It’s the countdown to the big day and you’re probably freaking out. The list of things you need to get done looks impossibly long (and somehow just keeps getting longer). While you may have a ton of “to-do’s” — we’re going to give you some of the absolute don’ts that will help prevent any major meltdowns or colossal problems during the week leading up to your wedding day.
So brides-to-be, if you want to look and feel your best, and have the best wedding day possible, there are some big no-no’s that you need to look out for. We know that you’ve likely been preparing for the past month by taking care of your skin, hitting the gym, and getting a nice tan so that you’re in full effect in your wedding dress.
That being said, these examples serve as a nice introduction as to what not to do the week before your wedding. If you have a routine, stick to it. There’s not a whole lot of good that can come from making a drastic lifestyle or product change right before you give your vows. If you want to avoid skin flare-ups or a limp down the isle — stick to what you know.
You’re probably reading about all sorts of new and exciting ways you can quickly shed a few pounds or achieve glowing skin right before your nuptials. While some of these may actually work for you, the week before your wedding is not the time to test it out. It’s just not worth irritated skin, a botched haircut, or a pulled muscle.
Alright, let’s get down to it. Here’s what you should stray away from during the week before your wedding.
Ok, this is a biggie. On the day of your wedding, your mind is going to be in a flurry. You may be wanting to make last-minute changes to your carefully arranged and planned wedding. While some of these may be feasible, one of them is certainly not. Your makeup. During your makeup trial runs or selections — it’s important to go with what you like. But what’s even more important is to trust your makeup artist.
You hired them for a reason. On the day of your wedding, you may be thinking that you want more or less makeup. Maybe the color seems off. Whatever it is, this is not the time to switch things up. There are a ton of variables that your makeup artist has considered. Your hairstyle, skin type, skin tone, color palette, time, and location can all play a major part in how makeup is done. It has to last for a long, long time. Not only that, but it has to look good on HD and professional camera equipment. Just trust your artist and go with what you agreed on. Things can certainly go south if you try something brand new the morning of your wedding.
This one may seem like a “duh” piece of advice, but it needs to be said. Why? Because these treatments are absolutely phenomenal at giving you glowing, silky smooth, radiant skin. Because of this, brides are often convinced to give it a try the week before their wedding. While many of these treatments have relatively low downtime, the possible side effects or irritations they can cause are not worth it right before the wedding.
One of those unwanted side effects is shedding skin. This can ball up and make your skin look uneven underneath your wedding makeup. If your skin ends up getting irritated, makeup is only going to make it worse. So, if you’re hoping to sneak in a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or Botox treatment in — it’s best to schedule it 2-3 weeks out.
If you don’t want to be walking down the aisle with an uneven tan or a color that doesn’t fit you — we would recommend straying away from spray tan booths. There are definitely better alternatives out there for achieving a nice even tan without hanging around in the sun. But, if you absolutely need to go with a spray option, get a professional to apply the solution for you. That way, you’re able to get the right color and even application.
Having a professional at hand will also help with any before or after steps you may need to take. Exfoliating prior to your spray tan will help it last, and there may be some recommendations on how to keep your color glowing for your wedding day.
Stress can often lead to late nights. Or perhaps you plan to cram in last-minute necessities by staying up all night to get them done. This is a big no-no. You need adequate sleep to feed your immune system. Nothing is worse than being sick on your big day. Plus, you don’t want circles under your eyes or a janky complexion. Sleep will help with both of these unwanted facial nuisances.
So, stay away from late-night planning. And, stay away from binging your favorite Netflix shows to keep your mind off the big day. Instead, focus on getting enough sleep to hold you over until you’re wedding night — which will be a long one.
This one applies way before a week out. You shouldn’t make any drastic changes to your makeup products during the entire month (at the very least) leading up to your wedding. Not only do you risk oily or dry skin — but also an allergic reaction. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin. Your best bet is to use what has worked and save any changes until after your a Mrs.
If you’re worried about your skincare products interfering with your wedding day, see your dermatologist. They should be able to recommend a pre-wedding skincare regimen that will take care of any issues you’re fretting about. In fact, this is something every bride-to-be should do.
Ok, we covered the big ones but there are a few that we didn’t want to leave behind. One of these is alcohol. It can be tough to stray away from, but it packs on some extra calories that we know you don’t want and can give you reddish skin.
Another is a new workout routine. You don’t want to risk putting your body through too much the week before your wedding. So, don’t all of a sudden try running for the first time or achieving your new squat max. Leave that for afterward.
The last one is making dramatic changes to your hair. Your dress, makeup, and everything else about how you saw yourself on the big day has already been determined. Dyeing your hair or choosing to try out bangs a few days before your wedding is an absolute coin toss. One where the odds may not be in your favor. Make sure to make any changes like this far in advance, when you’ve also considered other things like your makeup or dress.