Planning a destination is awesome, but how should you prepare for an amazing day and be a beautiful, radiant blushing bride rather than looking stressed out and exhausted? Look no further, we have the ultimate guide to preparing for a destination wedding to making sure you look every bit as radiant as you should on your big day!
We all know destination weddings will require more prep work in terms of your hair, skin, and body routine. Away from home, you’ll want to make sure all your ducks are in a row before jetting off to unfamiliar territory. You don’t want to take any big risks with your wedding coming up, so keep reading for some preparation ideas and a recommended timeline to ensure a beautiful day.
1. Throughout The Planning Process - Managing Stress
Wedding planning can be stressful. A good night of sleep is called beauty rest for a reason. But when you’re putting the finishing touches on your event, those restful nights can be few and far between, especially with everything else you have going on. It’s important to make some time to unwind, even if it’s just an hour at the spa.
If you’re feeling stressed, try a relaxing hot stone massage. Depending on where you live, there are spas in every price range in big cities. Even a quick trip to a budget or mid price spa can do wonders for your stress levels. You’ll have your eyes closed anyway.
2. One Month Out - Preparing Your Skin
A few days before heading off to your dream wedding destination is a good time to book a facial. Skip any controversial procedures (the Kim Kardashian blood facial should NOT be on your to-do list right before your big day!). Instead, stick with classic facial treatments at reputable spas. If your skin isn’t exactly tip-top shape, book a series of facials — one each week leading up to your event. A great facial will rejuvenate skin and clear congested pores, revealing healthy, vibrant skin that glows. Choose a hydra facial if you suffer from dry skin and redness. The surge of moisture will make skin look refreshed and plump. Perfect for your wedding day!
If you’re considering cosmeceutical treatments like Botox or fillers, do your research and stick with a doctor rather than a med-spa. We recommend booking these procedures a month before your departure date. That gives enough time (usually 1-2 weeks) for results to start showing, and also allows a cushion just in case you need to see the doctor again to make any fine-tune adjustments.
If it’s your first time and you don’t feel it’s absolutely necessary to get Botox or similar treatments, don’t feel pressured to get it done just because everyone else is doing it. No sense taking a beauty risk before your destination wedding unless you feel you really need to. Plus, a skilled photo retoucher can easily erase minor fine lines in your wedding photos.
3. 3 Weeks From The Big Day - Preparing Your Hair
When it comes to a destination wedding, you may have visions of romantic beach waves or gorgeous braided updos. But if you’re considering a change of hair colour, now is not the time for a drastic change. Book any hair colour appointments three weeks or so before takeoff just in case you need the colour toned or fixed in case things go wrong. Find a local stylist on Instagram with before and after photos. Social media is an incredible resource for scouting out great hair colourists in your area.
Remember, no matter whether you colour your hair or what hairstyle you choose, the best base for amazing hair is for it to be nourished, healthy and any damage repaired. Treat your tresses to a salon quality treatment from your own home with our specially formulated range of hair mask caps - don't forget they're perfect for travel and will take up next to no room in your suitcase to keep your hair nourished while you're on vacay.
4. 1 Week Before Departure - Smooth Skin
Moving on to waxing: Schedule any face or body waxed 1 to 1-1/2 weeks before your flight departs. In case of a waxing accident or irritation, this should be just enough time to recover. Try threading for facial hair if waxing is too risky for your sensitive skin, and be sure to use rubbing alcohol before and after to disinfect and prevent blemishes.
5. 2 Days Before Departure - Fake It Don't Bake It
If you're heading off to a sunny or exotic wedding destination, bronzed skin will get you vacay ready. Instead of heading to a tanning salon, the trend in 2018 is moving toward a natural glow and safer alternatives. For a deep base colour, book a spray tan with an airbrush technician. They can ensure a more even tan with customised colour that’s better than a spray tan machine. For a subtle glow, Jergens gradual tan is a popular option. We hear it can cause facial breakouts though, so opt for something like Clarins Radiance Glow Booster for Face. Simply mix a few drops with your favourite face lotion for a natural, healthy-looking skin tone without worrying about sun damage.
6. At Least 2 Days Before Departure - Packing For the Vacay!
Finally, let’s not forget about fashion! A destination wedding has so many opportunities to add some fun and flirty outfits into the mix. A great way to pare down your luggage is to coordinate outfits in advance. Think ahead to what events and activities you plan to do, and pack multipurpose items like a nude mid-heel sandal that works for day and night. Try on outfits and snap a photo of your favourites. This makes packing so much less stressful. And don’t forget to pack your SPF!
This is the biggest day of your life, so take time to enjoy it and most importantly congratulations and bon voyage!