Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day, especially when the photographer starts snapping pictures. If you want to ensure that you are glowing on your big day, you should start a few months in advance. Here are some tips for looking great for your wedding.

2-3 Months in Advance

If you want to lose a few pounds before your big day, now is the time to start. Increase your exercise regimen to include a 15 to 30 minute brisk walk each day, and start eating lighter. Avoid sugary and fatty foods and snack more on vegetables and fruits. You can also burn more calories by making your day a little bit harder. For instance, take the stairs rather than the elevator, swim for an hour each day and park further out in the parking lot when you go shopping.

Woman Exercising

1 Month in Advance

You’re probably considering a spray tan or several afternoons in the tanning bed to give you a healthy glow before the big day. If you’re going to start tanning, you’ll want to start now, and visit the tanning bed 1 to 2 times a week. If you’re going to get a spray tan, try one now so you know it’s not going to be too orange or streaky for your wedding day. If you want a brighter smile, now is a great time to consider having your teeth whitened or using an at home whitening kit.

Woman getting a Spray Tan
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1 Week in Advance

Now is when you should get your final spray tan. You never want to get it the day before, just in case the tan doesn’t work out well. Getting it now gives you a week for it to fade slightly. If you’re considering having a haircut, now is the best time to get it. Again, doing this the day before could create panic if the haircut doesn’t turn out how you planned.

Wedding Day Haircut
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2 Days in Advance

Exfoliate your skin thoroughly now, so it has time to heal and any reddening can fade before the big day. You’ll want to do your manis and pedis now, too, so your fingers and toes look great (especially if you’re wearing open toe shoes). Now is also a great time for waxing to make sure your skin is smooth, silky and hair-free.

French Style Mani Pedi
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If you follow these tips, you’ll have the day before to relax before getting make-up and hair done the morning of your wedding, and you’ll look fantastic for your groom and your wedding pictures.

All brides want to look absolutely stunning on their wedding day. While you’re choosing the perfect dress and making sure your skin has that warm golden glow, you may want to pay special attention to your face. This pre-wedding facial DIY is the perfect way to ensure that your skin is magnificent for your big day.

DIY At Home Egg White Facial
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One Week Before

Start with the facial one week before. First, create an exfoliating scrub using honey, cinnamon and sugar. A teaspoon of each will work. Take a hot shower to open your pores, and then apply the scrub in gentle circles. Allow it to stay on your face for 15 minutes, absorbing the oil and dirt deep in your pores. Then, rinse it off with warm water. When the scrub is completely rinsed, splash your face with cold water to close the pores.

Now you want to use a little olive oil or shea butter to moisturize your face. It only takes a little, and you’ll notice that at first your skin feels greasy but within 15 minutes, it’s quickly absorbed, leaving your face supple and soft.

DIY Facial
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Each Day Leading Up to the Wedding

Once you’ve performed the exfoliation, you will simply need to perform daily maintenance and make sure the rest of your pores are perfectly clean. Do this by applying honey and cinnamon (no sugar) to your face as a mask. Leave it there for fifteen minutes and then rinse it off, giving your face a splash of cool water to close the pores. Finish off by using a little olive oil or shea butter.

When you follow this routine, your skill will look outstanding on the day of your wedding – clean pores, glowing skin.

If you’re planning a fall wedding and want the perfect new perfume for the occasion, you’ve come to the right place. The following 5 scents are perfect for a fall wedding and are sure to impress your future hubby!

Peace, Love & Juicy

This fragrance from Juicy Couture starts out feeling like a summer scent, with linden blossom, hyacinth and honeysuckle. However, it’s the poppy and apple notes that come through that really make this scent perfect for fall.

Juicy Couture Perfume

Halston Woman Amber

Halston Woman Amber is a fragrance that is deep and subtle, but gorgeous. It combines amber, tuberose, sandalwood and musk. Overall, it’s a really warm, cuddly fall scent that is unforgettable.

Halston Woman Amber
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Donna Karan Cashmere Mist

This light and warm fragrance is very reminiscent of a fall day; jasmine and orange give it a sharp, fruity smell while lily of the valley and musk tone it down to just the right note of beautiful. It works well for every season and bride!

