Planning Your Bridal Beauty Routine

It can be overwhelming and I often see the bridal beauty routine being left as a last-minute consideration. When you are planning your wedding there are so many moving parts to come together and it is often the first huge event you have organized in your life. 

Girl, you are the star of the show!

When to schedule your bridal beauty appointments for your wedding

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When you are planning your wedding and upcoming honeymoon trip you have to be organized with all your beauty treatments.

First book your honeymoon!

That way I know if you are headed for the beach with your bikini or to Iceland and a fur-lined parka. Because we have to plan those tan lines accordingly!

I always recommend Airbnb to my clients.  It’s my Go-To for my getaways.

There are really great places to rent all over the world and the renter and homeowner are both checked so you can feel comfortable renting through the service.

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Now that you have your plans in place lets get you all bronzed up and ready to leave on your trip.

Bridal Beauty Routine

Now we need to plan out what wedding makeup and beauty services you want for your wedding day.

Here are all the beauty options:

  • Personal Trainer or Gym Membership
  • Health Coach/Clean Eating Program
  • Hair Stylist/Cut/Color/Updo
  • Makeup Artist
  • Customized Skin Care Routine
  • Spray Tan Artist
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Aesthetician Facial/Waxing
  • Dermatologist
  • Lash Expert
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nail Technician

So now that you know what the options are, now you need to know which ones you are interested in, who are the bridal experts in your area and how far in advance to book them.

How Far In Advance Should You Book Your Wedding Beauty Professionals

This is a hotly discussed topic amongst bridal beauty service providers. Unfortunately, many of the BIG wedding planning websites recommend as little as 3-4 months from your wedding date for booking.

This could NOT be more wrong!!!

Did you know that we are booking in some cases over a year out?

Especially if you are trying to assemble the top beauty team in your area.

I have a hard time getting into my regular hair stylist unless I prebook my appointments. There is NO WAY that I will be getting in for a wedding cut/color and “day of” up-do if I call her 3 months out to book.

If your wedding is in the spring or fall timeline which is THE wedding busy season please also know that Spring Break, Prom, Charity Galas, and Homecoming are coinciding with this time of year as well.  All of these events are vacation or dress-up related and people are trying to get beautiful along with all of our brides.


To be able to get the perfect professional and the time that YOU want for your special day please please please book as far in advance as humanly possible.

I often teasingly tell my clients who have just gotten engaged to book their wedding venue to get their date and then book their spray tan next. LOL

Choosing The Best Wedding Beauty Professionals

There are going to be professional hair, makeup, and spray tan artists that specialize in a bridal beauty routine. As well as all of the other services that I listed above there are always the “go-to” people in each city or town that are amazing at what they do and have perfected their artistry or service.

This is your wedding. It will be heavily photographed with YOU as the star of the show.

Do a little research to find out who the BEST are in your area for each beauty or personal service category that you are interested in participating in creating your wedding look.

Just know that often the BEST OF THE BEST fly under the radar because we receive most of our customers by personal referral from other wedding professionals so you may not see our advertising in the wedding guides or at the big wedding vendor shows because we don’t need to.

You will have to ask around to find us.

Now let’s get on to organizing your appointments!!

Pre-Wedding Beauty Plan

When getting yourself ready for your wedding and honeymoon there is a special order to the bridal beauty routine that need to happen.

One thing to consider is that for your spray tan and makeup application your skin needs to be in the best shape it can be in.  Starting early with the proper skin care products and facial routine is going to make a HUGE difference in how your skin looks when you get to the big day.  Get with your skin care professional early and find the right products for you and your body so that you have a customized product line that works for you. 

Spray Tan Before The Wedding

And because spray tans are what I do I need you to know that your spray tan is LAST!!

Think of your tan as the icing on the cake, the absolute last stop on the train to wedded beauty bliss.

The reason everything else needs to happen BEFORE your spray tan is so that the other treatments don’t remove or fade out your tan after I apply it.

