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15 Important things to do in the week of your wedding

The last week leading up to your wedding will be a whirlwind of activity. This is the time when you have to complete every last detail on your wedding checklist. Since there will be plenty of work to do at this time, it is easy to forget one or more things in all the hurry.

Having seen so many brides over the years, we can understand how exhausting it is when you should finish it all and also get everything right. Fortunately, we know how to make the task easy. Here is a checklist of all the important things you should complete in the week leading up to your wedding.

Use this list to finish your tasks in a planned manner and without hassle.

1.Pick up your wedding dress

Plan your final wedding dress fitting early in the week during your wedding. This will help you ensure that the dress fits perfectly. You needn’t worry about any size changes following this session, and hence can enjoy the best possible fit. In case your dress fitting is over before this, don’t forget to try on your dress during the last week. You can do any necessary alteration if there is any change in measurement at the time. Also try the dress on with the accessories you intend to wear. This will let you see how the overall look comes together, and you can make any necessary changes.

2.Pack or prep your wedding dress

If you plan to get dressed at home, set your wedding dress on a hanger. Steam or iron the belt or sash that comes with the dress, so it looks crisp and clean. In case you should transport your wedding dress, zip it into a garment bag after ensuring all parts are perfectly packed. Check with your wedding dress boutique to find whether there are any likely issues with transporting the dress. Follow their suggestions, if any.

3.Break in your wedding shoes

Don’t wait till your wedding day to first wear your wedding shoes. Unless you break them in, wearing them on the very day can be painful. Brand new shoes pinch, cause blisters or may feel too tight. If the heel height is more than what you usually wear, it won’t be easy to dance in them. So, start using it the month before your wedding and your feet will get accustomed to the fit. In the last week, wear it for a short while every day. Wearing them in short spurts will help you break it in gradually. Get used to the heel height. Also try to dance in them. For more tips and advice on how to break your shoes in effectively, take a look at this article on the Bustle. 

4.Practice your vows

You may have written your vows already. So, now start practicing it as well. Even if you will be reading it off a piece of paper, try it out in advance. This will allow you to modulate your voice and pace your lines for the right effect. Another benefit of doing this is that it will alleviate some stress. After all, many brides become nervous when the moment finally arrives and they have to say their vows in front of all these people. Prepare yourself with the lines and you are less likely to fumble and make mistakes. Thus, you will feel calm and confident when you have to finally say it at your wedding.

5.Check and confirm with those who will speak at your wedding

This is the right time to cross-check and confirm with those who are saying the wedding speeches and toasts. A gentle reminder will be sufficient for them to get their toast ready in time for the wedding. It is a good idea to inform then of when it will be their turn to speak on the day. Long toasts and speeches are boring. So, ask them to keep it short and not longer than 5 minutes. Also limit the wedding speeches to three or four at the most, so your guests don’t feel bored.

6.Put together your wedding emergency kit

There are many things that can go wrong on your wedding day. Get ready to tackle all such issues with an emergency kit with all necessary supplies. You will have to stock items like tissues, blotting paper, chalk, safety pins, thread and needles to handle potential wedding dress issues. Apart from that you should also include your hair and makeup essentials. Smelling salts, plaster and tape are some of the other items that can come in handy. For the full list of items to have in your wedding emergency kit, visit this previous article. If you don’t want to set up your emergency kit by yourself, you can also buy it ready made. Find out all about what our emergency kit contains and how you can order it from Best for Bride here. 

7.Complete all work-related assignments

You will have to run around a lot for your wedding tasks. So, get your work out of the way before that. Complete all pending assignments and delegate responsibilities to your colleagues in-charge during your absence. Send emails to all those concerned, informing them of your non-availability during your wedding and honeymoon. Get your work things organized and in-place. Create easy to access lists and information for your co-workers, boss and subordinates, so they will not have to contact you while you are away.

8.Confirm with vendors and suppliers

Don’t wait till the day before your wedding to get in touch with your wedding vendors. Call them up early and cross-check if everything is progressing as per plan. Confirm that there are no issues and all required ingredients and materials are available. Inquire about any likely changes, and give the go-ahead only after verifying them. Confirm arrival, transportation and pick-up plans for the day. Provide a contact who they can get in touch with in case of any questions on the day. If you have a wedding planner, she will handle all this. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to verify that everything is moving smoothly.