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
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Bulgari Jasmin Noir L’Essence

This scent has just the right amount of sweet and spice. Featuring pink peppercorn, bergamot, jasmine, almond and myrrh, the result of this combination is purely divine. It’s warm and woodsy, and subtle but lasting.

Bulgari Jasmin Noir L’Essence
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Givenchy Dahlia Noir

Another warm scent, this one features tonka bean, sandalwood, patchouli and a combination of floral scents that make it pretty and feminine.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir
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Each of these 5 scents is beautiful and perfect for a fall wedding. Check out samples or visit your local boutique store and see which one is perfect for you.

One mistake many brides make is letting someone else do their makeup for their big day. Sure, many times the look comes out beautifully, but many times, it doesn’t and there may not be time for a re-do on the day of your wedding. Remember, you’ve done your makeup thousands of times and you know your face best. Practice your makeup look before the wedding so you’re confident in how to create the look you want. Here is how to create the smoky-eye makeup look for your wedding.

Smokey Eye
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Step 1:

Line the eyes first with a dark liner. Use charcoal or dark brown for the best look. Do not line the top lid; only the bottom.

Step 2:

Using a gray shadow, cover your lid from the lash line to the center of the lid (the crease where the lid opens). This gray can also be placed in the corner of your eye nearest your nose, and lined across the bottom lash line about 1/3 of the way across.

Step 3:

Using the black shadow, apply it to the crease of your eye (where the lid opens), all the way across the lid. It may look sloppy at first, but that’s where the blending comes in a little later. Make sure the shadow is nice and dark. Also, use the shadow to line your bottom lid from the outer corner all the way across to the gray you’ve already placed there.

Step 4:

Using a white or shimmering light color, highlight your brow bone. Simply apply the shadow directly under your eyebrows, and pull it down to where the black shadow stops. Now you will use your fingertips to lightly blend the black and the highlighter color.

Step 5:

Apply your mascara carefully to both the bottom and top lashes.

Smokey Eye
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Voila – beautifully smoky eyes that look fantastic for an after dark or dusk wedding. You can also substitute brown and dark brown for the gray and black or experiment with different colors to find something you love.

If you’re struggling to determine how your hair should be styled for your wedding day, here are 7 fantastic styles that will provide some much-needed inspiration!

1. The Romantic Side Bun

This soft style is elegant and simple to create. It looks fantastic with floral accents or even vintage hair combs. The best thing about this look is that it works perfectly for every dress style.

Wedding Hairstyle - Side Bun
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2. The Classic Chignon

Another very romantic style, the classic chignon is a great choice for your wedding day. It’s pretty twist works well with headbands, veils and fascinators and all dress styles.

Wedding Hairstyle - Chignon
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3. The Messy Low Bun

This is a beautiful, messy look that is flirty and fun. It’s actually achieved by braiding the hair in a fishtail braid style before pulling the braid to make it loose. It’s then rolled and pinned low for this messy bun look. It’s super pretty and works well for most brides.

Wedding Hairstyle - Low Bun
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4. Half-Up with Soft Waves

This pretty hairstyle is created by curling the hair, and then taking small sections of the front and bringing it back before pinning it. When the hair is pulled back in an alternating style (right side, left side, right side etc.) it creates a charming look.

Wedding Hairstyle - Half Up

5. Braid Headband

This sweet look is done by separating a section of the hair in the lower back part of the head and braiding, and then stretching it up and around the head like a headband. The rest of the hair is then either left down or pinned in a low bun for a romantic look.

Wedding Hairstyles - Braid Headband
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6. Fun Updo with Flowers

This is an easy-to-create updo, and is done by parting the hair up front and then pulling the hair into a high ponytail. The ends are flipped over and pinned to the base of the ponytail, creating arcs. Flowers are then pinned into the hair.

Wedding Hairstyles - Flowers

7. Polished Updo

This polished up do is a more refined version of the “fun updo with flowers.” The hair is parted and then pulled into 1-2 ponytails in the back. The hair is curled, pinned and sprayed. This works very well with tiaras and veils.

Wedding Hairstyles - Sleek Updo

These fun ideas should give you some inspiration for your own wedding hair, and it should be easy to find one that looks fantastic on you!

