10 top tips to look and feel amazing this wedding season
17 Jun 2016
Find time for yourself ahead of your wedding and make sure you're looking and feeling fabulous come the big day with these tips from Weight Watchers
When you’re preparing for the most exciting and romantic day of your life, managing your time (and planning your look) is really important. With all the organising and arranging that goes in to making the day perfect, you might actually forget that this is supposed to be a time of celebration. For all you brides-to-be out there, here are a few tips to help you on your way to looking and feeling amazing this wedding season.
1. Be honest about your budget
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the planning stages, especially early on. A new dress, accessories, travel expenses, food and entertainment – it all adds up. Before you set a date or look for a venue, it’s a good idea to be honest with your partner about your budget and what you can afford. Don’t go dress shopping 'just for fun' and end up falling in love with the designer gown! It will be too difficult to let it go.
2. Write down all your to-dos
This one often goes without saying, but lists are your new best friend. Careful planning means that on the day, the event will seem effortless (despite the contrary truth). When planning your look, decide how you’d like it to be well ahead of time. From hair and nail appointments, to finding the perfect dress and accessories to match, it’s a great idea to make a compact to-do list so that you’re not panicked at the last minute.
3. Practise those wedding picture poses
Hate how you look in photos? Many people become self-conscious and slouch over as soon as a camera appears. It might sound silly, but spending some time in front of the mirror practising picture-perfect poses will give you extra confidence on the day. Holding a smile for endless pictures can actually cause you to frown, so remember to try and keep your smile natural.
4. Have your nails professionally done
Naturally, everyone will want to see your hands on your wedding day. Showing off your beautiful new ring means that people will notice if your nails aren’t up to scratch. Take time to moisturise your hands in the week running up to the main event, and don’t forget to exfoliate. Get a chic matching manicure to your dress or accessories for a seamless look.
5. Experiment with hairstyles
Everyone’s hair is different, and what suits one bride might look disastrous on another. Check out some simple hairstyles in a magazine or online, and try them out to see what suits. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit – if you usually go straight, try some loose curls for an elegant look.
6. Wear natural-looking make-up
Painting on too much bold make-up will make your face stand out in wedding photos – and not for the right reasons. If you’re set on wearing a bold lip colour, balance it out with light foundation and simple eye make-up. A natural-looking glow can be achieved with a good exfoliator, primer and highlighter.
7. Avoid crash diets
Adding 'clean' foods to your diet, such as fresh veggies, as well as cutting out or limiting your consumption of processed foods, is a great way to look and feel healthier. Crash dieting can put a stress on your body and cause your metabolism to go into starvation mode, while also adding unnecessary feelings of guilt during an already stressful time. Remember, on the day, you’ll want to look and feel great – not feel crabby from low blood sugar.
8. Fight puffy eyes
Lack of sleep, tears of joy – both of these can contribute to having puffy eyes on your big day. It’s a great idea to invest in some good quality eye firming gel, or hydrating eye cream, to use in the weeks leading up to your wedding. A nice cooling eye roll-on or an eye mask kept in the fridge overnight is a great way to start the morning, and will leave you looking and feeling refreshed.
9. Avoid last-minute treatments
Waxing, facial peels and other intensive skincare treatments can cause short-term inflammation and irritation, so doing these one or two nights before your wedding is a bad call. To give your skin some time to recover, make sure you have all your treatments done at least a week before your big day. This will ensure your skin is radiant and ready in time.
10. Break in new shoes
Wearing new shoes that haven’t been broken in can mean taking them off before the night is through. If you find some new shoes that are perfect for your wedding, make sure you spend a few days walking in them around the house, so that they’re nice and comfortable in time for the celebrations.