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13 most important things to avoid the week before your wedding

As the wedding day approaches, brides and grooms will have hundreds of last minute things to tick off their checklists. Now, here is another list for brides to take note of—the Don’ts!

Brides, don’t take them lightly, for some mishaps cannot be undone when you have little time left. So, look out and stay away from making these big mistakes during the days leading up to your wedding.

1.Have a drastic haircut

Your hairstyle and length of hair will greatly impact your bridal look. So, this is something you should decide early on. We always tell brides to pick their hair accessories and veil, after they decide what to do with their hair on their wedding day. It is also advisable to consult your wedding hairdresser to sort this out. Once you do, stick with the same hairstyle till your wedding. If you change it closer to your wedding day, you risk your hairstyle not going well with your veil, hair accessories, wedding dress neckline and more.

If you must cut your hair short during your engagement, make sure you do so at least 3 or 4 months before the wedding. This way you will have enough time to outgrow the style, in case you aren’t happy with how it turns out. Definitely get a trim in the month leading up to your wedding, so your hair style looks fresh. But wait till after the wedding to chop your tresses off.

2.Drastic hair color change

Just as with your hairstyle, your hair color can drastically alter your bridal look. So, we think you should refrain from changing it close to your wedding day. Unless it is a color that you have previously tried and love, there is no guarantee of how it will end up looking. So, a drastic change of hair color isn’t recommended when you wedding is soon approaching.

If you change your hair color closer to the wedding and aren’t happy with the results, you may be able to reverse it by recoloring it right away. Nonetheless, if you had to bleach your hair in the process, it could significantly damage your hair. This can affect the overall health and texture of your hair. So, decide on your hair color earlier on, and simply refresh it in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

3.Crash diet

You need energy to stay active and alert in the week leading up to your wedding. Sudden diets are not going to help you shed those extra pounds. If anything, it is only going to do more harm than good. Whether it is a juice cleanse or skipping a meal every day, your body won’t have enough time to adjust to the change when you start now. As a result you could end up with sugar cravings, restlessness, loss of sleep or even exhaustion.

Also, your wedding dress would already be altered to your actual measurements by this time. So, try to stick to your regular diet habits, so it fits you perfectly. Eat balanced meals, step up your intake of salads and fruits, and stay hydrated throughout the day. Take a look at this article on the Best Health Mag and incorporate these foods into your diet during your engagement for best results. These measures should be enough to help you look fresh and glowing on your wedding day.

4.Test a new beauty or skincare product

This is definitely not the time to experiment with new skin and hair products. You never know how your skin will react towards it. If an allergy or skin breakout occurs, you have no time to fix it. So, it is always best to stick with the products you have been using all along.

Try and decide on any new product at least a month before the wedding. This will give you enough time to recognize how your skin responds to it. Even if it is a new makeup item, make sure to test it long before the wedding. Only use cosmetics that suit your skin closer to your wedding day.

5.Getting a fake tan

Now is not the time to experiment with tanning products. Spray-on tans and tanning lotions had best be set aside, when your wedding is soon approaching. Not only these cause an orange complexion in photos, it can make you look unnatural. You can use tanning lotions that build up color gradually. Nonetheless, you should stop using it in the week before your wedding to avoid unexpected results.

If you want to glow as you walk down the aisle, visit a professional tanning specialist who can help you achieve the color you desire. Try to keep the results to a minimum, so your skin is just glowing. Make sure that your complexion will not clash with your makeup and the white of the dress.

6.Altering your hairstyle and makeup plan for the wedding

Your hair and makeup trials should be over at least a month before the wedding. Whether you hire the services of a professional artist or decide to do it yourself, don’t wait till the last minute to make changes. Settle on how you want to look on your wedding day, well in advance. At your trial, analyze and make sure you are happy with what you see. If you want to tweak or change anything, make note of it right away. We suggest you take pictures on the day of your trial, so you can also see how you photograph. This will help you decide if any changes are necessary.

Don’t rethink your decision afterwards. Changing plans closer to the wedding day increases your chances of ruining the overall look. If you change the makeup colors or alter the hairstyle even slightly, it can cause a drastic change to the overall effect. You may not like the results, and there will be nothing you can do to change it at that point.