Wedding hair is something that most brides spend months thinking about, and then typically spend up to a hundred dollars bringing to life. Here’s one simple hairstyle that is sleek, sophisticated but super easy to do, and it will cost you nothing.

High Twisted Chignon
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Step 1:

Tease out your hair gently to give it lots of volume. Then, pull it back smoothly into a loose but high pony tail.

Step 2:

Pull the end of the pony tail up toward the front of your head at a 45-degree angle, and begin rolling the end down toward the crown of your head. Spiral the hair so that it’s winding up into a ball.

Step 3:

Use plain or bejeweled bobby pins to pin the hair down to the crown of your head so you have a high chignon-style look. Use as many pins as necessary to hold the look in place; it has to last throughout the ceremony and the reception. Then, use your fingers to pull the “roll” out and apart a little bit.

Step 4:

Spray the hair like crazy with super hold hairspray. Then, you’ll want to place the tiara on your head, or if you won’t be using a tiara, you can utilize crystal hair combs or flower pins to make the look a little more formal.

High Twisted Chignon
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Give the hair a final spray and there you have it – one of the most beautiful wedding looks and you’re able to do it completely by yourself. It’s charming, simple, sleek and a beautiful look for a wedding.

Your wedding day makeup style and colors will depend upon your theme, the dress you’re wearing and even your hair. Check out these 5 beautiful wedding day makeup ideas that look great on everyone!

Soft and Natural

This is perfect for a wedding in the middle of the day and combines subtle tones that highlight your natural beauty without making you look “over done.” To accomplish this look, simply use your regular base and powder, then choose soft tones for the eyelid and cheeks. Apply a small amount of mascara but no eyeliner.

Natural Makeup
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Dramatic

For this dramatic look, simply create “wings” with a liquid eyeliner after applying a light shadow. Continue from the wings across the eyelid directly above the lashes. Apply mascara and choose a bold red lipstick color. This is a beautiful look for an evening wedding and great for dramatic themed weddings.

Bold Makeup
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Smoky Eyes

This look is wonderful for dark eyes and has a dramatic feel without being over the top. Simply put on a subtle and pretty shadow color like warm pink or brown. Then, line your eye with liner and use a black shadow right behind the eyeliner. Smudge slightly and use a warm blush and lip gloss to finish the look.

Smokey Eye Makeup
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Vintage

This look is beautiful and has a vintage, classic feel. Simply apply a light colored shadow and then line the top of the eye with a tiny wing. Use a white liner on the bottom of the eye and apply gloss or a light lip tint.

Vintage Makeup
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Flirty Makeup

Get this pretty and fresh look by applying a feminine color to the eyes (think pinks and purples) and then highlighting with a shimmery white (at the brow bone and the inside corners of the eye). Then, use a pretty, girlish pink blush and lipstick. The overall look is charming and perfect for any girl.

Flirty Makeup

Use these ideas as inspiration for your own wedding makeup, while making sure it matches your theme, hair and dress!

What do you do when a good bridal look goes bad at the last minute? Don’t panic! Check out these tips for fixing your bridal ensemble on the fly.

For whatever reason, sometimes good bridal looks go bad at the last minute. This means lots of stress for the bride-to-be, especially when the entire ensemble has already been put together and all of the investments made. Things happen, and at the drop of a hat, the look you’ve planned for eight months can suddenly turn into a look you don’t feel comfortable sporting down the aisle.

When Good Bridal Looks Go Bad

Maybe the accessories are all wrong, or the dress alterations have made your dress look like an entirely different gown. Maybe it’s a month before the big day and you’ve just completely changed your mind. Whatever the case, sometimes good bridal looks go bad, and you need to have some fixes on hand to handle this kind of wardrobe emergency.

If your bridal look has gone bad and you’re not sure what to do, use the following tips:

Make a boutique pit stop—Talk to your seamstress, wedding coordinator, and local gown shop to see if anything can be done to remedy your style problems. Accessories might be able to be fixed or replaced, and you just might find a gown in-store alternative at the last minute.

When Good Bridal Looks Go Bad
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Let it go—If an accessory is broken or your hairstyle just isn’t cutting it and you’re short on time, consider letting it go. Ask yourself whether the problem really contributes to the look of your gown or if it takes away from it at all. If it’s more of a hassle to fix than it’s worth, know when to cut your losses.

