Your wedding photos and film are one of the few things from your day that will be around long after your wedding day is over. Whether they are being displayed around your home, posted to social media or arranged in an album, they will be passed along throughout your family for generations. You want to be able to look back on that day knowing that you looked and felt your absolute best; not cringe and hide them from your family. Mentally and physically preparing yourself for your big day is just as important as picking out the perfect centerpieces.

We have come up with some tips that you should add into your wedding preparations to make sure that you look amazing in your photos and film. 


Healthy Diet

If you want to have beautiful footage from your wedding and feel good about yourself, a healthy diet is extremely important. Maintaining a healthy life-style helps to control your weight, improves your mood, boosts your energy, clears up your skin and prevents illnesses, which I can bet 100% of brides and grooms have listed as their pre-wedding goals. Track what you are putting into your body and ask if anyone in your bridal party wants to join you with your workouts. Keep a consistent schedule for your workouts and book your other obligations around that scheduled time. Also, meeting up with a friend will help to make sure that you actually show up, especially on those days when going to the gym is the last thing that you feel like doing.  If someone else is counting on you to be there, you won’t want to let them down. Also make sure you are staying hydrated; drinking water is not only crucial for hydration, but it also helps to clear up your skin. Studies have shown that people that consume more water throughout the day actually take in fewer calories. If you look good and you feel good, your pictures will come out like you’ve always dreamed they would.  


Spa Day

You are most likely spending an arm and a leg for your wedding flowers, so why not spend a little more and treat yourself to some pampering. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, in addition to the work stress and other real life issues you might be dealing with. Hitting the spa before your wedding is a great way to clear your mind, to relax and to eliminate body aches. Sweat your stress out in the sauna, get a facial to help you feel renewed and get a manicure/pedicure to look fresh – even the guys!


Catch Your ZZZs

About three weeks to a month before your wedding, it is suggested that you pick a sleeping schedule and stick with it – even on the weekends. Getting enough sleep is SO important. Make a schedule where you hit 7-8 hours per night. Your mind will probably be all over the place (thinking about your color scheme and if you chose the perfect favors) but you need to be able to beat the jitters and control your sleeping habits. Lack of sleep can cause you to get sick, be overly exhausted and form those not-so-cute black circles under your eyes.  You want to be able to feel good from the inside and not have to rely on coffee and ten pounds of foundation.


Hair/Makeup Trial

Most brides do this anyway, but if you don’t have this planned, I highly suggest you add it to your list. Even if you have been getting your hair done by the same person for years and you’re always on the same page with hairstyles, you don’t want to risk it for your wedding day.  Speak to your hairstylist/ makeup artist about what you envision your hair and makeup to look like.  Print out pictures if possible, so that they know exactly what you have in mind. Just because you have a picture, doesn’t mean the hairstyle or style of makeup you have chosen will necessarily look good on you, or come out exactly like the models. Don’t forget to bring any hair accessories you plan on wearing that day as well. Practice makes perfect.


Limited Tanning

UGH this is such a sensitive subject for me but we need to talk about it. I, myself, am guilty of over-tanning before proms, weddings and other major events. Let me be honest, I regret every second of it. Most brides feel the need to tan before their wedding so they don’t look pasty or get washed out by their white dress. Tanning is okay but keep it to a minimum. Definitely do not go tanning the day of your wedding or even the day before. Stop your tanning approximately five days before your wedding date to reduce redness or that unwanted orange glow. If you have never gone tanning in your life, do not start off with a spray tan – you will literally look like a Dorito. Start your tanning two months before your wedding and hit up a low level bed at first. If you want to spray tan, get a trial spray done a month in advance to see what you will look like and to find the perfect shade for you.  Get the spray about a week before the wedding, this way it will semi fade and won’t stain your dress.


Don’t Be Hung-over

The worst thing that I could imagine on the morning of a wedding is being hung-over. I’m sure you will have a drink or two at your rehearsal dinner but keep it at that. You want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. Hangovers cause so much harm to your body that is seriously so unnecessary for your wedding day. Hangovers create nausea, increased heart rate and anxiety levels (which you do NOT need more of the day you get married,) dehydration which causes your face to be puffy, stomachaches, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, increased sensitivity to light and sound, etc. Could you imagine being so hung-over that you are throwing up before your pictures and possibly popping a blood vessel? You just took care of your body and skin for several months preparing for this day - don’t blow it all by getting hammered the night before.


There is so much preparation that goes into putting together a wedding but you cannot forget to take care of yourself first. Your health and happiness is what’s most important and the main reason why you’re getting married in the first place! Put together a schedule for yourself including these tasks well before the wedding and it will be a lot easier than you think. Getting started before will lead you to keep the routine and continue to live a healthy lifestyle even after the wedding is over. 



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