The months before your wedding are already a whirlwind of appointments and meetings, but don't forget to book the below!
No matter what your skin issues, visiting your dermatologist will help get your skin on track before your wedding. If adult-acne is a big concern, your doctor can work with you to determine the best skincare routine for your skin type. They can also be the ones you call to zap the zit with a cortisone shot if an unexpected blemish pops up the day before your wedding.
2. Laser Hair Removal
If you think never having to shave again is worth the splurge, then you should consider buying a laser hair removal package a few months before your wedding. It takes about 4-6 treatments for the procedures to be effective so plan accordingly if you want to be hair-free on your honeymoon.
It sounds cliche, but your smile really is your best accessory on your wedding. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a quick teeth whitening and smile deep-clean.
4. Hair Colorist
If you're highlighting or coloring your hair before your wedding, it's important to start early. Book a hair consoltation three to six months before your wedding to talk to your colorist about your vision. It's also a good idea to bring any examples of hair accessories you plan on wearing so your colorist can determine the best spot to place highlights.
5. Hair Stylist
Up? Down? Half-up/half-down? There are tons of options when it comes to your day-of hairstyle and your stylist can walk you through all of them. It's customary to visit your stylist for a hair trial a few month before you wedding, but for even better results take it a step further. Visit your stylist twice, once for a cut and once for a style. It will give your stylist the chance to familiarize themselves with your hair type and help you brainstorm the best style for you.
This one may not be a beauty necessity, but a nice facial is a pre-wedding ritual (and treat!) we think no bride should go without. Schedule an appointment for two or three weeks before your wedding if you plan on getting something harsh like microdermabrasion--it tends to leave your face red for a few days. If you're just planning on a soothing treatment, the week-of is fine.
7. Makeup Trial
It usually takes a few tries before your makeup artist nails your ideal beauty look, so don't be discouraged! Make sure you set aside a few hours with your makeup artist and bring lots and lots of beauty inspiration for the two of you to look at together. It's also important that you're specific: matte or dewy? bronzy eye or smoky eye? Don't leave anything out, and if it doesn't look right, speak up! They'd rather you be honest so they can fix it.
8. Hair Extensions
Want to give your updo a little bit of extra lovin' on your wedding day? Then you should seriously consider hair extensions. First, do your research to determine which type you want—clip-ins, tape or keratin bonds. Then call your salon to see if they offer extension services and actual extensions or if you have to provide your own. If you do have to provide your own, it's a good idea to bring them to your other hair appointments so your stylist or colorist can get familiar with them.
9. Tanning Salon
The big debate: To tan or not to tan? We understand the idea of walking down the aisle in a white dress while pasty and pale is enough to make anyone shudder, but what makes us cringe even more is the idea of anyone fake baking—don't do it! Instead, make an appointment at a salon for a spray tan with an aesthetician. They will give your body the perfect coat of bornze, and can even contour on a few abs for that honeymoon-bikini.
Save this particular salon visit for the day before your wedding. Even if you plan on getting a gel manicure that will last for a few weeks, getting your nails done the day before will ensure they are still fresh and shiny for up-close ring shots.
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