7.Buy or try on your wedding shoes

Your wedding shoes are one of the first accessories you should shop for. This is because you should wear them for a few days to break them in. It is a big mistake if you decide to wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. New shoes can bite, cause blisters and feel uncomfortable. Since you will spend most of the time on your feet, this can ruin your entire day.

So, don’t wait till the last minute to shop or open your wedding shoes. Get them early, and start wearing them for short spans of time, months before your wedding. As you use the shoes, your feet will get accustomed to the heel height, and also relax into the fit. You can then comfortably don them on your wedding day. We suggest you get your wedding shoes in time for your first dress alteration appointment. This way, you will have the opportunity to wear it with the dress and your seamstress can alter your dress hemline to the exact heel height of your shoes.

8.Not getting enough sleep

Your body needs enough rest every night to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Unless you clock 8 solid hours of sleep, you will not have the energy to handle the challenges of the week. Irrespective of how demanding the tasks this week are, make sure you get your required sleep.

Without enough sleep, your beauty and skin care regimen will not yield optimal results. You will end up with puffy eyes and dark circles. Your skin will also look listless and dull. Insufficient sleep can also impact your overall immunity and well-being. So, don’t skimp on sleep. Give your body and mind the rest it deserves, and your body will thank you for it by helping you be in best shape on your special day.

9.Brand new beauty therapy

There are several treatments that promise instant results. However, you had better stay away from trying out such a treatment for the first time in the week before your wedding. Whether it is laser treatment, Microdermabrasion, chemical peels or similar beauty treatments, there are chances of it carrying risks. In such a case, you may end up with a disastrous result and no time to rectify the issue.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of such treatments for your wedding, do them at least two weeks ahead of your wedding date. This will leave you enough time to recover from likely issues, if any. The benefits of such treatments also last at long, so you can enjoy that as well.

10.Caffeine or alcohol binge

It is perfectly normal to feel stressed out with the various things that happen close to your wedding. You may have parties like the bachelorette and rehearsal dinner lined up. There may also be tasks that leave you no time to unwind or de-stress. Irrespective of the situation, don’t indulge in alcohol or caffeine.

Alcohol can add several pounds to your frame. It can also make you seem tired and worn out. Caffeine, on the other hand, can give you that instant rush of energy and help you stay attentive. Nonetheless, it can negatively affect your skin and beauty.

11.Have too much processed and junk foods or fizzy drinks

Although processed and junk foods are never a great idea, avoiding it is particularly important in the days leading up to your wedding. These foods are loaded with salt, sugar and calories and do immense harm to your body. Not only do they pile on calories, they can also be detrimental to your overall well-being.

So, put aside that trip to the burger joint or bakery till after your wedding. The longer you stay away from aerated drinks, sugary sweets and juicy burgers, the better your skin will look and feel. In fact, we suggest you start saying no to these items months before your wedding. Substitute these with fresh fruits and nuts when you feel the craving, and it won’t be long before you get used to it.

12.Do your DIY projects

Unless it isn’t an absolute essential in your wedding plans, DIY projects shouldn’t be left to do till the last week. You will be flooded with plenty of demanding tasks at this time, and it is risky to wait till this time to do your work. If you do not finish your handmade wedding favors or décor elements in time, you may have to do without it or pay a hefty price for replacements.

Plan your DIY projects realistically. Take on just those tasks that you are sure you can handle. As charming as personalized touches are, they are labor intensive. Also, remember that it take a long time to complete making favors for your 100 or more guests. It isn’t like the small parties you usually host. So, get on with your plans at least two to three months ahead of the wedding, or take the ready-made route. Here are some tips on the Brides website to make crafting fun.

13.Make last minute changes to plan

The last week before your wedding is the time to just follow through with prepared plans. It is definitely not the time to make new ones. Of course, emergency situations are a given. Except for that, don’t even think of adding new tasks or making alterations to the rest of your plans. It is always best to stick with the schedule and planned ideas. This will help you and the rest of your wedding party avoid stress.

