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Remember the perfect bride you dreamed of being when you were a little girl? Well, you can look just like her… but not without preparation and planning. You’re making a major commitment to your wedding day – the venue, flowers, food, gown, photographer – so why not make a commitment to yourself?

If ever there was motivation for you to give special consideration to your health, hair and beauty, it’s your approaching wedding day. You will be the centre of attention – so get ready to shine. The lead-up to the big event is almost guaranteed to be stressful: a ‘To Do’ list that never ends, a roller coaster of emotions, pre-wedding parties, plus dealing with everyday work and other commitments. And you were wondering why you were stretched to the limit!

Unfortunately, stress can be a pre-cursor to colds, flu and other unwanted health hiccups. So what’s a girl to do? Start by taking care of yourself.

Book in for regular massages. Massage is a wonderful stress buster and will go a long way to soothing the tension. Or take a yoga or a meditation class for another blissful way to relax and let go.

Next, get hooked on fitness. Daily exercise is a real win/win. It will give your energy levels a boost, as well as toning your body so that you look fabulous.

And you’re unlikely to become the bride of your dreams without sufficient shut-eye! Sleep recharges your batteries and helps your immune system to function properly. Besides, there’s only just so much magic that under eye concealer can weave.

No time for proper meals? Better stop right now and rethink your priorities. Eating a well-balanced diet keeps you healthy and bursting with energy. And if you know you’ll be on the go from morning to night, take a supply of healthy nibbles with you.

Avoid overdoing coffee (even though it may be your favourite quick fix), alcohol and foods high in salt, fat and sugar – but step up on the H2O. Drinking plenty of water assists your digestion, keeps you hydrated and helps to flush toxins from your body.

A healthy bride is a beautiful bride – and your dedication to good diet, exercise and ‘taking care of me’ time will pay dividends on your wedding day. However, you can enhance the process with a pre-event beauty plan.

From your head to your toes, your skin will thrive on a little TLC. At least four to six months before your wedding, book an appointment with an accredited beauty therapist. They will advise you on the best products and treatments for your skin type. Regular manicures and pedicures should also be included in your beauty schedule.

To enhance your skin’s natural glow, consider using an exfoliating cream once or twice a week. This will remove dead skin cells and let the real you shine through. Again, it’s a good idea to consult an expert for advice on how frequently you should exfoliate, and which product is best suited to your skin.

Also guaranteed to get you glowing is the skillful application of a fake tan product. Many brides like the natural, healthy sun-kissed look that these products can achieve. However, while you might be a master of the application art, opt for a salon airbrushing before the big day to be absolutely sure of an even, smooth coverage.

A professional make-up artist can work wonders and knows how to bring out your best. Even if you usually wear little or no make-up, as your wedding day approaches find a makeup artist who you like and whom you think understands the look you want to achieve. To ensure you’re both on the same wavelength, trial your make-up well before the day.

If you’ve always been a little less than happy with your teeth, now’s the time to consider your options. Consult a professional who specialises in caps, veneers, whitening and other cosmetic work and discuss how to add some real dazzle to your wedding day smile.

Selecting a hairstyle that flatters the shape of your face (important at the best of times) is a crucial wedding day strategy – and for this you need to enlist the services of a stylist you know you can trust. You want your wedding day do to say ‘wow’, not ‘what happened?’ And don't go over the top with your style. High maintenance hair can make you feel uncomfortable and will be something else to worry about on the day … and who needs that?

When you first meet with your stylist to discuss your wedding, take with you your headpiece, veil, accessories and a swatch from your gown. A photo of your gown as well as magazine pictures featuring the hairstyles you like are also useful. Show as well as tell helps get the message across.

If you intend making significant changes to your hair colour, or to its style, leaving it until two weeks prior to the wedding would be a huge mistake. Some cuts take several appointments before the desired look is achieved, or you may have to grow out your existing colour prior to a shade change.

Ask your stylist to recommend a pre-wedding hair care program and invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner. And to maintain your glossy locks while you’re honeymooning, select some UV-resistant hair products to help protect colour and shine.


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