On the morning of your wedding, you should be singing “Chapel of Love” with your girls, and not worrying about a spray tan gone wrong or stress breakouts made worse by new birth control. This means that the closer you come to your big day, the more careful you should be with the little things you might normally take for granted in your daily routine.
Think about cutting down on coffee, tea, red wine, and other food and beverages that stain your teeth. Be consistent with your prescription medication, skin care, and cleaning products for at least a few months before the wedding. You never know when you might have a strange reaction or breakout because of something random and preventable, and this is certainly not the time to find out. Give yourself that extra window of time for beauty appointments like waxing, facials, or hair coloring. If something goes wrong a day or two before your wedding, there’s very little you can do to fix it. Staying extra hydrated and reducing the salt in your diet will help you avoid bloating. That extra water will help you get through an exhausting week that you just don’t want to be exhausted for–especially while you’re cutting back on that coffee!
The more you plan ahead for any beauty mishaps along the way, and arm yourself with the tools to fix any beauty bumblings or party fouls, the more in control you will feel. It would be silly to look back on your wedding, and to think about how much your feet hurt because you didn’t think to put comfortable gel soles in your beautiful new dancing shoes. Having an emergency kit–or better yet, a designated bridesmaid to combat the bobby pin and bra strap issues–will help you to relax and enjoy your day without having to worry about unwanted, irreparable surprises.
You’ll cherish these memories and these pictures for the rest of your life, so plan ahead and don’t rock the boat with the things that are easy to control.