One of the best things about being married is being able to write and share advice from personal experience with brides-to-be. Heh heh.
It was really tough being a bride-to-be, with endless errands to run; I also wasn’t the best student to tick against a checklist.
General wedding coordination aside, of which my wedding planner Nicolle from BigLittleDetails did an excellent job, I was more of a ‘let’s roll with it’ kind of bride-to-be when it came to prepping MYSELF for the BIG DAY. I had a rough idea of what ought to be done, but because I didn’t want to stress myself out with yet another timeline, I tried to start early.
Most brides handle the bulk of wedding preparations and it can be VERY STRESSFUL, but remember you want to look your best too, so don’t forget to pamper yourself! It’s once in a lifetime, after all! Avoid cramping too many things to do too close to the wedding day as the result would be litany of problems that could have been avoided.
So here are 7 pre-wedding treatments I personally think are most important. Contact details and discount codes at the bottom of the post!
Pre-wedding Treatment #1: Trial Makeup & Hair
I must have been asked “Are you going to do your own makeup on your wedding day?” at least a hundred times.
“No”, I replied. It’s my BIG DAY and I didn’t want to stress out trying to create the perfect bridal makeup on myself. Besides, I can’t possibly do my own hair and it’s really silly to get a MUA to do only my hair.
Zennie was recommended by Danny L, and in my opinion, anything that Danny recommends must be UPZ.
It’s important to convey the look you are looking for and best if you can show your MUA pictures to support the idea – Pinterest is a great source. Also let your MUA know the location and time of event as these factors will play a part in creating your ideal bridal hair and makeup.
I wanted a more princess-in-a-garden look for the first gown since the lunch session would take place in a beautiful garden. For the second gown which would take place at night in a country club restaurant, we decided to go for a bold, red lip.
This was the trial hair for my second gown. Head piece from Danny’s studio. It ba-da-blinged gorgeously on the wedding day.
Every bride should go for a trial hair + makeup session. My friend who didn’t have a trial session hated the hairdo she received on the day itself and had to scramble to look for one at the last minute.
It’s also important to look like yourself, only much better. Take photos of yourself from all angles after the trial session to see if it looks good on camera, and let your MUA know if there’s anything you’d like to tone down or tune up.
Pre-wedding Treatment #2: Hair Coloring & Treatment
Unless your current hair style is horrible and you have a dysfunctional relationshipwith your stylist, stick to the one you know can give you the best cut, color, and treatment.
I’ve been with Salon Vim for many happy years and no one else knows my hair better than they do.
I had my hair colored and treated 5 days before the wedding so that the hair color and texture would be in tip-top condition.
Stick to a safe color, like browns and ash. I know pinks and purples might seem very tempting for a young bride who wants to sport a ‘different look’, but trust me, 20 years down the road you’ll be happy you kept it safe.
Pre-Wedding Treatment #3: Brow Embroidery
My natural brows are very thick, coarse, and dark. The hairs grow obediently in a smooth direction, and there’s a nice arch to it. I usually don’t fuss over them very much.
Why then did I go for eyebrow embroidery?