This ensures that your pretty tan stays just as you want it, on your skin for your wedding and honeymoon. Check out my post on when to schedule your mani/pedi for more details on not ruining your airbrush tan.

Speaking of ruining your bridal spray tan let’s talk about washing your face AFTER I spray you for your wedding.

How To Wash Your Face After A Spray Tan

Washing your face after your spray tan needs to be done gently. Especially if this is your wedding spray tan.

Please don’t use harsh products.

Don’t use acne washes or spot treatments on your sunless tan.

Please don’t scrub your face with facial wipes that contain exfoliators and chemicals.

DO USE a mild cream cleanser that is for sensitive skin to wash your face with GENTLY.

This ensures that your airbrush spray tan on your face has made it to the wedding day intact and that your makeup artist isn’t having to repair the damage before she starts applying your makeup.

Let’s break this beauty timeline down into manageable chunks so all your appointments are made in the right order and early enough in the game that you get the A-Team for your wedding day.

Pre-Wedding Beauty Checklist

He popped the question, you said YES and now you are planning your wedding!

Step one choose and book your wedding venue so you have a confirmed date. All your future bookings for wedding-related professionals hinge on this date and if they have it available for you to put them on your list for consideration.

You may call and find that your top beauty professional is already booked and you have to move on to the next person in line on your list that is available.

PRO TIP: it’s ALWAYS ok to ask if a vendor is available even if you don’t have the recommended lead time.  You never know when another bride may have to cancel creating an opening and some professionals run on a cancellation list.

Bridal Beauty Routine

9-12 Months

  • Join a Gym or Hire Personal Trainer
  • Sign Up For A Clean Eating Plan or Hire Health Coach
  • Research Bridal Beauty Professionals In Your Area
  • Check Their Availability
  • Book Spray Tan, Hair & Makeup Trials

6-8 Months

  • Choose a Bridal Beauty Team, Sign Contracts, And Pay Deposits To Hold Your Spot
  • Visit Your Dermatologist For Any Skin Concerns
  • Start Your Customized Skin Care Routine
  • Manage Stress And Sign Up For A Yoga Class

4-5 Months

  • Have A Makeup Lesson For Up Coming Shower and Bachelorette Weekend
  • Schedule Brow Shaping and Tint (if needed)
  • Book A Massage

1-3 Months

  • Schedule Teeth Whitening Or Purchase Crest White Strips
  • Book Your Aestician For A Facial Series
  • Book Your Nail Appointment

1-4 Weeks

  • Have Your Hair Trimmed And Colored
  • Start Moisturizing Daily And Exfoliating 3X’s A Week To Prep For Your Upcoming Spray Tan
  • Have Any Waxing Done
  • Relax Get A Massage
  • Have Your Lashes Put On

2-3 Days

  • 3 Days Out Have Mani/Pedi Done
  • 2 Days Out Have Spray Tan Done
  • Get Extra Sleep
  • No Adult Beverages Or Salty Foods
  • Drink Extra Water

Day Before

  • Wash Bronzer Off Of Your Spray Tan
  • Wash Your Hair
  • Enjoy Your Rehearsal Dinner
  • Go To Bed Early

Day Of 

  • Eat Breakfast
  • Drink Water
  • Wear A Button Down Shirt For Your Hair And Makeup

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Honeymoon Beauty Essentials:

If you are leaving for your honeymoon directly after the wedding you need to have your bag packed with TSA-friendly beauty products that will protect your spray tan and keep that just married wedding glow. 

Here is my list of the Top 5 Best Sunscreens Safe For Your Spray Tan

Pro Tip: tell your spray tan artist what the cut of your swimsuit is so she doesn’t make funny tan lines that might show on the beach. 

Events To Spray Tan For:

Scheduling your bridal beauty appointments early in your wedding planning takes a TON of pressure off of you and ensures that you get the beauty vendor that you love as well as the time that you prefer!

Click here to find out how to book your spray tan appointment.

Time to get organized!

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