9.Verify plans with your wedding party

Get in touch with your bridesmaids, ushers and the rest of the members in the wedding party and inform them of the wedding timeline and plans. Check and confirm that your bridesmaids have collected their dresses after necessary alterations. Also discuss their hair and makeup plans for the day. Delegate the responsibilities to the right people, so everyone is aware of what they are in-charge of. Inform them of where they have to be at different times on the day. Also discuss the details of how, where and when they should do their hair and makeup on the day. Once you do the overall planning, delegate the responsibilities to ensure each aspect is covered to your maid-of-honor, best man and bridal party.

10.Pack your overnight bag

Even if you will be getting dressed at your home, put all that you need together for easy access. Make a list of all the things you need to get ready. This should also include your change of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, your emergency kit and other essentials. Then pack a bag with these items and put it away safely. Once you have this ready, simply pull it out when it is time to go. You need not worry about searching for all you need at the last minute.

11.Pack your honeymoon bag

Pack all that you need for your honeymoon in the week before your wedding. Depending on the location, make a list of the different things you have to carry. Then pack these items into your bag. If your honeymoon is abroad, don’t forget to pack your passport and other travel documents. When you get everything ready in advance, you are less likely to forget any essential detail. For new clothes, shoes and other items, get rid of the tags and price stickers before packing them in.

12.Confirm the guest head count

This is the right time to ensure that your seating arrangement is done properly and that there are no changes to plan. If someone has failed to RSVP, reach out to them to find out if they are attending or not. You can make suitable last-minute changes to the seating plan if there is a difference in head count. Share this information with your caterer, venue manager and wedding planner, once the list is ready. If you have asked guests to make a choice from the menu options, this is also the time to follow up with those who haven’t responded already. Your vendors and caterers will need such information to plan their work for the day.

13.Prep your home

There will be people visiting you during the week before your wedding. So, get it ready for hosting, in advance. Do a deep clean, put everything in its right place and neatly arrange your house. Have your kitchen stocked with easy-to-prepare meals, for days that do not go as planned. Plan your outfits for the week, so you can dress quickly and efficiently. If there are items that are to be stored away safely, put them away now and you needn’t worry about them when you have to lock and go. Hire help if necessary, for the cleaning, maintenance and any other essential tasks. Also identify the zones where you will be taking photographs on the wedding day, and set them up neatly and as preferred so they are ready for pictures.

14.Get your mani/pedi and confirm hair and makeup appointments

You should do your manicure and pedicure closer to the wedding day, for best results. So, schedule your appointment just a day or two before the wedding. Make sure it doesn’t clash with any of the remaining wedding plans. You will have to spend at least an hour at the salon for this purpose. Decide on how you want your nails to look for the occasion. Here are some ideas on the Huffington Post.  This will prevent you from randomly picking it up and later regretting the choice. Book your appointment at the salon in advance. If you will be using a hairdresser or makeup artist for your wedding, double-check your booking details to avoid confusion on the day.

15.Brief your maid-of-honor or wedding planner on wedding day responsibilities

You do not want to spend your time overseeing every detail on your wedding day, when you ought to actually have fun. So, assign all responsibilities to a capable person or persons. Discuss factors like what to do with the décor after the function, how to handle vendor payments, what to do with your wedding dress etc. Give clear instructions on each aspect that is important. You can thus minimize their need to consult you with questions on the day. Do a double check of your wedding checklist and make sure everything has been handled.

Wedding planning is strenuous and can overwhelm every bride at some point or the other. To avoid drowning in the stress, it is wise to chalk out time for yourself during the wedding planning process. Also, don’t forget to enjoy every milestone you cross. Finding the perfect wedding dress is a big achievement in your wedding planning, and we can help you with this. Visit Best for Bride for the latest and most modern as well as classic bridal dress collections. Apart from that, also browse through our bridesmaids dress collections, wedding accessories collection and more to jump start your wedding planning today.

