Your wedding is the one day where you really do want to look your best. With all eyes on you, you’ll be standing up in front of all of your loved ones and making your vows. You’ll want to feel happy and confident, as well as look back on the pictures with feelings of joy. So what exactly can you do to ensure those wedding snaps turn out amazing and you’re happy with your appearance in them?
Work on your physique
Many brides aim to lose weight in time for their big day, even slimming down a couple of pounds can mean everything fits that little bit nicer. But even if you don’t need or want to lose weight, you can still improve your physique with exercise. A mixture of cardio and weight training will sculpt and shape your body, you might choose to focus on your arms and shoulders since these are on show in most wedding dresses. If you’re in a mermaid or form fitting piece, exercise that works the flanks and sides of the body will pull in your waist, making you look more svelte and shapely.
Find the right dress
Regardless of what shape or size you are, there’s a perfect wedding dress out there for you. The key is to find out what suits and flatters you; if you’re a fashion lover you will probably already have an idea of this but if not, go to a bridal boutique and try on some different designs. The right dress will make you feel incredible, confident and really like you’re putting your best self forward. Take some honest friends with you and take the time to figure out what the best dress is for you.
Treat your hair
As women, our hair is such a huge part of our identity. It’s why drastically changing your hair colour and length can be so shocking and almost make you feel like a different person. You’ll of course want your hair to look its very best on your wedding day, so spend the months in the run up to your big day getting it in the best condition possible. Have a chop to get rid of all of the split ends and then treat your hair to weekly masks, oils and treatments. If you’re considering changing the colour or length, do this a few months ahead of time so you can make sure that you like it. If you do, you can have it freshened up the week before you get married. If you don’t, you have time to correct it so you’re not looking back at the pictures and seeing yourself with hair that you don’t like. If your hair is short, you could consider adding length with extensions, if it’s long you could have a big chop. But if you are going to make these kinds of changes, you’ll want to know that you like the look and it feels like ‘you’ before committing to it on your wedding day.
Get gorgeous skin
Glowing skin will make you look radiant in your photos. Of course you’ll have makeup on your wedding day, but you want to provide the artist with the best blank canvas you can. Build a skincare routine and stick to it. If you have any skin issues such as acne or rosacea, speak to your GP who can get you on the right medication. Be sure to take your makeup off before bed, and as well as daily moisturising treat your skin to weekly masks and treatments based on your skin complaints. Don’t use any new skincare products in the weeks running up to your wedding day, the last thing you want is to have a reaction. One thing to be aware of on your wedding day is that you shouldnt wear any SPF or SPF based skincare or makeup products. This is because they can cause flashback on photos. Your makeup artist will know this, but if you’re doing your makeup or skincare yourself on the day it’s something to remember.
Consider a procedure
If you’re a little insecure about a part of your body, you could always consider having a procedure done in time for your big day. Whether it’s a more serious surgical procedure like a face lift or breast augmentation or a non surgical option like fat freezing, Botox or lip fillers you have lots of different options. Plastic surgery is no longer taboo like it once was, while you’ll always need to spend time considering if it’s right for you, if you have a hang up with your appearance then these things allow you to change it. If it’s going to make you feel great on your big day and make you look gorgeous in your photos, why wouldn’t you?
Try out different makeup looks
If you’re new to makeup and don’t normally wear it, then playing around with some different products and looks can help you figure out what you want. Even if you hire a makeup artist for the big day, you’ll usually only get one trial and then your wedding makeup and so it makes sense to go into things already knowing what does and doesn’t work for you. Since different skin tones will look different with various shades of makeup, it’s hard to tell just from a bridal makeup image on Pinterest for example if that will look good on you. Try out some different lipsticks and colours, work out which eyeshadow looks best on your eyes and find out if you want a heavier makeup look for your big day or something very light and fresh. Practice with some different products, and take photos of yourself so you have an idea of how they look on camera. If you dont like how certain parts of the look have turned out then you know what to avoid on the day itself.
Hire the right photographer
Finally, the right photographer will ensure you’re captured in the best possible way on your wedding day. Make sure you search through plenty of portfolios, and have a chat with the photographer so you can check that they’re happy to snap your day in the way that you want. Professionals like Vittore Buzzi Photographer state on their site that they want to get to know your vision which is important- while a photographer will have their own style and know the best shots to take, this still has to fit with your vision. Don’t try and save money here, your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and so you want the day to be recorded properly.