye puffiness.
Pack an emergency kit
Include tissues, nail file, breath mints, bobby pins, and nail polish. Get pressed powder and lipstick from your makeup artist. Our wedding day beauty checklist will let you know what to pack.
Get that beauty sleep
Avoid caffeine and exercise before attempting to go to bed. If you just can’t get enough shut-eye, freeze moistened green or white tea bags to put over your eyes the next day. The tannins will help reduce any puffiness.
Avoid anything too fatty or salty; instead eat fibrous carbs and lean protein for energy.
Drink plenty of water
Try to drink at least 32 ounces in the eight hours leading up to the ceremony.
Give yourself time
Brides typically begin their hair about three hours in advance, followed by makeup.
Relax and smile
You know you look fabulous!