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8 essential bridal beauty appointments you don’t want to miss

 

Congratulations on your engagement! Get ready for some action now, for the countdown to your wedding will be a whirlwind of plans and tasks. You will be very busy planning aspects like the wedding budget, booking a venue, choosing invitations, and going wedding dress shopping. Meanwhile, don’t forget to plan for your bridal beauty appointments.

Your wedding day is that day in your life when you must look your absolute best. Unfortunately, there is no single magical treatment that will help you overnight. Perfect skin, great hair and a good figure take time to achieve. So, make sure you schedule your bridal beauty appointments into your wedding planning timeline in advance. Find time for all of these essential beauty appointments, and you will look gorgeous from head to toe on your wedding day.

1.Dentist

Happy occasions like weddings involve a lot of smiling. And when you are the bride, you simply must have a dazzling smile to display. Visit your dentist soon after you are engaged and find out what needs to be done. If there are major issues to tackle, your dentist can address them during the months leading up to the wedding.

Book a whitening and cleaning session closer to the wedding day. This will help you achieve teeth that sparkle and make you more beautiful. Meanwhile, don’t forget to practice good oral hygiene and avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth.

2.Hair removal appointment

Whether you do your hair removal yourself using DIY kits or at a salon, plan the timing for this wisely. Here are the different options and how you can time the appointment for best results:

Laser hair removal: Have you always wanted to laser unwanted hair off once and for all? Your wedding presents the right opportunity to put this plan into action. There are two things to keep in mind when going for laser hair removal. First, it takes 4-6 weeks to fully achieve hair removal using this technique. Secondly, it is wise to choose a recommended professional laser center to avoid unwanted risks. Book your appointment with a reputed laser hair removal salon considering this factor.

Waxing: Whether you wax at home by yourself or get it done at a beauty salon, it is important to time it right. Regrowth should be long enough to completely eliminate at the last session before your wedding day. Three days before D-day is usually good enough.

Depilators or creams: If you have been following these techniques for a while, you should have a fair idea of how long it takes after a session for the hair to reappear. Schedule your sessions into your timeline accordingly.

3.Hair stylist

Do you plan to do your hair yourself on your wedding day? Or will you be hiring a hairstylist? Either way, you should visit a hairstylist before your wedding. At your first appointment, have a haircut and color your hair. This is very important if you plan to change your hair color. At the second appointment, do what is necessary to get your hair right in time for your wedding day. Book these appointments long before your wedding, so you have enough time to experiment with a new look. In case it doesn’t turn out well, you will still have time to outgrow it or fix the issues.

If you will hire a stylist for your wedding day hair, we recommend doing a trial before the actual day. This will allow you to see exactly how your bridal hairstyle will be. You can also find out how long it will take. If you aren’t satisfied with the results, your hairstylist can make necessary changes. It is a good idea to have this trial on the same day when you will be attending your wedding dress fitting. This will give you a perfect idea of how the hairstyle you chose goes with your wedding dress. Alternately, if you will be having an engagement photo shoot or a bridal portrait, use this opportunity to try your wedding day hairstyle.

If you need some inspiration for wedding day hairstyles, take a look at the variety of images here on the Bridal Guide blog. And, here is some valuable advice on how to choose the right wedding day hairstyle for you on the Huff Post

4.Make-up artist

Many brides prefer to entrust their wedding day makeup to a professional makeup artist, and with good reason. Unlike any other day, you do not want to look less than perfect on your wedding day. Makeup artists have the necessary tools to help you look your very best. They will also ensure that your makeup stays fresh and you will only have to touch it up occasionally.

Just as with your hair trial, it is a good idea to have a makeup trial. Look online and in bridal magazines for inspiration. Collect pictures you like and take it to your makeup artist to look at. She may suggest changes and customize the look to suit your skin tone and features. A trial will allow you to see if you like the look or prefer something different. Plan this on the day of your dress fitting, if you want to see how your bridal look comes together. Or have it done on the day of your engagement photo shoot. You can then check if the overall look is photogenic or you must make changes to look better on your wedding day.

Now, if you have decided to do your wedding day makeup by yourself, don’t forget to first read this guide on the Martha Stewart website for some helpful pointers. 

