Planning your wedding is a busy season filled with meetings, crafting, and organizing every little detail—all in the hopes of creating your perfect day. Planning your wedding is also, frankly, a little exhausting, which is why it’s important to treat yourself in the days and weeks leading up to your big day. Your wedding will be one of the most photographed days of your adult life, so it’s understandable that you want to look absolutely fabulous and fresh for all the snapshots. But with pampering and beauty treatments, it can be hard to know where to start—and what splurges are actually worth the money. Here are eight of the best, absolutely-worth-it beauty treatments to indulge in before your wedding—and advice on when to schedule these beauty splurges.
1. A Fancy Facial
It’s easy to get stressed before your wedding, and it can wreak some havoc on your skin. Calm yourself (and your skin) with a fancy facial to get your skin glowing.
When to get this service done: Get a facial done at least two weeks before your wedding, just in case you happen to have a bad reaction to any skin treatments.
2. Hair Removal
Is there anything more annoying than shaving your legs? If you’re the type of person who likes to be clean shaven, give yourself a break before your wedding and schedule a wax for your legs, underarms, and your bikini area.
When to get this service done: If you’ve gotten waxed before (or you get it done routinely), you should schedule this two days before your wedding. If you’ve never waxed before, schedule this at least 10 days before your wedding just in case you have a reaction to the waxing.
3. Freshening up Your Color
If it’s been awhile since you’ve turned any attention to your hair, you definitely want to get that freshened up before you walk down the aisle. Whether you plan to don an updo or wear your hair in all its natural state, pay a visit to your stylist and get a color treatment or highlights to cover up any grays, remove any brassiness, or add some texture and glow to your hair color.
When to get this service done: If you’re trying something new with your hair, you should get it done as early as you can to make sure that it’s something you want to stick with—about three to four months ahead of the wedding. Doing the same old thing? Get your hair done about two to three weeks before your wedding so it looks fresh.
4. Professional Air Brush Tan
Want to get that freshly tanned “I’ve been at the beach” glow when you’ve been doing nothing but staying inside and doing wedding crafts? Try a professional air brush tan to get a nice healthy glow on your big day.
When to get this service done: Do a test run of your professional air brush tan about a month before your wedding so you can get the color exactly right, and then repeat the spray tan 48 hours before your wedding day so you can give the color a chance to even out.
Lately it seems like everything is all about the eyebrows, and microblading (a process where you get a semi-permanent tattoo to darken and fill in your eyebrows) is all the rage. If your eyebrows could use a little shaping up before your wedding, you may want to consider scheduling this service.
When to get this service done: Because microblading is essentially a tattoo, you want to give your skin plenty of time to heal. If this is your first experience with microblading, be sure to try it out at least three or four months before your wedding to make sure you like the look. If you’ve microbladed before and love it, schedule at least eight weeks out from your wedding.
6. Teeth Whitening
You’ll be smiling the whole day during your wedding, so you’ll want to make sure that your pearly whites are looking as white as they can. Scheduling a professional teeth whitening will make you feel more confident for your photos and make your perfect smile even that much more beautiful.
When to get this service done: Schedule your professional teeth whitening session with your dentist at least a couple of weeks before your wedding.
7. A Mani/Pedi
Whether you plan to get your existing nails filled in or you just want to throw a splash of color onto your hands and feet, a mani/pedi is a great way to relax and unwind before the big day. This is definitely one step you don’t want to forget—your photographer will likely want to take a close-up shot of your hands with your shiny new ring on it!
When to get this service done: Grab your bridesmaids and your mom the day before the wedding to get a pampering mani/pedi at your favorite salon.