A few years ago, another bride asked if I could only change one thing about my wedding, what that would be. I was surprised by the first thing that came immediately to mind. I did not even have to think about it and I am almost embarrassed to admit it. Vanity coming with age?
I did my own hair and makeup for my wedding and I doubt I did a thing with my fingernails. Maybe a quick file and some clear polish? I can easily tell you what I did with my feet. Stuffed them into pretty shoes. These days, I would spring for total pampering the day of my wedding. Massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, professional hair and makeup. The works!
I was so focused on everyone else, I forgot to take care of myself. In retrospect, this would have been a much better investment than the trips to the tanning salon in the weeks leading up to the wedding to prepare for our honeymoon cruise. Not to mention foundation, nail polish and hair spray are probably slightly less carcinogenic than a tanning booth.
I realize it is not in everyone's budget, nor is such pampering high on every bride's priority list. Just give it some thought if you are even remotely tempted. The professional products do tend to last longer and if we can be honest with ourselves, not many of us are experts at selecting the best colors and applying them properly. Oh we do well enough for daily use, but we are not quite at the level of preparing for a photo shoot. And guess what your wedding portraits are -- essentially a professional photo shoot!
Perhaps most importantly, if you have the right hair stylist and makeup artist, they will relax you while they work their magic. What bride couldn't use a little more relaxation on what is likely to be at least a somewhat stressful day?
Photo Attribute: Lisa Marshall Photography