Getting and staying healthy for your wedding has to start long before the big day. Germs and bacteria build up and don’t stay hidden just because you want to look your best!
To keep those microorganisms in check, focusing on things like your diet and nutrition early is crucial. That way, you can let your natural beauty shine through without those last-second flare-ups!
We get it. You already have a lot on your plate before wedding. Combing through endless health and beauty to-do lists can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
We’ve put together this essential checklist for your health to guide you through jumpstarting your immune system so you can look your best on the most important day of your life.
6 Months and Up: Plenty of Time
You’re starting your health goals with no time crunch, which is a great way to relieve the pressure of rushing! But it’s also easier to put off working toward them and procrastinate. You’re not doing that, so you’re going to rock your health and fitness.
Whether you want to lose weight or tone up, there is no better time to get moving! Your fitness plan should include exercise for the best results. However, what you include in your day depends on your goals.
For example, if you want to lose weight, the ‘healthy’ guidelines suggest aiming for 1-2 pounds per week. Losing ten pounds at a goal of one pound per week means cutting back a little on your calories and getting some lightweight workouts in your schedule. At that rate, you’ll need almost three months of consistent activity to hit your weight target.
Some people prefer toning up rather than losing inches. If you’re unsure what to do to set and reach fitness goals, consider hiring a personal trainer or joining an aerobic exercise class. Any movement is better than none, and unless you want to push yourself hard a few weeks before your wedding, you should get started now.
3-6 Months and Counting
It’s time to start changing your diet and adding more nutrition. If you’re not an actively clean eater, there are plenty of preservatives and toxins clogging up your system.
It can take weeks to clear your digestive tract. In the meantime, your immune system is working overtime to keep you healthy, and you’re probably feeling sluggish.
Changing your eating habits isn’t always easy. Start by adding natural foods, like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables, into your diet. Try to skip sodas and other unhealthy beverages.
Keeping a diet on track long enough to help you with your beauty and health takes time. Start now, and you’ll feel cleaner and healthier with plenty of energy left to tackle the last-minute details.
3 Month Countdown
The three-month mark is the cutoff between “plenty of time” and “holy cow, I’m getting married soon!”
This is your chance to experiment with possible makeup and hair options. Schedule a practice run with your stylist and makeup artist, or book consultations if you haven’t chosen anyone yet. Wedding appointments book fast.
No, it’s not too early to schedule a trial run. If you fall in love with the look, that’s great! You’re done, and you can cross that part off your list. But if you aren’t thrilled, or you have a reaction to the makeup, you’ll need time to come up with a replacement idea and another practice run.
Thinking about getting tan? Whether you opt for the sun’s rays, a bed, or a spray tan, this is the time to start. Tanning can cause burns and splotches. Sprays can be too dark or light. Look into your options and learn how to keep the perfect shade through the next few months.
Bridesmaids tanning with you? If you used a reputable company like Bella Bridesmaids, check with the experts first to see how to keep skin tones matching the dress color you chose.
1 Month: The Finish Line
Stick to those healthy nutrition and exercise habits. You’ve made it this far; you can do it! If you’ve slipped up, it’s okay. You have a few weeks to get the toxins out of your system. Drink plenty of water to help flush them out, avoid breakouts, and keep yourself hydrated. Bonus: This plumps your skin cells for a rosy, dewy glow.
Decide on your nails and any details you haven’t finalized yet, such as accessories and undergarments. Grab a teeth whitening kit or make an appointment for professional whitening with your dentist. (And back off the coffee, tea, soda, and wine, so those pearly whites stay that way until after the wedding.)
If you do want to cut or color your hair, keep the changes subtle. You won’t have enough time to get rid of bold colors or grow your hair back if you hate the new look.
Get a facial and wax at least a week or two before the big day in case the irritation causes breakouts. Book a Swedish massage with hot stone treatments and a mani-pedi to help you relax.
Feeling stressed? Meditate. You’re down to the final couple of days. Anything that isn’t done by now can be delegated out, and you can focus on ways to feel peaceful.
You’re at the finish line. As long as you don’t sabotage all the progress you’ve made so far with a stress-eating binge, you’ll be healthier and more beautiful than you’ve ever been in your life. You earned this day!