Things to Avoid Doing if Your Big Day is Imminent

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Wedding Planner


With your wedding day fast approaching, you’ve probably got a to-do list as long as your arm, but do you have a list of definite no-nos; things you absolutely should not do? We doubt it, so let good old Elegance of Elena provide you with one, no, better make that five things you shouldn’t do in the lead-up to your big day!

Don’t Try Out a New Hair Colour

Bride's red hair


Even if you believe your hairdresser to be the best in the whole wide world, under no circumstances try out a new hair colour with any less than a month to go before the big day!

Even the most inert or innocuous seeming hair colour product on the shelf could have disastrous effects such as oxidising or looking hideous with your skin tone. If you really must do something to your hair, why not ask your colourist to put a clear gloss on your strands? It will add a lot of shine and sheen, giving the hair a lustrous look you’ll love? However, if you do happen to find that a bad colour has invaded your locks, you should be able to have it recoloured right away as long as there wasn’t too much horrid bleach involved.

Don’t Audition a New Fitness DVD

Boxing bride


Most of the Don’ts in this list involve not trying out anything too new or radical in the lead-up to your special day, and we’d say the same for your fitness regime. Stick to the routine you're doing and don’t attempt to change it up for the wedding. The weeks before your big day are not the time to be overstretching those muscles or contorting your limbs in any way they’re unaccustomed to.

If your aim is to lose weight, make sure you change it up well in advance of your wedding dress fittings, and certainly don’t start doing new moves that could make you too sore to walk down the aisle or even injured and on crutches! The hop-along bride may sound amusing, but it’s another bad look in the photos. If you use exercise to relieve stress, have a jog in the park or a nice relaxing swim at the local pool, ensuring you adhere to social distancing restrictions, of course.

Don’t Drink to Excess

Wine not allowed sign


Not only is alcohol incredibly calorific and highly likely to add weight at a time when you’d probably like to be as svelte as possible, it will also make your skin and face in general look and feel bloated and puffy. This effect is due to alcohol’s sulphurous gases and a number of other factors that serve to compromise your digestive system. So, even if you think that getting squiffy will help you deal with the stress of your imminent wedding, one, it won't, and two, it just won't!

Don’t Get a Drastic “Do”

Bride's horsey hairstyle


If at all possible, try to keep the same hairstyle for the three months preceding your actual wedding day. This is especially so if you’re having trials and fittings during that period, which there’s a high likelihood that you will be. It won’t just be your hair’s texture and style that will be altered by cutting it, it may not work with the neckline of your wedding dress or your veil (if you're having one) either, so it really isn’t worth the risk.

A dodgy do really isn’t something you want to be trying to sort out at the last minute when nerves and tempers can become frayed, so just stick with what you have and don’t do anything drastic with your Barnet fair! 

Don’t Change Up Your Cosmetics

Zombie bride


It’s all-too common for brides to have a last-minute anxiety attack about their makeup. “I’m wearing too much and I’ll be mistaken for Donald Trump’s long-lost sister!” or “No I’m not a vampire, I just don’t have enough makeup on!” may be overstating the issue, but you get what we mean.

That's why it’s highly advisable to have a trial wedding and get your levels right beforehand – WAY beforehand. Being totally frank, you’ll be in a much more stable and rational place than you will on the big day, and that goes for everybody. Even the chillest of brides-to-be can go completely to pieces on the actual day, so have your makeup artist take your skin tone and type, hairstyle, colour palette, location, time of day and the general aesthetic of your wedding into consideration when they’re creating your look. And, by all means, try out different looks, just don’t do it when the wedding is imminent, or worse, on the day!

Ensure that your skin will be the ideal “canvas” for your wedding day makeup by drinking plenty, and we do mean plenty of water, and make sure you also treat yourself and your skin to an abundance of lovely sleep!

With regard to cosmetics, we really don't recommend that you change your perfume too radically, either. As you'll be aware, choosing a perfume you're comfortable wearing can take years, so even if you find a new one you really like in the shop, come the day and come the hour, you might completely change your mind, and the last thing you need on your wedding day is any indecision setting in, right?

Let Us Help You!

We do hope you don’t feel nagged after reading the above, because that certainly wasn’t our intent. We simply want to help you in the nerve-jangling lead-up to your big day, so if there’s anything you’d like to discuss with a member of our dedicated little team, just give us a call on 0116 462 5347 or e-mail us at: info@eleganceofelena.co.uk

We can’t wait to hear from you!


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