The same things that make summer a popular time for weddings can also be the cause of much trepidation on the part of the bride, her wedding party and her guests. While warmer weather and flowers and trees in full bloom are great for outdoor weddings and memorable photography, they can be the detriment of a great hairstyle or make-over. Here are some tips for preventing summer wedding melt-down, whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, the mother of the bride or groom or a guest:
- Get a fresh cut, color and/or highlight 10 days prior to the wedding. This will give you time to work with the cut, time for the color or highlights to set perfectly and time for your bangs or hair to be at just the right length for the big event.
- If you’re doing something special with your hair, choose a style that is flattering, works with your particular hair type and anticipates summer surprises. For example, a fancy up do goes a long way on a hot, humid day, as opposed to long, flowing curls. You’ll be more comfortable and will look good from the first photograph to the last dance. If you want curls, consider temporary hair extensions. They’re easy to insert, and they will hold a curl more readily than your natural hair.
- Don’t overdo the make-up. If you’re getting a makeover for the wedding day, make sure you have a practice session with the make-up artist prior to the big day. There are two good reasons for this: 1.) you want to make sure you like what she does, and 2.) you want to make sure the products don’t disagree with your skin. Summertime looks should be natural and glowing, not heavily made up. If you find yourself perspiring, try dusting a small amount of loose powder on your face to eliminate shine.
- Consider a relaxing facial a week before the wedding. It will rejuvenate your skin’s texture and coloring, as well as get rid of any dead skin cells that interfere with the smooth look of your foundation.
- Take your allergy medication. There’s nothing worse than sitting next to someone who is continually coughing and sneezing due to allergies.
- Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water the week before the event. Exhaustion and dehydration can cause moodiness and make any situation seem worse than it really is. Take things in stride and enjoy the day!