How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day

Hello, loves! Happy Friday! Today we’re talking about how to look your best on your wedding day. Every bride wants to look her best; this top ten list will help you achieve your perfect wedding day look. By being prepared, you can look (and feel!) your best on one of the biggest days of your life. Read on to find out more…

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How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day

Looking good means you’re feeling good, which leads us to the first of these top 10 tips:

1. When you feel good, you look good.

One of my pet peeves is how there is such an emphasis in the wedding industry on weight loss for the wedding day, as though you have to be a thin bride to be a happy one. So. not. true. Women ought to be comfortable in their own skin, confident about how sexy they are, and be healthy so they feel as good as they look. Of course, being healthy (eating right and exercising) will make you feel good, which in turn makes you look good. And, drinking plenty of water will give your skin a little extra radiance and you’ll reap the benefits of having plenty of energy, sleeping well, and feeling less stressed. My favorite exercise is Zumba (so. fun.) and Yoga (great for de-stressing!). (And, I love these 20 fitness accessories to try right now.)

2. Get plenty of sleep.

Get plenty of sleep before your wedding to combat any under-eye circles. Your skin will look more radiant with adequate sleep and you’ll feel great, too.

3. Moisturize.

All over. And often.

4. Bring two pairs of shoes.

A big mistake brides make is buying brand new shoes before the wedding and not wearing them in. If you don’t give your shoes a little time to stretch and adjust to your feet, your feet will hurt after the ceremony. Since you won’t want to wear your shoes out before the big day, just bring an extra pair to wear after the ceremony – or, just in case your shoes start to hurt. Grimacing down the aisle or at the reception doesn’t look good on anyone.

5. Wear comfy (and seamless) shape-wear under your gown.

Your dress will fit comfortably – and look great – with the proper shape-wear. One of my favorites? Sassybax. Have you heard of them yet? If not, they’re worth a look. They sent me a pair of underwear shape-wear to try and they’re so comfy! They offer so many options in their collection, like pretty shape wear panties, camisole tops, slips that can be worn as strapless dresses, and more. Plus, after the wedding, you can continue to wear your shape-wear under your favorite dressy attire. (You may even love them so much they become part of your daily wear. For instance, I have a pair of their convertible leggings and I call them my happypants. So. insanely. comfortable. And, they look good, too. I practically live in them.) Proper shape-wear will make your dress fit better, will look seamless under your gown, and will help you look your very best.

6. Get a manicure.

Your ring will look so amazing with a set of freshly-painted nails. And, any photos that are snapped with your hand will look so much prettier with a nice manicure. And, if you’re like me, when my nails are done, my look feels more pulled together. Oh, and having your nails done is so relaxing, so it gets bonus points in my book for being a great pre-wedding destressor.

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7. Plan a run-through for hair and makeup before the big day.

Don’t stress about how your hair and makeup will look: have a run-though done ahead of time! A run-through with your stylist will ensure the look is perfect for your big day. And, as just a tip, try to look as natural as possible. Your wedding is not the time to try a dramatic new look (and you don’t want to regret it later in your photos). For long-lasting makeup, consider paying a little extra for airbrush makeup (or get a kit for wedding day and beyond). I’ve talked about airbrush makeup in the past and now I swear by my airbrush kit. It’s so easy to use!

8. Two words: waterproof mascara.

You will most likely shed a tear or two. Or a bucket. Or a waterfall. Prepare yourself with a waterproof mascara so you don’t have runny makeup mid-ceremony. And, ask your Maid of Honor to keep a tissue or two to hand to you during the ceremony, just in case.

9. Whiten your teeth.

Make an appointment for professional teeth whitening or buy an at-home kit to enhance the quality of your pearly whites. You’ll be thankful you did later when you see those beautiful photos. Would you rather whiten at home? I’ve tried these whitening strips and swear by ‘em. (I’m just being honest. No one paid me to say that.)

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10. Smile.

You’re never fully dressed without one.

So, loves, there you have it: how to look your best on your wedding day. These are my favorite top 10 tips… what are yours?

Happy Planning!


-E.

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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  • http://saheartsjapan.com tony

    My girlfriend really needs to see this article because she thinks that our wedding day so usual, just like other party. However, I want her to be all out in our wedding day.

  • http://kimart.etsy.com kim

    I haven’t been married before… but having been in bridal parties I would say.. try not to control things TOO much. Really rely on the assistance of your MOH and BM’s (hopefully you picked reliable people!) because when it comes to the big day, they will buffer a lot of extra stress and stuff so you can be happy :)