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You want to look your very best on your wedding day, and every bride has different standards and expectations for hair and makeup. Regardless of how much makeup you normally wear or how often you do your hair in a special day, you will almost certainly want to have your hair and makeup done for this special occasion. Whether you hire a professional stylist, do it yourself or have a friend do it for you, you’ll want to follow this essential beauty timeline to make sure everything is taken care of for your big day.
9 to 12 months before the wedding
Once you’ve figured out the general timeframe of your wedding, you must start creating an overall wedding budget. Decide how much you want to allocate to your beauty budget and be sure to include any pre-wedding treatments, such as facials, massages, mani pedis or hair appointments. Do you want to pay for hair and makeup for all your bridesmaids on your wedding day? Be sure to factor that in as well. Once you’ve decided on your budget and your bridesmaids, you can start contacting local salons for price lists and availability. Do you want to go somewhere the morning of your wedding, or do you want the stylists to come to you? Once you have these basic logistics sorted, you can start gathering ideas for hair and makeup styles for your big day.
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6 to 9 months before the wedding
Choose your favorite styles that you would consider for your wedding day. When choosing your bridal hairstyle, make sure you think about your wedding dress, theme and location to find a style that fits. You want to show off the beautiful details of your gown, and wearing your hair down might inhibit that. Schedule trial hair and makeup runs with any of your potential salons that you’ve already contacted for pricing and availability. If you’re planning on doing your own hair or makeup, or having a friend do it for you, you should still be conducting trial runs around this time to make sure you are able to achieve a style you like.
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4 to 6 months before the wedding
It’s time to schedule your hair and makeup appointments for your wedding day! Ideally the trial runs you did a few weeks ago will have pointed you in the right direction for the best hairstylist and makeup artist for your big day. If you are going to a salon beforehand, make sure you allocate yourself plenty of time for transportation to and from your wedding venue. If you’re planning on doing any facials or other skin treatments, now is the time to do test run to make sure you don’t have any bad reactions. If you have any concerns about your skin or teeth, visit a dermatologist and a dentist.
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1 month before the wedding
Did your dentist offer you any teeth whitening treatments? Now’s the time to either get that done professionally or start an at-home routine. We also suggest getting your hair trimmed so that your locks are beautiful and healthy for the wedding.
1 to 2 weeks before the wedding
Is your hair colored? Get your roots touched up. Schedule your mani pedis for the day before the wedding, and confirm all of your beauty appointments. When confirming your appointments, give them all the information they need to get to your venue: address, directions, phone numbers, your maid of honor’s contact information. If possible, prepay for services so that you don’t have to deal with it on the day of or after the wedding. If you’re used to waxes, get your brows and bikini line done. Warning: the week before your wedding day is not the time to try waxing for the very first time! It is, however, the right time to get your final facial or skin treatments done so that you’re simply glowing on your wedding day.
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1 to 2 days before the wedding
Get your nails done with your bridesmaids and be sure to have extra nail polish in your wedding day emergency kit for touchups. Wash your hair for the last time as a single lady – day-old hair holds curls and styles much better than freshly washed locks. If you have any tried and true at-home treatments you want to do, such as face masks, self tanner or leave-in conditioner, go ahead and pamper yourself now. You want to be as fresh as possible on your wedding day.
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The wedding day
Congratulations! You’ve made it to your wedding day! You want to take a shower with a secure shower cap around your hair to make sure it’s still easily style-able by the professionals. We suggest wearing a button down shirt during your appointments so that you can easily change into your wedding dress without ruining your perfectly done hair and makeup. Double check your emergency kit (or delegate a bridesmaid to do it for you) and get ready for your walk down the aisle!
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Having your hair and makeup done on your wedding day and pampering yourself and your bridesmaids beforehand is a fun experience that should also be relaxing. If you’ve followed this timeline to take care of all of your essentials, then the only accessory you’ll need is your smile!