5.Manicurist

Every part of your body that the camera sees deserves special attention. Your photographer will take close-up shots of your bouquet and wedding ring, and your hands will accompany them in the shot. A good manicure will pamper and prep your fingers and nails for this dose of attention. It is also a good opportunity to unwind, relax and enjoy some TLC. So, don’t skip it!

Ask the manicurist for suggestions on how to dress your fingers for your special day. Let your nails also show off your personality. Choose from crisp French manicures, gently embellished designs, long colored nails or wild mix and match patterns depending on your personal preference. We suggest having your bridal manicure in the week leading up to the wedding. However, you should begin attending to your hands long before it. Avoid biting your nails, using harsh, dark nail colors and subjecting it to unnecessary wear and tear. Keep your hands moisturized and choose the best accessories to accentuate it’s natural beauty.

There are numerous resources on the web for ideas on how to decorate your nails on your special day. If you want a glamorous look, this article on the Huff Post has some interesting pointers. There are more ideas here and here.

6.Skin expert

Unless you are blessed with amazing skin that is hundred percent problem free, it is a good idea to meet a dermatologist soon after your engagement. A skin doctor can give you professional solutions for any or all skin problems. Whether it is acne, blemishes, sun spots, redness of skin or any unseemly marks, you can find the right approach to fixing the issue. However, remember that many skin problems take time to address and completely cure. This is why we suggest you make a trip to your doctor’s earlier on.

You can also consider getting a specialist treatment like Microdermabrasion or a chemical peel at a qualified dermatologist’s office for better results. After all, it is your wedding day. A little boost to your natural beauty will only help you look even better when all eyes are on you.

7.Hair salon

Just like skin, beautiful hair doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort to get tresses in best shape. So, book your appointment at a good hair spa at frequent intervals throughout your engagement period, and indulge in some special hair care. Hair spas can really improve the texture and quality of your hair. Make it a regular practice and you will love the results.

See to it that you pick a good salon where the beauticians correctly identify your hair type and plan your treatment accordingly. With hydrating hair masks, head massages and refreshing steam sessions, your hair will shine like never before. Additionally, sessions like these are relaxing and will offer you a welcome respite when wedding planning stress gets to you!

8.Pedicure

Many women enjoy a manicure once in a while, or at least indulge in DIY manicures at home. However, few give the same care to their feet. As a bride, you must look flawless from top to toe. And this includes your feet. Being subjected to immense wear and tear all year around, a pedicure is a great way to get your feet to feel good and look great. It is also a stress buster, so you will love it. If you haven’t treated your feet to one in ages, make sure you plan at least two or three of them into your wedding timeline.

Pamper your feet with a relaxing pedicure and foot spa one or more times. Have the last one in the week leading up to your wedding. This is when you will be on an all-time stress-high. So, the session will help you unwind. Additionally, it will help to fix your feet just in time for your wedding, so you literally get to put your best foot forward.

If you thought details and designs are for the hands, think again. Dress up your feet and you will feel empowered and amazing. There are many ways in which you can decorate your toe nails and feet to look extra special. Find all the inspiration and ideas you need in this article on Soopermag. 

So, tell us, have you booked your appointments for all the special beauty treatments you deserve as a bride? Do you have any more on your list? If you do, don’t forget to let us know by dropping us a comment below.

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and a perfect excuse to indulge in some special beauty treatments. So, we say make the most of it and spend a little extra on enjoying yourself. With all the wedding planning stress you have to handle, this is one thing you deserve!

For all your bridal shopping needs, from your wedding dress and accessories to dresses for the bridal party and more, visit Best for Bride. You will find an amazing bridal collection as well as a variety of bridesmaids dresses of every type imaginable. Visit our website to learn more about all that you can buy at Best for Bride and the various offers we have.

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7 ideas to pamper and prep your groom

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Don’t we often forget that there are two people who are special on the wedding day? Yes, it’s a fact! All of us tend to focus entirely on the bride and all that she needs to get set for her big wedding day. Isn’t it a pity that her Prince Charming is often overlooked, and enters the scene pretty much just on the wedding day?

