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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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Beauty Tips for summer brides

Two of the most popular wedding seasons are spring and summer. While summer weddings allow you to plan fantastic outdoor soirees, every bride would agree that it is difficult to look fresh throughout the day when the temperature is this high.

Fortunately, we have just the tips you need to make sure that you look great throughout your wedding day and that you look great in your wedding pictures. Follow this guide, and you will be on your way to looking just perfect on your big day.

Prepare ahead of time

This is an essential tip, that has to be followed by every bride, even if she isn’t getting married in summer. Your skin is an organ that needs a lot of attention. Your lifestyle factors, stress, eating and drinking habits and even sleep patterns play a role in how good your skin looks. So, begin taking care of it from the minute you are engaged, if you want it to look great in time for the wedding. Follow the essential skin care routine—cleansing, toning and moisturizing, without fail, and you will notice your skin getting better and responding to your care faster.

Pamper your skin with the best

Make it a point to have facials at least once a week, till the day of your wedding. Consider getting a professional facial as well, as this will clean your skin of build-up and restore its natural glow. Eat a balanced diet, loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water to hydrate from within. Throw out all the old and expired stuff in your makeup bag, and replace it with good quality cosmetics and creams. Also, make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep everyday, so your skin gets time to repair and restore itself. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen whenever you step out, and stay in the shade at all times.

Choose hydrating products for your skin

During summer, your sweat glands work overtime, and you lose more moisture from your skin surface. Prepare for your wedding day, by layering your skin with a good amount of moisturizer after you properly cleanse it. Don’t skip this step even if you have oily skin. For your bridal makeup, make sure to apply primer. Also choose waterproof makeup, and ones that are enriched with organic ingredients. Carry your compact in your emergency kit, for regular touch ups. Keep tissues handy, to dab off sweat.

Keep the look natural

Summer brides look best when they use makeup sparingly, and stick to the nude makeup style. This article on Divine Caroline suggests that you use lighter textures in your makeup to look fresher. Similarly, with your hair, make sure that it has a natural feel to it, and you don’t choose a hairstyle that looks too dressy or tight. Deep condition your locks and apply a suitable hair product to keep your hair in place throughout the day. It is also a good idea to upgrade from your regular anti-perspirant to one that is of clinical grade, so you can stay fresh for longer.

And most importantly, choose a wedding dress that is breezy, light and feels comfortable in the warm weather. To find one that is just right for the occasion, take a look at our bridal gallery on Best for Bride and you are bound to find the one you’ve always dreamed of.

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Don’t fall ill on your wedding day! Tips to stay healthy

allergy-18656_1280The best time to realize the saying “Health is Wealth,” is when you are engaged. Falling ill when your wedding day is just around the corner, can be a damper on all the celebrations. Imagine how terrible it would be to stand at the altar and sniffle (ones that aren’t the happy type!), or how difficult it would be to control sneezing while photos are being clicked.

Unfortunately, illness is something that can strike at any time, unless you are determined to keep it at bay. Here are some tips will help you in this direction. Begin practicing them right away and you can avoid falling ill.

Build up your immunity

One of the best ways to avoid falling ill is to strengthen your immunity. Fortunately, this isn’t too difficult to achieve, and the earlier you begin it the sooner you can achieve it. Eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water everyday. Get your stomach ready to attack bugs by building up your reserve of good bacteria through having yogurt with live cultures, regularly. You touch a number of surfaces everyday, so wash your hands often and clean them well. Use warm water and soap, or use a hand sanitizer if it isn’t possible to wash your hands at any time.

Sleep well

Sleep is an instant stress-reliever and having a good sleep-cycle will strengthen your body in several ways. However hectic your schedule may be, stick to a regular sleep routine. This will help you unwind and a stress-free body is better equipped to fight off bugs.

Avoid contact with sick people

This is a no-brainer, yet one that many brides seem to forget. When you come to know someone is sick, restrict or avoid contact with them till they are better. Should you have to care for a person suffering from a contagious condition, make sure that you have minimum contact with them and the things they use. Also wash your hands well, and do not touch surfaces that may be infected. When you use public transportation, or spend time in a public space, wash your hands soon after.

Exercise to push those bugs away

Moderate exercise helps your body create more infection-fighting cells, than usual. So, make it a habit. However, don’t overwork your body. Take it steady and practice regularly. You can also consider yoga or meditation, as these can enhance the body’s capabilities of combating stress.

Get a daily dose of herbal help

A number of herbs have been used since ages to fight infections as well as to improve the immune system. These include elderberry, echinacea, turmeric and astragalus. These herbs boost the natural immunity of the body, without causing any side-effects. Consume them daily and you will obtain the protection you require.

Treat a symptom at the onset

Remember that the clock is ticking, and you cannot afford to have a cold, flu or stomach bug at this time. Don’t dismiss any symptom that appears, and begin attacking it with medication, natural remedies and whatever works, from the moment you suspect you will be ill. For colds and flus, take zinc at the onset. For a stomach bug, load up on fluids and take suitable medication right away. Try to get it under control before it spoils your wedding day.

For more wedding tips and advice, visit Best for Bride.