Wedding season is officially here and we know all of you brides out there are anxious to look your best for the big day. We want you to know that we completely support this effort! You want to look like your best self on your wedding, however time and time again we have seen the pressure become too much for some brides. They resort to trying things that they normally wouldn’t do, just to look great for their wedding. We realize that what we are about to tell you not to do is pretty common knowledge, but that hasn’t stopped sensible brides from doing insensible things anyway. Therefore, we thought we should make it official and go on record that participating in the following activities within three months of your wedding is NOT a good idea (unless of course they are a part of your normal routine, in which case they are totally fine). Before we go on, it is important that we tell you why three months: three months is the amount of time where if you try something new and things go terribly awry, you will be able to bounce back completely before the big day. Without further ado, here it goes:
All of these treatments are perfectly fine when already in a gal’s normal routine, however I have seen too many brides not want to spend the money or wait until the last minute to try out these things. If a bride waits and decides to get her whole body waxed two days before her wedding, when she has never gotten anything waxed before, she has no idea how it will affect her skin (itching, redness, scarring, etc.). The same is true with tanning (from both beds and spray); I have watched enough brides splurge on tanning and then end up with a sunburn or orange tinted skin on their day. She could also feel like she was way too dark (and doesn’t look like herself) once she saw the photos. Finally, do NOT mess with your face within three months before your wedding. If you want to do any of the above for your day, be sure to try these treatments about 3-6 months before your wedding, so you know how it will affect your skin!
Major Changes To Your Hair
We all hope that our wedding day is our best hair day ever. A lot of times a bride will decide that she wants to change her hair shade or put in some low or highlights to add dimension to her locks. Once again, we fully support this! However, we encourage you to try everything 3-6 months in advance to make sure you will actually like the result. No gal with virgin hair should be going in to get a bleach 1 week before her wedding. The last thing you want is to look back at your wedding photos and think that you didn’t look like yourself. As always, it is a good idea to keep your strands long right up to the wedding day, so that your stylist has options for your big day look.
Working-out Like Crazy and/or Eating Like a Bird:
I encourage you to be your healthiest self when you walk down the aisle, but you still have to be you. Every bride wants to look good in her dress and she would hate for it to be falling off of her. Remember that you purchased your dress in the size that fit your measurements at the time. Since then you have gone to several dress fittings, all of which were aimed at making your wedding dress fit you like a glove. Brides who get super intense at the gym the month of their wedding (when it is not a normal part of their routine) and drastically change their eating habits end up both cranky and in dresses that don’t fit them perfectly. My experience is that most brides are somewhat stressed out/anxious in the months leading up to the wedding and end up losing a bit of weight just from everything that is going on. Keep your normal workout and eating routine and your dress will most likely end up being a touch more roomy anyway.
All in all, we want you brides to feel beautiful and like yourself on your special day! Keep that in mind when deciding whether you want to change or alter your normal routine. Finally, remember that you will look fab with or without that tan, those highlights, or that extra weight lost!