Finally remember that a wedding is not just about the details, it is also about the experience. And you want to make fond memories of this important event in your life. So, keep your expectations realistic and work towards it for best results.

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5 Dos and Don’ts of Wedding hair

Bad hair-days are a given evil in our daily lives. So, imagine how your wedding look would go for a toss if your hair decided to act up on the most important day of your life?

You need to look perfect on your wedding, and your hair plays an important role in perfecting your overall bridal look. So, you cannot afford to sit back and just hope it will be alright. So, what do you do?

Fear not, for we are here with help. Follow this list of DO’s and DON’Ts and rest assured, you will be able to tame your mane and sport the fantastic wedding day hair you always dreamed of.

# THE BRIDAL HAIR DO’S

1.Start pampering and caring for your hair months in advance

Invest time and effort for your hair, if you want it to look great in time for your wedding day. Just as you start with a skin care regimen and plan a workout to get in shape six to eight months in advance,

set aside time to care for your hair. Only then will it be able to heal, grow and glow. Simple steps like replacing your old comb with a good quality brush, disentangling knots with care and never brushing wet hair, will make a huge difference over time. Give your hair extra TLC by applying an extra nourishing hair mask suitable for your hair type, once in a week. Find more practical tips on how to take care of your hair on this article at the Feminine women website.

2.Choose a hairstyle that matches your personality, and goes well with your dress

Avoid choosing a or parting your hair in a way that makes you look entirely different from how you normally are. If you do, your guests will be figuring out why you look so different, instead of focusing on how beautiful you look in your bridal attire. The best option is to go with a variation of the hairstyle in which you always look pretty. Also pay close attention to the neckline of your dress, when choosing your hairstyle. You should wear your hair up or let it down, depending on what style complements the neckline of your dress. Here are some ideas

  • Side swept chignons go well with strapless gowns, single-shoulder gowns, bateau necklines and illusion style dresses
  • Top knots and high buns are good choices with high necklines
  • Braided hairstyles are pretty with sweetheart necklines and lace gowns
  • Retro styles and loose hairdo’s are the choice for modern glamorous gowns with plunging V-necklines or halter straps

3.Have a test run before the actual day and nail the perfect hairstyle in advance

Collect pictures of hairstyles that you would like to try before you book your appointment with the hairstylist. You can then discuss all your ideas with her. Make sure you do this well ahead of your wedding day. Be open to her suggestions. Discuss any specific ideas you have, and where pictures are available, use them to help convey a better idea of how you want to look. Once you reach a consensus on the style to try, book a trial where you get to see how it actually looks. If you aren’t satisfied with how this hairstyle looks, you still have time to explore other options. This article on Brides.com  suggests you attempt three different hairstyles for your wedding day, to settle on the best one. You could schedule your trial appointment for the same day as your bridal dress fitting session, as this will allow you to get a good idea of how the two work together.

4.Allow enough time for your hair appointment on your wedding day

You will get a fair idea of how long it will take you to style your wedding hairdo at your trial. When planning your wedding day schedule, make sure you add an extra half-hour, just to be safe. You never know what unexpected hiccups can crop up on the day. So, prepare for it in advance, and all will be well. On this note, don’t forget to cross-check and reconfirm your appointment the day before the wedding, so your hairstylist doesn’t forget.

If you will be changing dresses after the wedding, and also changing your hairdo to go with it, make sure you will have sufficient time for it. Choose styling products that will make this easy. Also, make a list and stash everything you need to get dressed into your tote well in advance, so you don’t forget anything at the last minute.

5.Wear a button down dress while styling your hair on your wedding day

In the normal scenario, you will wear your wedding gown after you finish your hair and makeup. Choosing a front-open or button down dress for your hair appointment will allow you to change into your wedding dress without disturbing your hairstyle. Or, if you are doing your hair by yourself at home, a bath robe works well too. In either case, you should be able to easily get out of without having to touch your hairstyle or ruining it.

