How to look your best on your wedding day

Your big day is coming soon, and you certainly want to look your best!  Here are some suggestions that may help.

months before your wedding:

1.  eat right

We all have some bad eating habits, right?  My downfall is Oreos.  Once I start, it takes a lot of will power to close that bag.  Eating well takes more time and takes more effort, but it’s worth it.  If you’re wondering where to go for some great information on health and your diet, check out the American Heart Association.

 

2.  exercise

The American Heart Association also has a ton of great information on exercise.  They suggest that adults should exercise at least 30 minutes a day five days in a week.  It may sound like a lot, but there are so many different things you can do to stay active: walk, ride a bike, aerobics class, swim, jog, walk the dog, join a soccer team, or if you’re looking for something a little more demanding, check out P90x.

Some of the benefits to regular exercise include: stress relief, stronger immunity, lower blood pressure, weight control, boosts energy levels, and increases muscle strength.

3.  stress management

Yes, planning your wedding is so exciting, but it can be stressful too…especially as the big day gets closer and closer.  Excess stress can affect people in many different ways, such as: headaches, stomachaches, trouble sleeping, depression, forgetfulness, impatience, anger, or anxiety…just to name a few.

Here are a few ways you can help reduce your stress and keep it under control:

keep in touch with family and friends

daily physical activity [back to that exercise-thing!]

laugh

give up bad habits [smoking, nail biting, over eating, etc.]

sleep [do you get enough?]

get organized

don’t worry [easier said than done, but excessive worrying is not healthy]

4. your dress and hair

Choose a wedding dress that compliments your shape and fits well.  When you feel good, you’ll look like a million bucks!  On your hair style trial run [which should be about a month before your wedding], make sure you ask your stylist what type of style would look best with your face shape and your dress.  Also, you may want to take a picture so you both remember what style worked best for you.

days before your wedding:

1.  drink enough water

The Mayo Clinic suggests that adult men should drink at least 13 cups of beverages each day, and women should drink at least 9 cups of beverages each day.  The Clinic says that water is the best beverage to consume [it's free, readily available, and calorie-free], however, milk and orange juice are great sources as well.  Remember, even mild dehydration can make you tired and drain your energy.  Water is also important for a good complexion!

2.  get enough sleep

Yep, that may be difficult, but try to fight for enough sleep.  Stress, lack of sleep, and not eating well can lead to a compromised immune system which could = SICK.

3.  eat well

Here are the guidelines from The American Heart Association for eating a balanced diet:

Grains [at least half should be whole grains] – 6 to 8 servings/day

Vegetables - 4 to 5 servings/day

Fruits - 4 to 5 servings/day

Fat free or low fat Dairy - 2 to 3 servings/day

Lean meats, poultry, or seafood - less than 6 oz/day

Fats & oils - 2 to 3 servings/day

Seeds/nuts/legumes - 4 to 5 servings/day

Sweets [unfortunately this includes Oreos!] – 5 or fewer servings/week

4.  facial & wax

These should be done a few days before your wedding.  You don’t want red, puffy eyebrows on your wedding day, so give yourself a few days to recover.

5.  manicure/pedicure

The day before your wedding would be a great time to relax and enjoy a pedicure and manicure.  Make the time!

your BIG day:

It’s finally here…the day you’ve been planning for months…your wedding day!  Here are a few tips on looking your best today…

1.  professional make up artist

Some brides skimp on this very important person.  Don’t do it!  If you want to look your best and have beautiful photos, invest in a professional make up artist on the morning of your wedding.  He/she will match skin tone, shadows, concealers, shimmers, powder, and bronzers to your personality and overall wedding theme.  [Don't forget to take a trial run a month before your big day.]  Also consider waterproof mascara.  Even the brides who swear they won’t cry, get a bit emotional.  Avoid the raccoon look by choosing waterproof mascara.

2.  stand tall

Great posture will also help in making great photographs, but it will also help keep back aches at bay.  Mom was right when she said, “don’t slouch!”

3.  eat and drink

Maintain your energy level and feel great by eating and drinking.  It’s very easy to forget about asking for a glass of water or enjoying your meal when you’re having so much fun.  It might be a good idea to ask your MOH to remind both you and your new husband to eat and drink!

 

the photos in this post are from my 365 project from 2011.  You can see all of my photos here on Flickr.