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Wedding preparations should include certain beauty treatments, some undertaken well in advance of the ceremony. The significance of a life-altering event such as one’s wedding can wreak havoc on everything from one’s skin to one’s weight, so it is important that the bride dedicate sufficient time to prepare both mentally and physically for this enormous rite of passage. While many brides devote inordinate time and attention to their hair and makeup, nothing should take precedence over personal grooming. A polished appearance is the best complement to any gown.

Three to Six Months Prior

  • Get a clean bill of health from your general physician or any specialists, plus all vaccinations necessary for the honeymoon.
  • As nothing is more attractive than a healthy smile, take care of all dental-related issues well in advance. Leave extra time if needed.

A Month Prior

  • Have your hair trimmed, not cut.
  • From here on in, cease to experiment with any new beauty products.

One to Two Weeks Prior

  • Attend final dress fittings.
  • Schedule dress rehearsals for hair, makeup and veil.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.
  • Start moisturizing.
  • Get some sleep.

The Day Before

  • Lay out all clothing, including rehearsal dinner attire.
  • Get a manicure and a pedicure. I prefer short nails in a pale shade of nude polish or a French manicure. This is not the time to make a nail statement.
  • If possible, get a massage.
  • Spend a bit of time alone.

Before the Wedding

  • Eat small, high-protein snacks all day, such as cheese, nuts, yogurt and peanut butter.
  • Once dressed, remain standing to avoid wrinkling.
  • The headpiece, veil, blusher, jewelry and lip color should be put on last.
  • Anchor the veil securely.
  • Have the photographer on hand to document everything.
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