We’d all love to spend our pre-wedding days getting prepped and pampered but, with the long list of wedmin tasks, putting together a pre-wedding beauty to-do list and working out when to book everything can be a tricky task. Not to worry – we got you, boo! From lashes to toes, your smile to your sleep count, we've asked the experts and done the research so that we could map out The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Countdown.
6 – 12 months to go
Chances are, at this stage you’re newly engaged and you’ve got that loved-up glow about you already. And while there’s plenty of wedding planning tasks on your mind already – from the wedding date and venue to save the dates and invites – there are a few you might want to start thinking about (beauty-wise) in the lead-up to your wedding:
Hair prep: Envisioning having completely different hair from your current style on the big day? Now is the time to start thinking about how to make that transformation happen. Find a trustworthy hair stylist who'll be able to come up with a plan for you and be sure to book regular appointments from now until your big day.
Skincare regime: If you’ve never paid much attention to your skincare, now is the time to get serious about your regime. A great place to start is with fairly regular facials before the wedding and ask your facialist to recommend the best products based on your skin type. If you can't afford a facial, invest in a 'beginners kit': a gentle, highly commended cleanser, toner, moisturiser and exfoliator – and stick to using it daily. Consistency is key to getting great skin.
Wellbeing: Planning a wedding can be stressful at times, but it shouldn't be stressful all the time. Getting into good habits now will help in the long run to deal with pre-wedding anxiety. Within the next few months you’ll have plenty of wedding planning tasks to undertake, and it’s important to set boundaries now and set aside some time for yourself, whether it’s at a fun fitness class, doing some meditation or scheduling in regular time with friends where you don’t talk about weddings. Another good idea is to organise meet-ups with your bridal party, so you don't leave everything to the last minute.
3 – 5 months to go
Hair and makeup: If you’re wanting to hire a professional hair stylist and makeup artist to help get you ready on your wedding day, we recommend finding them around now and booking your wedding hair trial and wedding makeup trial around three to five months ahead of time. It's important to note that both trials should ideally take place after you’ve bought your wedding dress, so you have an idea of how the two will work together.
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2 – 3 months to go
Smile: Your wedding day is set to be one of the most joyous occasions of your life, which means you’ll be smiling a lot. So much so, your cheeks will probably start to hurt! So, if you’re self-conscious about your teeth and would like them to be whiter on the day, now is the time to book an appointment with a dental professional. Here’s what you need to know about whitening your teeth before your wedding day.
Tanning trial: If you’re dreaming of a bronzed glow on your wedding day and don’t have a Mediterranean holiday planned for the week before, now is the time to start trialing and testing fake tan. Whether you opt for a professional spray tan or DIY self-tanners, it’s important to see how the result looks on your skin – while wearing a dress the same colour as your wedding gown (as well as how you look in photos in natural light). This will help determine how tanned you'd like to look on the day.
6 weeks to go
Diet: We don’t mean 'diet' in the ‘stop eating all carbs’ way. No one should feel like they need to lose weight just for their wedding day – not to mention the fact that crash pre-wedding diets often do more harm than good. Instead, to ensure you’re feeling healthy both inside and out, we recommend reassessing your diet around six weeks before your wedding. Swapping your typical snacks for some healthier options can make a huge difference to your skin, hair, anxiety and energy levels. Here's what you should eat in the lead-up to your wedding day.
1 month to go
Skincare: The countdown is on! To get your skin prepped and in prime condition, now is the time to invest in things like serums, supplements and sheet masks. Be sure not to neglect the rest of your body, though. Celebrity facialist recommends adding dry body brushing to your morning routine in order to increase your skin’s elasticity and reduce cellulite.
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2 weeks before your wedding
Hair treatments: If you want to give your natural hair a bit of oomph for your wedding day (your secret's safe with us), two weeks before the wedding is the perfect time to book in for super-natural, high-quality hair extensions or a semi-permanent, smoothing blow dry.
Facial: Quite possibly the facial of your life, we recommend booking your last pre-wedding facial for roughly two weeks before your big day. This ensures your skin will be in prime condition on your wedding day, but avoids any post-facial breakouts than can happen in the few days after your treatment.
1 week to go
Haircut and colour: Unless you want your hair to be a little more 'lived in' and less neat looking, one week before your wedding is the best time to book in for that final haircut and hair colour before the wedding day.
Alcohol: With the good times only a week away, try and avoid drinking too much alcohol so your skin can stay hydrated. Who wants a hangover the week before their wedding anyway?!
3 to 4 days to go
Eyelash extensions: If you want fuller and longer lashes (mascara-free), book an eyelash extensions appointment with roughly 3 to 4 days to go.
Eyebrow shape: Whether you want waxing, threading or you just have a few strays that need to be plucked, a few days before for the day is the ideal time to tidy up your brows.
48 hours to go!
Tanning trial: If you did a pre-wedding tan trial, you should know when to apply self-tan or when you need to book that spray tan appointment. Generally speaking, we recommend adding tanner 48 hours before the day. Here's how to get the perfect spray tan for your wedding day.
Manicure and pedicure: With all eyes set to be on those rings as they go on, don't forget to prep your fingers with a mani – and your toes while you're at it. Be sure to opt for shellac to avoid chips ahead of or on the day.
The night before
Meditate: The day is almost here! With everything done and ready (or outsourced to your bridal party or groomsmen), now is the time to relax and take it all in. Set aside some 'me time' the night before your wedding to meditate. Even if it’s just a few deep breaths in a quiet room, it'll help to keep you calm and focused on the important things rather than stressing about the small stuff.
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Sheet mask: To further those relaxation vibes, give yourself a little pre-wedding pamper by adding a sheet mask into your usual skincare regime. To err on the safe side, we recommend wearing a sheet mask you’ve tried before so you know how it works on your skin. The night before your wedding day is not the time to start trying new beauty products.
Sleep: All the facials and tan and hair treatments in the world won’t count for much if you don’t get a good night’s sleep before your wedding. Run a nice bath, turn your phone off and hop into bed early.
The morning of
Breakfast: It's the most important meal of the day, so breakfast is essential to helping you look and feel good during your wedding. Here's what you should eat the morning of your wedding.
Wash your hair: If you prefer, you can wash your hair the night before, but otherwise, for clean hair that's ready to by styled by your stylist, we recommend washing and letting your hair dry naturally on the morning of your wedding.
Wedding hair and makeup: Following your trial, you’ll have booked your hair stylist and makeup artist to come to you on the day, or you might be doing your own wedding makeup and hair. It usually takes around an hour to get your hair and makeup done by professionals or, if you’re doing it yourself, we recommend allocating two hours to this.
Ultimately, every single bride we see looks breathtakingly beautiful on their wedding day. You shine from within! So don't fret if you decide not to follow this regime – it's only here to help if you if you want it to! Get ready to walk down that aisle.