So, this time we decided to shine the spotlight on the bridegroom, for a change. So, brides, listen up! This article is for your soon-to-be husband! After all, it’s a milestone event for him too, and you could offer some help in the grooming department, to ensure he looks his very best on the big day.

Let us first look at some advice on the basics that are to be taken care of.

# Plan ahead

While the bride is usually preparing for the wedding months in advance, bridegrooms usually don’t have any action plan. Most brides spend a few hours with their make-up artist and hairstylist, to get ready for the wedding ceremony. On the other hand, the groom’s not involved in such elaborate preparations. All he does is take a shower, have a shave and splash some cologne.

Well, it’s time things changed. If your groom has to look just as good as you, make sure that he too gets his fair share of attention. Get going by planning his wedding day look well in advance. Decide all that he can do to look his best from head to toe, and set an action plan and time-line for when he will do each item on the list.

# His hairstyle means a great deal

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One of the most important things that determine your overall wedding day look is your hairstyle. The same applies to your groom too. One that flatters his facial features and suits his personality will be best. So, make sure that he plans his hairstyle for the day in advance. It is a good idea to have a trial run few months ahead of the wedding. This way, if he isn’t too happy, he will have time to outgrow it. Have him do his trial runs six to eight months before the wedding, so he has sufficient time to try various hairstyles and find the one that he wishes to wear to the wedding. Finally, get this haircut done no earlier than a week before the wedding day, so it looks fresh.

#Another essential—skincare

You know how you obsess over cleansing, toning and moisturizing, every single day? Ask your partner to join in the fun, and his skin will thank him for the care. Convince him of it’s importance, make sure he does it regularly and the difference will be evident in just a few days. Everyone loves a clean, glowing face—whether it is on a man or a woman. So, he deserves to pamper his skin a little extra and prepare for the big day. It will be when you see your wedding pictures that he will realize that the effort was worth it. Moreover, it is just a matter of few minutes a day. He will hardly notice the spent this time on it, but we guarantee that if he sticks to it regularly, the results will prove why we stress this so much.

#Eat and drink healthy

If you want to not only look, but also feel good and confident, you should not only pay attention to what you do on the outside, but also what goes inside your body. Let your engagement be the time for both of you to start off with a healthy lifestyle. Eat balanced meals, cut out the junk and drink plenty of fluids, and your body will revel in the care you administer it. Anti-oxidant rich foods will reduce the occurrence of acne and blemishes, and save a lot of trouble. Keep yourselves hydrated all the time, and this will not only help your skin and hair look and feel better, it will also rejuvenate you. Exercise is another big essential for men and women alike. Have your groom include exercise in his daily routine and it will help him be fit and trim in time for your wedding. Start easy, and slowly easy into a daily exercise routine of at least half an hour a day.

#Cut down on alcohol and smoke, and stay away from the sun

Some habits are more damaging than you may realize. Alcohol, cigarettes and the sun are the three biggest causes of damage to health. Your bridegroom should regularly use sunscreen when he steps out of the house, or all that extra care will go down the drain. By reducing his intake of alcohol and cutting down on cigarettes, his overall health will improve and his skin will reflect the positive change.

Now that you know what are the basic requirements for your fiance to be in best shape for the wedding day, it’s time to move into the details of preparing for the wedding day itself.

Here are ten ideas to pamper and prepare the bridegroom for one of the biggest events in his lifetime—his wedding day.

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1.Have a Mani and Pedi

Think of how the camera will focus on his hands too, when your photographer clicks pictures of your wedding rings! Don’t you think he can benefit from a manicure for this reason? The men of the previous generations invested time and money into grooming themselves well. They knew that neat, clean nails made a man look sophisticated and well put-together. Don’t you agree? Why don’t you search out a men’s salon that offers these services in your area. This way, he will not disagree to attending an appointment there. If your partner is entirely against the idea of getting his nails done, the least he can do is to soak his hands and feet in soapy water and moisturize it to prevent the formation of calluses. Or, book him in for a foot spa which he cannot refuse. This will not only help him relax his tired feet, but will also have it looking much better than it originally did.

