From the moment you or your partner says “Yes!” your lives are filled with invitation selections, floral arrangements and table charts, and it’s natural to worry that something may slip through the cracks. We’ve got your primping plan covered, from tips to toes, with three specifically tailored checklists, whether you’re a bride, broom or groom.

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BRIDE CHECKLIST


9-12 months before:

  • Since beauty is part of the bridal budget, you need to call for pricing information for hair, nails, makeup, and skincare.
  • If you’re toying with the idea of a new color or cut for the big day, now’s the time to try it out so that you have plenty of time to correct any mishaps.

5-8 months before:

  • Visit a dermatologist to address any minor skin issues and test drive any skin treatments/products to avoid a bad reaction.

2-3 months before:

  • Book your hairstylist for the big day and have a hairstyle trial to go over your wedding day ‘do.
  • Book your makeup artist for the big day and have a makeup trial. If you plan on doing your own, start playing with different looks and colors to create the perfect wedding day palette.
  • If you don’t already have one, begin a regular morning and night face care routine.

1 month before:

  • Get a trim and touch up your roots if you dye your hair.
  • If you want a sun-kissed glow for the big day, start trying out different self-tanning products to see which ones work best with your skin tone in order to achieve a natural-looking hue. Take note of how many days it takes to get the desired results, as some lotions build up over several applications.
  • Unless you want to go to the dentist for professional whitening, at-home kits—such as Crest’s 3D Whitestrips—take 10-14 days to see maximum results. Use every night to achieve pearly whites.

1 week before:

  • Schedule your manicure and pedicure
  • Get a final facial, getting rid of any dead skin and ensuring maximum glow.
  • Select a signature scent to wear on the big day. Be sure is doesn’t conflict with your bride’s.
  • Have any waxing done—legs, bikini, etc.

Day before:

  • Pack your bridal beauty kit for the big day: safety pins, hairspray, deodorant, bobby pins, makeup, blotting papers, breath mints and nail polish.
  • Get a manicure and pedicure.

Day of:

  • Get your hair styled approximately three hours before call time.
  • Have makeup applied one to two hours before call time.
  • Mist yourself lightly with your selected perfume.
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BROOM CHECKLIST

1 month before:

  • If you want a sun-kissed glow for the big day, start trying out different self-tanning products to see which ones work best with your skin tone in order to achieve a natural-looking hue. Take note of how many days it takes to get the desired results, as some lotions build up over several applications.
  • You’ll want to start a three-step skincare regime—cleansing, toning and moisturizing—for the weeks leading up to the big day to help your skin look its best.
  • If you have opted to wear makeup, now’s the time to start practicing. If you’re not comfortable with applying, ask and see if your bride’s makeup artist can pop into your broom room for a quick fix. If you go the professional route, it’s important to have a makeup trial, as not all makeup artists can abide by the fine art of minimal.

2 weeks before:

  • Unless you want to go to the dentist for professional whitening, at-home kits—such as Crest’s 3D Whitestrips—take 10-14 days to see maximum results. Use every night to achieve pearly whites.

1 week before:

  • Select a signature scent to wear on the big day. Be sure is doesn’t conflict with your bride’s.
  • Pop into your go-to salon for a trim. We recommend going about a week before the “I do’s” to avoid that unnatural “just got a haircut” look.
  • Your wedding photographer will likely take pictures of your hands to show off those newly accessorized ring fingers. Get your hands ready for their close-ups with a manicure. (Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to get polish—even clear.)
  • Have any waxing done.
  • Get a final facial, getting rid of any dead skin and ensuring maximum glow.

Day Of:

  • Have makeup applied approximately one to two hours before call time.
  • Mist yourself lightly with your selected scent.

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GROOM CHECKLIST

1 month before:

  • If you want a sun-kissed glow for the big day, start trying out different self-tanning products to see which ones work best with your skin tone in order to achieve a natural-looking hue. Take note of how many days it takes to get the desired results, as some lotions build up over several applications.
  • You’ll want to start a three-step skincare regime—cleansing, toning and moisturizing—for the weeks leading up to the big day to help your skin look its best.

2 weeks before:

  • Unless you want to go to the dentist for professional whitening, at-home kits—such as Crest’s 3D Whitestrips—take 10-14 days to see maximum results. Use every night to achieve pearly whites.

1 week before:

  • Select a signature scent to wear on the big day. Be sure it doesn’t conflict with your groom’s.
  • Pop into your go-to salon for a trim. We recommend going about a week before the “I do’s” to avoid that unnatural “just got a haircut” look.
  • Your wedding photographer will likely take pictures of your hands to show off those newly accessorized ring fingers. Get your hands ready for their close-ups with a manicure. (Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to get polish—even clear.)
  • Wax away that unibrow the week before the big day to make sure any redness or irritation has time to die down.
  • Get a final facial, getting rid of any dead skin and ensuring maximum glow.

Day Of:

  • Get a close shave and trim any facial hair to perfection.
  • Mist yourself lightly with your selected cologne.

 

PHOTOS: Bride Beauty Checklist: Jessica & Lacey from Real Weddings by Elizabeth Lloyd; Broom Beauty Checklist: Brittney & Kara from Real Weddings by Haidy Jensen; Groom Beauty Checklist: Frank & Marcos from Real Weddings by Harmony Wedding Photography