The wedding is officially just a handful of weeks away and the big day will be here in the blink of an eye. When you hit the one-month countdown—a moment that seemed so far away when the wedding planningbegun—everything is pretty much in place, with just a few finishing touches remaining on the to-do list. The same can be said about your wedding beauty timeline, as just like every checklist tied to wedding planning, there are still a few more to-dos.
So let’s get to it, below!
1. Hair, hair, hair.
Your hair trials should be done at this point, so it’s time to hit the salon for the final touch-ups before the big day. Al from alisteauty recommends seeing your stylist four to six weeks leading up to the wedding to shape your current style. “Avoid any big changes at this point especially now that you have seen your style at your test run for the wedding day.” If you’re wearing your hair down, he suggests going in one to two weeks before the wedding for a bang trim (if applicable) and a dusting, the technique stylists use to clean up damaged ends without compromising length.
Plan on getting your hair colored one to two weeks before the wedding. If you don’t color your hair, a gloss (like Redken Shades EQ) is a good option for enhancing your hair’s shine and vibrancy. Either way, your hair will look better than ever.
2. Get serious about your sleep.
Getting a solid night’s sleep is easier said than done, especially for busy brides-to-be with a million things on that to-do list. Use the final month before the wedding as an excuse to focus on those precious eight hours and make it a priority turn down at a decent hour. Avoiding drinking caffeine late in the day and do what you have to do to get those Zs. Whether you need a new pillow, a chic silk sleeping mask, or a sound machine get those Zs.
3. Try a spray tan.
Whether you know you want a bronzed look on the big day or on the fence about a faux glow, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans recommends doing a trial run that aligns with your final dress fitting(usually about two to four weeks from the wedding). “This way, a bride can see if she likes the tan shade or decide if she wants to go lighter or darker,” she says. “You should definitely experiment with different shades well in advance of the wedding so you can decide the depth of glow you prefer.” St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mist is a beginner-friendly product that allows the user to spray as little or as much as desired for results that can range from a barely-there glow to a full-on bronzed tan.
You’ve have said yes to the dress, paired your accessories, like jewelry from Viola Jewelry and picked the perfect makeup look. Now all that’s left to do is decide on a hairstyle to complete your wedding-day style. But where do you begin? By browsing alistbeauty look book, of course!
We just discovered the latest wedding hair trend that’s been making the rounds among brides-to-be is in alistbeauty’s phortfolio, and it’s good—really good. Through Pinterest’s 2018 Wedding Report, the inspiration destination confirms that the search for messy updos is up a whopping 1,274%.
If you are as smitten with the perfectly imperfect look as Pinterest users seem to be, here is all the inspiration you need to pull off the look yourself at your own wedding. Whether you’re going for romantic, classic or glamorous, these are the top photos of updo and natural down looks you’ll want to see.
A classic chignon with wispy flyaways will look impossibly chic in photos for generations to come. Modernize the look with shiny details, or keep it ladylike.
If your wedding-day accessory is a tiara (flower crowns count too!), opt for a messy updo that sits low on the nape of your neck. Experiment with the placement of your tiara for the perfect look: Forward, backward, sideways, high on the head, across the forehead…the possibilities are endless!
Viola Jewelry’s antique tiara replica, vintage style tiara, Rose Gold leaf tiara, flower crown,
Shine like a star on your wedding day with these Comb from Viola Jewelry! Keep the rest of your bridal hairstyle simple and opt for a low bun or chignon and let this stunning piece stand out!
Some Brides are just not an up do girl, so think about just wearing you hair down specially if you have these gorgeous locks!
Will hats and fascinators be as big of a show at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding? We at alistbeauty feel that the answer is “YES”. We are especially looking forward to the wedding guest fashion extravaganza and when it comes to royal wedding guest attire, fascinators are de rigeuer.
Hats and fascinators are a high-society staple across the pond, but with an American as our bride, and many American wedding guests, will the accessory still reign supreme?
Why does one wear a fascinator? What does it symbolize?
For some women it represents a status symbol or honoring tradition, for others it’s pure fun. Depending on the event, there’s often an unspoken competition for best fascinator or headpiece, and that’s where the fun ensues. Some of my customers wear them as a form of self expression, especially the more elaborate and artistic pieces. A great headpiece is like a fab pair of Louboutins. It completes an ensemble and adds a sexy-chic sophistication to the overall look.
What differentiates a fascinator from other types of headwear?
Americans became obsessed with the word fascinator during and after Kate & William’s royal wedding. It was mentioned in every report from the extravagant day that was as much about fashion as the new royal couple themselves. Viewers worldwide were given a window into how people dress for weddings in England and the world became enamored with fascinators. However, the concept is a hotly debated one in the millinery world. Not everything that is worn on the side of one’s head is considered to be a fascinator. Usually it’s created with some feathers, veiling, crib, and a wide array of embellishments that have mass appeal.
Are there certain fascinator styles that are more appropriate for a wedding?
It all depends on the requirements set forth by the couple on their invitation. If you’re invited to a wedding in the British Isles, it will be specified in the dress code. Often the word “encouraged” is used. It has, however, become a tradition to at least embellish your head with something chic and classic, and that’s why fascinators have become so popular for weddings. For wedding season I work mostly with sinamay straws, parisisal straw-like structures that are beautifully elegant and impeccably adorned.
What is typically worn with a fascinator? How would you suggest styling it?
It depends on the intricacy, embellishments, and overall design of the headpiece. They look great with a dress or a sophisticated well-fitted pant suit. I like to assist my clients with the final details. I always take a photo of my clients wearing the fascinator correctly for their reference later. One should have a cohesive look head to toe—there is nothing worse than a fascinator as an afterthought.
When in doubt, get inspiration from the royal family, especially Kate Middleton’s personal style. She always looks perfect for every occasion and she never misses the mark on her headwear selection.
Are you seeing any headwear trends emerge for Harry and Meghan’s wedding?
Anything from perchers to bold and unusual architectural shapes will be in demand for the wedding. Head-to-toe monochromatic color palettes are always on trend for royal weddings. Of course there will be the many variations of classic disc-like structures from wide to upswept shapes with twists and turns.
How will styles this year vary from those made for the guests at William and Kate’s wedding?
Since the 2011 royal wedding, there are many new and innovative millinery materials and techniques available. We will still see many creative couture headpieces designed in interesting and modern fabrications. Truly, the sky’s the limit.
Will American guests be wearing fascinators or hats to the wedding? What can they wear to respect the tradition and British culture?
I forecast they will be wearing both. Many Americans often [feel like they] need an excuse to wear a hat or fascinator and what better occasion than a royal wedding? I encourage invited guests to visit a couture milliner like myself to procure their headwear selection.
If Americans learned anything from Kate and William’s wedding, they will know that 99 percent of the guests wore hats. Go to a milliner who is experienced with special occasion head wear. Most importantly, find your comfort zone and don’t go out on a limb.
Viola Jewelry gives your wedding look that added sparkle. Your look may be dramatic and daring, soft and sophisticated, modern or classic. Feeling comfortable in your own style is what matters most!