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2.Visit a professional hair salon for a shave

For his wedding day, ask him to get a professional shave instead of the regular quick shave at home. After all, he does this by himself every day of his life and deserves to have it done by someone else for once. It doesn’t take too long, and all he needs is a prior appointment so things go as per plan. Ask him to pull in his best man or another groomsman, and he can make it more fun. If he has a styled beard, we think it is necessary that he does a sample run at the salon he will be visiting, before his wedding day. You do not want his look to be drastically altered on the wedding day, because the stylist didn’t understand what he wanted. Now, if he is very particular that he will do it himself, here are some tips to get the best results.

  • A brand new straight-edge razor is absolutely necessary to get a clean-shaven look
  • Placing a hot wet towel on the face, prior to shaving will open up the pores and help attain a closer and cleaner shave
  • Should cuts or nicks occur, a styptic pencil can stop the bleeding
  • For beards and mustaches, they should first be combed, and then trimmed

3.Get rid of excess facial hair

Some men have excess or unattractive facial hair on the ears or in the nose. Some men also have excessively bushy eyebrows with plenty of stray hairs. Have the stray hairs on the eyebrows trimmed during the week before the wedding. Remember to only take out the excess, and not alter the overall look by making it thin. Similarly tweeze away the nose hairs and those on the ear for a clean and polished look. Either use a nose hair trimmer for the purpose, or go with the traditional tweezer. It is less painful when done soon after a bath, when the skin pores are open. Or, he can lay a hot towel on the area first, and then progress with tweezing it.

4.Have a refreshing facial

Facials are not just for women. There are facials specifically aimed at men, and these can do wonders in rejuvenating their skin. Get your groom to have a facial during the week leading up to your wedding day. It will keep his skin radiant, fresh and free from blemishes. If he has acne scars, getting a couple of them during the months leading up to the wedding can reduce the color and visibility considerably. The massage and cleansing of the skin will also help your groom relax and enjoy the experience. As his skin is exfoliated and dead cells are removed, it will look more vibrant. If he is dead against it, you can ask him to do one that is suitable for his skin by himself. Buy a suitable facial kit from the drug store and simply follow the instructions on it.

5.Decide on whether he wants a tan or not

This is something that your groom should plan in advance. If he decides to go for it, make sure that he prepares for it at least months in advance. He can either choose to go with a tanning salon or use a self-tanning lotion. If he will be using a self-tanning lotion, he should do it carefully so he achieves a uniform color .

6.Get teeth cleaned or whitened

Your groom will be photographed throughout your wedding day, and this is the opportunity when he cannot shun away from flashing his smile. It isn’t unusual to have stained teeth from drinking coffee, tea and alcohol, or other lifestyle habits. Your groom however, can smile with all his might and show off his sparkling teeth confidently, after a teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening can be performed in a single session by a qualified dentist. Either fix an appointment with a recommended dentist, or get it done at home using a teeth whitening kit. Either way, the process is quick and painless. Follow the instructions exactly, and there won’t be any issues. Also, ask him to switch over to whitening toothpaste, so he can reduce the stains this way as well.

6.Get the right haircut

We already mentioned that your groom should have an idea of the look he will be wearing to your wedding. A week before the day, is the right time to get his haircut done. This will allow the hair to just grow out of the freshly cut look and still look neat and attractive. During the hair styling session, he should seek the stylist’s advice on how to set his hair perfectly on the day of the wedding. He can practice it at home in the coming days and nail it in time for the wedding. Make sure he uses a good quality styling gel or hairspray, so his hair is locked into the look throughout the day.

7.Choose the right scent

Use your wedding as the occasion to go out and splurge on some great cologne and perfume for your husband-to-be. You can both make the shopping trip together and search for a scent that is different from the one that you both always use. Let it be a wedding special, one that he wears for the first time on this day. It will add a special note to the memories of the day, and whether he chooses to stick with it or saves it for special occasions, it is still worth it. This article on the Men Style Fashion website will provide valuable insight into what you need to know about selecting Men’s Perfume. Check it out.

Now that we’ve covered the needful on pampering and prepping your bridegroom, we hope you will both look equally attractive on your upcoming wedding day. For more wedding tips, advice and shopping needs, continue visiting us at Best for Bride.