Glowing bride

Your wedding day is so very special and exciting! It is truly a day that is just about you and the beginning of the rest of your life.

The journey may be short or long, but nonetheless, you must consider what the journey entails and what your needs will be. Whether you are planning a large event or a small intimate affair, good planning is an essential part of the equation. From venue to menu to saying “yes” to the dress, all details must be attended to.

I always suggest hiring a professional wedding planner, or if that is not within your budget, at least hire a day-of planner. Believe me, that one thing will alleviate a lot of pressure and stress on you. If you are going solo, I highly suggest you research wedding magazines, websites, etc. to get a good idea of all the components of a wedding journey. Find a wedding planning chart that lists out the myriad of tasks to accomplish, deadlines, target dates etc. I also suggest you recruit someone you trust to bounce things off of and lend another set of eyes; you definitely will need objectivity in the process.

There is so much more to say around planning, but I will stay in the beauty lane today. I am all about you being the vision of loveliness you’ve always dreamed of on your wedding day. Now, I must say that true beauty is not being the made-up ideal of perfect beauty. No, it is about having self-confidence and loving who you are!

True beauty comes from the expression in your eyes and the character in your face. It is a known fact that if a woman looks her most beautiful, she will feel her most beautiful. Hours, days and months are spent selecting the gown, shoes, colors, bridal party attire, etc. and not much time planning for personal wedding day beauty.

I will not detail how you should accomplish your goals as you can customize your regimen based on your specific needs. There is a wealth of good information available out there to help you get there. Head to toe, here is a personal beauty “to do” list to conquer:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Hair
  • Skin (face and body)
  • Nails
  • Teeth

Now take a beauty/wellness assessment of yourself to create your personal beauty strategy (it might be fun to create an avatar). Hair, skin, nails, exercise, diet, etc. Start your prep as soon as possible. The areas I deem absolutely necessary are exercise and diet. I promise if you are attentive to these areas, the radiant, glowy skin, hair, nails, etc will take care of itself as these things are natural byproducts of good health habits. Stress is likely on the horizon so a deliberate and focused regimen of exercise and diet will prove to be of great benefit to you.

A few pointers:

Your eyes always express your joy and happiness, especially on your wedding day. Because photography is an integral part of the day, its important that your eye makeup accentuates rather than dominates your eyes.

Don’t forget your other skin. A flawless face is great but a soft, smooth all over body speaks for itself. Who wants dry, bumpy, rough, hairy body skin — not you or your partner.

Pictures should transcend time; no dated fad looks. Go for a timeless look, a look that most accentuates your natural beauty. This will ensure that you will look like your most beautiful you. Stay away from extremes of any kind. Balance and softness is key.

If you are DIY, practice and take photos of the finished look. If hiring a professional, a consultation/trial run should be done for makeup and hair. No surprises on the wedding day, and who needs the stress of not knowing their final look?

Please, please do not forget your teeth! Yellowed stained teeth totally detract from any beauty you create. There is nothing like a beautiful smile that flashes beautiful pearly whites.

Your wedding date has given you a deadline and forces you into action — tick tock, tick tock—let’s get planning.

What a beautiful bride!

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Marion Edwards is a Licensed Esthetician, Professional Makeup Artist and Certified Trainer for Motives Cosmetics. She can be contacted at 828.773.1500.

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