When Good Bridal Looks Go Bad

When Good Bridal Looks Go Bad
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Improvise—If you didn’t realize you’d hate your hairstyle until the week of the wedding or you found your shoes to be painful and an eyesore for your dress, work with what you’ve got. Don’t stress yourself out over something you cannot remedy at the last minute. Once your hair is done, have a friend help you reshape it and put it up into a different style. Readjust your veil or tiara to change up the look. Grab some extra padding for your shoes or find an alternative pair with a similar heel height. When bridal looks go bad, be realistic by improvising and seeking out style alternatives.

When Good Bridal Looks Go Bad
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Not every wedding accessory works for every bride. In fact, some brides should avoid certain wedding accessories like the plague—at any cost! Here are some tips to help you avoid wedding accessories that will hinder, not help, your wedding day ensemble.

As nice as it would be, some wedding accessories do not fit all. From necklaces and tiaras to veils and handbags, wedding accessories have the power to alter the entire look of a wedding day ensemble, but that transformation can be a real eyesore if you’re not careful.

Wedding Accessories to Avoid Like the Plague

Every bride wants to look and feel her very best on her big day, which is why the following wedding accessories should be avoided like the plague:

Oversized, gaudy jewelry pieces—There are certain jewelry accessory trends that involve large, ornate, chunky necklaces or bracelets. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these trends, unfortunately they do not work with every gown style or bridal look. If you are wearing an elaborate, formal wedding gown, wearing equally elaborate jewelry accessories can overpower your look and make your gown appear too busy. Keep things balanced and in proportion by easing up on the weight of the accessories if your gown style is already very busy. If you’re wearing a very simple, elegant gown, you have more leeway to wear busier jewelry pieces.

Wedding Accessories to Avoid Like the Plague
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Overpowering tiaras—Not every bride chooses to wear a tiara headpiece, but if you have your heart set on one, just be sure it does not overpower your hairstyle and other accessories. Tiaras should be avoided if your hairstyle is very modern or relaxed, and they should definitely be avoided if you are wearing a very informal gown style or are already wearing a lot of jewelry accessories.

Wedding Accessories to Avoid Like the Plague
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Clashing styles—There is nothing wrong with wearing mismatched wedding accessories. In fact, playing with different styles is very trendy and can inspire fabulous looks. However, styles that severely clash, such as an old-fashioned pearl necklace and modern, abstract diamond earrings, can throw your bridal look off. Consult with your bridal salon to select the best wedding accessories and avoid these clashing wedding accessories like the plague!

Wedding Accessories to Avoid Like the Plague

You read all about them in bridal magazines and hear all about them from your hairstyle and makeup artist, but some wedding day beauty secrets are more essential than others when it comes to looking your best on your big day. Use these top three wedding day beauty secrets to look and feel great when you walk down the aisle.

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her big day, and the following wedding day beauty secrets are some of the top tips for achieving that goal! Here are three wedding day beauty secrets every bride needs to know:

1. A beauty kit can work miracles. Whatever you do, do not attempt to completely redo your entire look on your wedding day, even if you’re not crazy about the way your hair turned out or how your makeup is holding up. Touch-ups are perfectly fine, but redoing your entire look can actually cause you to end up with a look that was worse than the one to begin with if you’re not careful! This is where a beauty kit really comes in handy. Make sure you prepare ahead of time by packing the following items:

  Tissues

  Bobby pins

  Concealer

  Dental floss

  Deodorant

  Hair brush

  Hair spray

  Lip gloss

  Mascara

  Nail polish

2. Don’t neglect your sleep. Getting enough sleep the night before the wedding might not seem like a big deal, but it’s one of the most underestimated wedding day beauty secrets every bride needs to know. A proper night’s sleep has the power to impact how you look and feel on your wedding day immensely.

3. Opt for a bronze. Gradual self-tanner products and tanning salons can help you work toward a natural, sun-kissed glow for your big day. Even if you have a fair skin tone, there are certain bronzes that can help give you a little healthy color, which will go a long way in making your skin look fresh and lively. This is a wedding day beauty secrets every bride should know before she walks down the aisle.