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By: Leeor Pilo
Photo: Eve Event Photography
You’re just a day away from saying your “I do’s” and with all the wedding planning chaos complete, it’s easy to relax the night before, right? Wrong! With last minute details running around in your mind most find it hard to ease those nerves and unwind. That’s why we’ve created this list of absolute must-dos to make the night before your wedding day an easy one.
Hydrate: Drink the night before your wedding — water that is — to hydrate from the inside out. Avoid alcohol and snack on natural diuretics like cucumber and watermelon to flush out any toxins, de-bloat and to enhance your natural wedding day glow.
Soothe Your Skin: Your wedding day makeup look is probably more product heavy than your everyday routine. Treat your skin and prepare it with a face mask to remove any remaining debris, refine pores, and of course, moisturize. Make it fun and invite your bridal party over for a silly photo shoot. Bonus if you put cucumbers over your eyes.
Stay Organized: To remove the mental clutter that prevents you from some much needed pre-wedding day rest, prepare your getting-ready clothes in advance. Consider wearing a dress that is easy to slip in and out of without ruining your hair and makeup, or a robe for some last minute pampering. Be sure to drop off your dress, accessories, and honeymoon luggage off at the hotel or venue too so there’s no scrambling in the morning. Just knowing that it’s taken care of and ready to go will help you feel worry-free.
Unplug: Hand your phone over to your Maid of Honor so she can screen your calls and answer any important questions on your behalf. Avoid the computer too, if there are any important emails that are coming your way, allow a member of your bridal party or a parent to handle it. Too much information and stimulation will keep you up all hours of the night.
Laugh it Up, Love it Up: They say laughter is the best medicine. Watch a romantic comedy with your gal pals or reminisce on memories together to keep spirits up and stress low. Want to do something special for your fiance? Write a little love note for a surprise delivery on the day of. Seeing your excitement on paper will get you both even more ecstatic.
Bedtime: It isn’t called beauty rest for nothing! Between getting ready with hair and makeup and traveling from ceremony to reception, your wedding day is a full day, high-energy event. Be sure to set a bedtime where you can get quality rest so your fully charged the following morning. Let your bridal party know ahead of time and stick to your schedule. When the time rolls by, lights out!
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Post sponsored by Marriott
SpringHill Suites photo courtesy of Marriott
While common knowledge dictates that your wedding is “your day,” your guests are a major part of the celebration and it’s essential that they feel well taken care of. One of the first steps to ensuring your guests’ happiness is making sure they have a place to stay if they’re traveling from out of town. Reserving a guest hotel room block is an important first step, and fortunately, Marriott has made that process super-easy with their new Guest Accommodations page. You’ll find a one-stop shop for booking room blocks and getting special group rates for your guests (they’ll totally love you for that!). Looking for a place to host a pre- or post-wedding event (a rehearsal dinner or goodbye brunch, perhaps)? They’ve got that taken care of, too. So get on over to WeddingWire and Marriott’s Guest Accommodations page to get started!
Photo: Braedon Flynn Photography
Months, weeks and even days leading up to your wedding day, you should follow a skincare timeline to ensure your complexion is a clear canvas, which is the best base for makeup application. Benefit from six months of stress-relief, proper nutrition and hydration with these tips:
Cleanse - Start your mornings off with applying a dime-sized amount of gentle cleanser to your face. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry. Three times a week, end your evenings with an exfoliation. After all, summer brings unwanted sweat and SPF buildup that traps dead skin cells. Apply a grainy scrub to open pores. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry. Beware of over-exfoliating, which can strip your natural oils and lead to flaky, dry skin.
Tone – After you cleanse, use an alcohol-free toner to balance your skin’s pH level. Look for a toner that contains vitamins A, C, and E, which can stimulate cell production and renewal, and ingredients such as aloe and hazel, which can add a refreshing feeling and tightening to the skin.
Moisturize - Last but not least, moisturize your skin to treat flaky, dry skin caused from any over-exfoliating. Moisturizer retains water and provides a barrier to the outermost layer of your skin, which leads to smoother and softer skin.
Conceal - If you’re acne-prone or can’t get rid of those dark circles under your eyes, apply tried-and-true salicylic acid so bacteria can no longer flourish and cause breakouts and apply a thin layer of retinol to even tones, respectively.
Shape - The number one rule when it comes to shaping your eyebrows: don’t over pluck. Instead, follow the slight arch to give them a natural look. It will open your eyes and give your makeup artist a place for eyeshadow on the brow bone.
Streaks - Self-tanner and a UV-free faux tan are skin savers and safer, but that can go away quickly, ultimately leaving streaks. Erase streaks with a self-tanner remover or take an opposite approach by filling streaks with liquid bronzer.
Did we miss anything? Share your skincare tips in the comments below!
Photo: Stoffer Photography
This week on the blog, we’re sharing all of our summer hair and makeup tips. We know prepping to walk down the aisle is a momentous occasion for any bridal beauty. So, look your best — right down to your nails and toes — with these shades, depending on your skin tone:
Fair Skin - Blush, Fuchsia, Beige and White. The term “blushing bride” will get a whole new meaning thanks to pops of pink. Or stay traditional with natural nudes or a french manicure.
Olive Skin – Aquamarine, Silver, Coral and Lime. If you’re still searching for your “something blue,” lacquer on a pretty periwinkle. Or if you want a modern effect, stick to a shimmery metallic finish like silver.
Dark Skin - Gold, Navy, Red and Orange. Rock red lips in confidence with a vintage crimson hue to match.
Which nail polish color did you choose? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo by: Katelyn James Photography
Don’t forget to prepare yourself before you check off the last item on your to-do list–marry the love of your life!
1. Dress Alterations & Fittings – On average, brides go to three to four fittings. The key is to time them right–go too early or too late and you might not end up with a proper fit, especially if you have lost (or gained) weight. Remember to bring your undergarments, shoes and accessories, so you can envision your overall wedding day look.
2. Hair & Makeup Trial - During the planning process, it’s so important to meet with your vendors. A trial is the perfect opportunity for a hair and makeup artist to showcase what they do best and for you to share any concerns, whether it’s a skin sensitivity or even a bad hair day.
3. Check In & Confirm Honeymoon - Call ahead to confirm your reservation. If you’re traveling outside of the U.S., keep in mind that your passport must match the name on your airline ticket and hotel room.
4. Drop Luggage Off at Hotel - If you’ll be staying at the same hotel as your guests, drop off an overnight bag the day before.
5. Drop Dress & Accessories Off at Venue - If you and your bridesmaids aren’t getting dressed at the hotel, drop off your dress the day before.
6. Pack for Your Honeymoon Early – Consider just a carry-on suitcase. You won’t be needing a lot of clothes (just your bathing suit), if you’re going to an exotic location in the Caribbean.
7. Eat, Drink & Be Married - Don’t go through the day on an empty stomach, pre-order oatmeal with chia seeds for breakfast, salad for lunch and an afternoon snack like trail mix. The oatmeal along with the chia seeds will keep your skin glowing from head to toe, the salad will diminish unnecessary bloating and the trail mix will cure your hunger in between the ceremony and reception dinner. Hydrate with water before you pop the bubbly!
8. Gift Caretaker - Before you can rush back to the hotel to put the “do not disturb” sign on your door, designate someone to take your presents home. Give them a key in advance.