Before Bride

I don’t know how many of you are using The Knot’s checklist to help you with planning, but one for those of you who are not I’ll tell you this: one of the items on the checklist is “start a beauty regimen.”

Even if it wasn’t on the list, fact of the matter is that there will be a lot of pictures taken on my wedding day and I want to look my best. So what does this mean for me?

First up: teeth.

Sparky and I both are red (and white) wine drinkers, and both of us drink at least a cup of coffee a day. My teeth are by no means bad or yellow, but since I plan to smile until my face hurts I want them to be pearly white. I scheduled a cleaning on the Thursday before the wedding, and the hygienist promised me at my last appointment that she’d clean them twice so that they’d sparkle.

I also wanted to whiten (since I never have) and assigned Sparky the task of researching and choosing white strips for both of us.

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We ended up going with the once-a-day-for-20-days strips and so far they’ve been great. We’ve had a little sensitivity (but not too bad, and really, that’s pretty normal for my teeth anyway), which led us to skip a day or two, but we’re happy with the results so far.

One of the other things I’ve been paying attention to is my skin. Now, I don’t have terrible skin, but it’s also not the greatest. I get a few pimples when I get stressed out (and during that time of the month), but blackheads are my bigger problem (and the residual redness left over after any blemishes heal). These wouldn’t be the biggest deal except I’m also a stress picker. I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time.

What I’m trying to do to improve my overall skin health is to drink a lot of water and also wash my face twice a day. (I know sleep and avoiding stress would also help, but that assumes you’re not finishing a master’s degree, working full time, and planning a wedding.)

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I really like the Clean Start line—it smells nice and is gentle on my skin. Sometimes I combine it with my Clarisonic Mia.

I used to take Herpanacine to help my skin, but I stopped taking it because I didn’t notice much of a difference and it made me REALLY nauseous. Some people swear by it, though, so it may work for you!

Some other things that I’m working on before I have my day as a bride are my arms. I know I’m not the only person who has concerns—but, really, my arms are fine. With that being said, I did buy a set of hand weights so that I could do some workouts to tone up. My promise to myself is that any time I start feeling anxious during August I will do a set with the weights.

The other thing I’ll do is pay attention to my hair: I’ll get a haircut mid-August (to trim the ends) and get my hair colored before the wedding. I wish I could say that the red is natural (it is the hair color that I should have been born with, I swear), but it’s not. My colorist and I have found a reddish-brown that looks really natural on me and is hardly noticeable when it grows out. Hardly noticeable isn’t what I’m shooting for, though, so it’ll be nicely colored hair for me.

So, what are you doing to get yourself ready for your bridal day?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    c.alisa, Guest @ 2:09 pm

    Cleanse, tone, and moisturize! Twice a day. I just started my routine as well, tough to get into but I’m starting to notice a difference already

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 2:30 pm

    I am on a similar beauty regimen. I recently got a cleaning and my dentist took molds of my teeth and gave me teeth whitener to put in them. I start that tonight. I rarely get zits, but this summer with all the sun I have been seeing (beach days) and the stress, I get lots of zits on my chin, so I have been moisturizing, cleaning my face twice a day and drinking lots of water. I have also been going to the salon more to get my hair colored and cut more often, but it is pricey on the pocketbook. The things we do for our wedding day! Mine is only 11 days away.

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    sugar_and_spice 168 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:50 pm

    Cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day! Also working to get those teeth whiter as I’m a Starbucks addict. Weekly intense conditioning treatments for the hair, with a major dye right before the big day (I’m a natural redhead, but my red isn’t as red as I’d like it to be, so…). Erm…lifting the weights, eating clean…basically all the things I probably should be doing every day and don’t but, since I’ll have a million pictures taken that day, have become top priority!

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    fridaythe13bride 291 posts, Helper bee @ 11:18 pm

    I’m in the middle of laser hair removal treatments for underarms and bikini. I’ve wanted to do it for awhile anyway, and the wedding is the best excuse I could find to spend about a thousand on it! Strapless gown plus strong Italian genes…. Fortunately I have barely any hair left at this point to scare my guests when I raise my arms! And the bikini area will come in handy in Barbados…. no yucky ingrowns.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 am

    Wow, you work full time, getting your masters, and planning a wedding. You are amazing!

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    Saramina329 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 am

    I bought whitening lightning with a whitening kit. Found it for a great deal. We were too busy to do the regimen for 4 weeks so we were just able to do one application and then I did whitening lightning the night before the wedding and my teeth were super white! it was awesome.
    For my face, I had to replace coffee with green tea. It took me a while to notice the correlation of drinking green tea and my skin totally not breaking out. I ran out of green tea and was just lazy not to buy it for 2 weeks and then I started to break out. Started to drink it again and it’s like magic…1 week later…clear. So now the only downfall is that I can’t stop drinking green tea but for beauty and health it’s really worth it.

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 6:13 am

    I didn’t do too much to alter myself before the wedding, but my list is pretty similar to yours. Teeth whitening (same strips and I wore them to bed), Jergens Daily Glow, a couple of tanning sessions (don’t tell!), highlights, and my usual gym routine. I wanted to look like me, only slightly better!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:17 pm

    I did the white strips and had disappointing results which as a bummer since I had done them before and noticed a HUGE difference. I think my it’s because my teeth were already super white and I wanted Hollywood white. Oh well…

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