It’s the most important day of your life and there are a hundred things that need to be done. Most important of all, you have to look beautiful!
We did some research into some of the things you shouldn’t do before your wedding day!
Here are our top 8 tips!
Wedding trials & consultations start about three months before the date of your wedding day, and you should therefore keep the same hairstyle throughout this time period. If you decide to go for a dramatic hair cut or colour, this throws your trial completely out the window, and come the day of the wedding, you won’t get what you wanted. Not only will the texture and style for your hair change, but it also may not look right with your dress, veil or jewelry. It then also becomes a challenge for your hair stylist on the day with the new look.
If you’ve flat ironed your hair the day before the wedding, make sure to wash it out that evening, so that you have fresh hair for your wedding day. Your hair stylist will be able to work with hair that is natural.
Alcohol carries many extra calories, so try to cut back a bit at least a week before your wedding. Alcohol will make you bloated and feel uncomfortable in your dress, no one wants to feel like a marshmallow when saying “I Do”. Increase your water intake at least one month before your wedding day to keep you skin clear and glowing (Alcohol dilates your blood vessels, which leads to redness – not ideal for pictures!) If you are attending other functions where alcohol is present, try to switch back & forth between alcohol & a glass of water.
If you are wanting to get a nice even tan, do so in the sun gradually and build it up over at least 3 months, naturally. Beware of the tan lines on the neck, the last thing you would want showing is two horrible lines on your chest in a strapless dress. Don’t go too dark, as it will look unnatural in a white dress, and always wear sun protection. Don’t go into the sun the week before the wedding, unless your skin naturally turns brown after being in the sun – you don’t want to be a tomato in a white dress, and uncomfortable with a dress rubbing up and down your sunburn! Self-tan & spray tan booths? We suggest not to do it, unless you’ve done it before and know you will come out looking like a sun god. And if you do do it, make sure it’s at least 4 days before the wedding so that no tan rubs off on your dress, especially the under arms area.
4) Sodium / Salty foods
Try to cut back on your salt intake – salty foods, sauces, dressings, salty deli meats – and try to choose low or no-sodium products at least 10 days before your wedding day. Sodium holds 50 times its weight in water, so you can lose at least 2kg before your wedding, and won’t feel bloated.
5) Skin-care program, Washing Detergent, Birth control
Don’t change any of these at least 6 weeks before your wedding day. You don’t want to introduce new products because you don’t know how your skin will react to it. The new pill you’ve changed to is great, but the extra weight you’ve put on from it – Not so great! The new washing powder you’re trying out smells divine, but the rash it gives your skin – Not so great! The new moisturizer your friend uses that you thought you would use – great on her skin, but your skin is dried out! Stick to what you know works for you.
If you’re going for your first ever bikini wax, do it at least 4 months beforehand. Waxing is a very painful experience and becomes less painful each time you do it. Get your brows waxed and tinted at least a week before, this will give you time to fix any “accidents” that may happen, as well as get rid of any bumps or skin lifting before you big day.
Keep those teeth stain free by avoiding any red wine, coffee or dark coloured food like berries. Start using a whitening toothpaste and mouth wash at least a month before your wedding to keep your teeth pearly white.
Try to get plenty of rest in the upcoming week of your wedding. There’s always someone there to help you with your hand-embossed ceremony programs so that you don’t have to pull all-nighters. Sleep deprivation affects your immune system and you’re likely to get sick if you haven’t been getting enough sleep. Good sleep also rids your eyes of dark circles, as well as makes you happier & calmer. Ignoring sleep also produces a hormone which tells us when to eat, which is a diet- destroyer, especially if there is junk food within reach.