#THE BRIDAL HAIR DONT’S

1.Experiment with a new cut or color too close to the wedding date

As I’d mentioned earlier, you should be preparing for your wedding day a few months ahead of the wedding. The ideal time to start planning is as soon as you buy your wedding dress. If you plan to try a drastically different haircut or color your hair a brand new shade, make sure you do it as early as possible, so you have time to grow out of it, if it isn’t something you like. The best thing to do is to get the look well in advance, and simply trim, touch up and maintain it during the days leading up to the wedding. This way, you will not be in for any nasty surprises in the hair department, on your big day.

2.Use heat or curling and straightening irons unless absolutely necessary, till your wedding day

Limit the use of heat and hair styling products, as these can take a toll on the natural bounce and beauty of your tresses. Your hair will have to deal with a lot of stress from curling, crimping, setting and straightening on the wedding day itself. So, minimize the damage by subjecting your hair to minimum hair treatments prior to the wedding. We perfectly understand how you will find it necessary to turn on the heat, to look perfect for all those pre-wedding photo opportunities. After all, you want to look great not just on your wedding day, but in all the pictures that make their way into your collection of wedding memories. But too much heat damage will have you stressing over your hair after you tie the knot. So, take it easy with the chemicals and heat. Don’t forget to use a heat resistant spray and give your hair the nourishment it requires, so it can cope. Also do your bit by drinking plenty of water and eating a well-balanced diet that will have your hair in top shape to bear this external damage.

3.Forget about hair accessories when planning your wedding day hairstyle

When you attend your trial hair appointment, make sure you have all your hair accessories for the day with you. This should include your veil, hair pins, combs, clips, hair extensions, flowers and anything else that you intend to wear in your hair, on the actual day. The veil is very important, as where it is placed will greatly impact your overall look. There are stunning hairstyles that work well with veils. So, if you will be wearing a veil, discuss your options with your hairdresser. Similarly, placing hair accessories like headbands at different positions on your crown can alter your look drastically. Sort this out at your trial appointment, rather than wait till your wedding day to find out. Look at pictures you find in magazines and on the internet for inspiration, and also listen to your stylist’s suggestions. Once you nail the final look, take pictures of this hairstyle from all angles, and save it for your reference. This will help clear up any confusion on your wedding day, should it happen. You also don’t want to choose a look that will seem dated five years from now. Go with classic and elegant styles and choose hair accessories that will stand the test of time. Check out this article on how to choose the best headpieces for your wedding day for some ideas to plan your wedding day look.

4.Overdo it; simple can also be stylish

The more you worry about how you will look on your wedding day, the more difficult it will be to find the perfect look. It isn’t necessary to have an elaborate or very complicated hairstyle to look glamorous on your wedding day. Simply polishing up your regular style, or adding a dose of bling with a gorgeous ornament, is all that is sometimes needed to create that impact. To do this easily, we suggest you try to recollect a few occasions when you looked best, and how you wore your hair at the time. Start with something similar and work out a hairstyle with your stylist, so you can enhance it even further. Comfort is also key. If you think you’ll be fiddling with your hair at the altar if you leave it down, go for a style that takes the hair away from your face instead. There are hundreds of great hairstyles that can help you achieve the look you want, while feeling comfortable as well. All you have to do is to figure out which of them will be apt for you.

5.Forget to pack hairspray and other touch-up essentials into your emergency kit, to keep your curls in place throughout the day

It is not just when you walk down the aisle that you ought to look great, it is all through the day. This means you may have to touch up your hair once in a while. Make sure you stash away all the necessary tools for this, in your bridal emergency kit. This includes your hairbrush, a fine comb, hairspray and bobby pins. Make sure you touch up at regular intervals, so you look fresh and your hair is intact in all your wedding pictures. Also, it is only sensible to plan your hairstyle such that it is suitable for the venue and weather. If your ceremony is held outdoors in a breezy location, allowing your locks to naturally fall may not be the best idea. So, think of all these factors when deciding your hairstyle. If you will be changing your hairstyle after the ceremony, for the reception, practice, practice, practice! Only then will it be quick and easy to change from the first style to the second, on the day. Choose suitable styling products so this is easy to achieve.

Finally, remember that your wedding day is not all about how you look, but also about how you feel. Everything you wear or dress up in should only complement the happiness you feel in your soul on the day you marry the man you love. Keep this vision in mind, and everything will be sorted out by itself.

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