It probably feels like just yesterday that you were beginning to plan your special day and now your final wedding week is upon you. This is a time to celebrate, reflect, relax, and to take care of yourself inside and out.
Your wedding day is a huge event. There are going to be hundreds of photos taken and naturally, you want to look good. That’s why we’re looking at 12 tips for preparing for marriage and beauty routines to practice during wedding week.
- Get a Massage
Preparing for marriage is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Start your wedding beauty week of by de-stressing with an amazing massage. Go for a full body massage to really spoil yourself or take a load off and get your feet rubbed instead. Not only will this activity make you feel amazing, but it is also a great idea for a girl’s day out with your bridesmaids.
Nobody wants flaky, uneven skin on their wedding day. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate at least once a week. When you exfoliate your body, you remove dry and dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface of your skin. It also increases blood circulation, which can give you the appearance of healthy, glowing skin!
Exfoliation before shaving can give you smoother skin and can be beneficial for getting a more even self-tan.
- Eat Better
Maintaining a healthy diet is a great tip when preparing for marriage. Yes, it does help you maintain a healthy figure and lose weight. But do not fall under the spell that you need to look X-number of pounds before your wedding day in order to look or feel beautiful.
A healthy diet has many benefits such as reducing risks like heart disease, reducing the risk of cancer, banishing symptoms of depression, and boosting your overall confidence.
- Get your Skin Ready
Pale girls are gorgeous. But many girls love having beachy, buttery looking skin for their wedding day. Prep your skin for tanning by exfoliating and getting any hair removal out of the way before you head to your spray tan.
If you self-tan, do so one or two nights before your wedding day. Having a friend there to help you will ensure you get more even coverage.
Avoid going to a tanning bed, as this can be dangerous for your skin.
- Get Waxed
Hair removal is an essential part of a pre-wedding beauty routine. If you shave, be sure to do any shaving the day before or the morning of your wedding so that you are as smooth as possible. If you wax, do so in advance so that your skin does not look red and irritated for photos.
- Whiten Your Teeth
One great way to prepare for marriage is by whitening your teeth during wedding week. If you tend to have bad reactions to whitening products, don’t sweat it. There are still plenty of ways you can have pearly whites when you’re walking down the aisle. Look for DIY whitening treatments like brushing with baking soda or activated charcoal. These will give you a bright, shining smile for your wedding day.
- Pamper Your Hair
Your body isn’t the only thing that should be pampered during wedding week. Pay special attention to your hair. Over-processed (read: bleached or dry, brittle hair) will benefit from hair mask and conditioning treatments. These treatments will nourish, soften, and protect your hair from being damaged further by all of any wedding styling that may occur.
- Head to the Gym
Working out is a great way to boost your health and confidence when preparing for marriage. Not everyone is into doing thirty minutes of cardio or sweating it out in Soul Cycle, so explore your options.
The trick to sticking with an exercise routine is to find a workout that is fun for you. There are plenty of fun group classes and at-home workouts to keep you interested.
Not only does exercise help keep your body in tip-top shape, but studies show that exercise relieves stress and boosts happiness.
- Put an Emergency Kit Together
You never know what can happen on your wedding day, so it’s always good to be prepared. Put your worries to rest by packing a tiny emergency kit. Some great additions to your kit include:
Bottle of water
- Get Your Nails Done
What kind of bride would you be without beautiful, shiny nails? Spoil yourself and get your nails and toes done. French manicures and nude colored nails are classic for a wedding but don’t be afraid to think outside the box and match your nails to your bridesmaid’s dresses.
- A Face Mask a Day
A face mask is a great, at-home treatment that will leave your skin feeling smooth and looking healthy on your big day. Masks are commonly used to hydrate the skin, remove excess oils, reduce redness, and decrease the appearance of your pores.
Knowing your skin type will be incredibly helpful for choosing a mask that best targets your skin’s needs. Don’t be afraid to use some blackhead removal strips, as well! This will all contribute to healthy, beautiful looking skin on your wedding day.
Don’t let your desire to look your best overshadow the emotion behind your special day. Remember why you’re walking down the aisle. It isn’t to look your supermodel best, it’s to marry the love of your life!
Relax as much as possible leading up to your big day. Take a bubble bath, have a glass of wine, meditate, do yoga, or spend time with your sweetheart. You’ll be glad you took the time to slow down and de-stress before your wedding day.
Don’t let the stress of preparing for marriage take the joy away from your wedding day. Spend the week leading up to your wedding de-stressing and pampering yourself. These 12 tips will help you look and feel your best.
Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a noted writer currently associated with Marriage.com. She provides inspiration, support, and empowerment in the form of her motivational articles and essays. Rachael enjoys studying about today’s evolving forms of loving partnerships and is passionate about writing on all types of romantic connections. She believes that everyone should make room for love in their lives and encourages couples to work on overcoming their challenges together.