How to Prepare for Your Wedding Day Look: Practical Bridal Beauty Tips for the Bride

So you’ve found your dream gown, have all your gorgeous accessories, and your perfect look is becoming a reality. So exciting, right? Now it’s time to set some time aside for yourself and your beauty regime. Whether you plan on keeping things super simple or splurging a bit, there are mutual things to consider.

First or foremost, remember that drastically changing your look is not the way to go. You are beautiful! Your partner is in love with you as is. So, take a breath and focus on how to look your best without stressing or driving yourself nuts about being flawless. That is not the goal here. You want to look like the best version of YOU.

Practical Tips:

Consider your budget when it comes to beauty treatments. They don’t have to be crazy expensive. If you need a little help to curb the cost, think about asking friends and family members for spa treatments in lieu of traditional bridal shower gifts. Also, keep in mind that some spas offer deals for first-time visitors. Or, don’t be afraid to ask for a package discount—you are, after all, the bride.

Think about whether or not you will need multiple haircuts/colors between now and the wedding day. Make your appointments with your stylist months ahead of time. Regular maintenance is key.

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your wedding day makeup and hairstyle. Try a variety of different styles several months in advance and stick to your final decision. This will ensure that you will be confident about how you look on the big day. Confidence equals calm, which is always lovely.

If you have a friend or relative that is really talented when it comes to hair or makeup, why not ask him or her to come over to experiment with different looks? It could be loads of fun and save some money if budget is an issue.

If you do decide to hire a professional and are worried about hair and makeup issues on the actual wedding day (especially with up-do’s), think about hiring the stylist to be there on site (do that well in advance, as they book up). Don’t forget, they will charge extra for this!

A few months before your wedding, you may want to contact a dermatologist or esthetician for a consultation. They may be able to give you some great tips on how to keep your skin looking its very best.

Don’t forget your hands and feet. Plus, who doesn’t love a mani-pedi? Whether you decide to DIY or go to your local salon, do a few trial runs if possible. Some brides like a splash of color and some just go all natural–there is no right answer, just make sure it’s done no more than a few days before the wedding.

Take care of yourself. Don’t get carried away with the details. Remember to do what you love. Meditate. Yoga. Exercise. No matter what it is, keep doing it. Self-care shows from the inside out!

As the big day gets closer, you may feel a bit anxious or excited, but the best thing you can do at this point is to get some shut-eye—you’ve done your work, now take some time to get that beauty sleep. Also, remember to keep hydrated. Your skin will thank you!