The Great Indian Wedding can take a toll on even the attendees, so one can only imagine how flustered it leaves the bride at times. I often receive DM’s on Instagram from brides to be, asking about beauty rituals to follow, skincare tips, hair care rituals, and what not. Which is why I decided to create a list of Do’s and Dont’s for the bride to be, particularly an Indian bride, so that she can be better prepared for the big day.
1. Don’t use any new skincare/haircare product in the month leading up to the wedding. Whether it is a hair color or a chemical peel, perform patch tests and then start using the product at least 3 months prior to the wedding. This will ensure that you do not suffer from a horrible reaction or end up with a hair color that does not suit you at all on the night before the wedding.
2. Don’t let your makeup artist make you 3 shades fairer than you are. I have heard of horror tales where makeup artists bully the poor bride into wearing a foundation that is way too light for her or an eyeshadow that is too gaudy. How you look on your wedding day is something you will cherish forever, so make sure to go for a makeup artist who has good reviews and who is also accommodating of your own tastes. Remember, nobody looks beautiful just by painting extremely light foundation on their face.
3. Don’t choose stilettoes as your bridal footwear. While heels add a certain amount of grace to a wedding lehenga, stilettoes come with the risk of making you stumble and hurting your feet. Opt for comfortable wedges instead and try them on for a few hours beforehand so that you know for sure that they fit snugly on your feet.
1. Book a makeup trial with your MUA. It may cost you, but nothing is more expensive than looking like a nightmare on your own wedding day. A makeup trial is the only way to know for sure that your makeup artist is able to accommodate your choices, complement your natural beauty, and give you a look that goes well with your outfit and theme of the wedding. There are some MUAs out there who think bridal makeup only means a dark lip and smokey eyes, avoid them like a plague.
2. Try out all your wedding outfits a week prior to the wedding. You may have purchased your wedding outfits over a span of months and some of them may even be heirlooms. Try out each and every outfit a week or two prior to the wedding, just to make sure that they still fit well and that there are no broken zippers. You may have put on or lost a little weight in the lineup to the wedding, so this will give you some room for alterations and will prevent last-minute panic.
3. Feed yourself! Don’t get obsessed with losing 5 kgs in the week before the wedding. A flat belly is not more important than your health. Eat fruits and vegetables in good quantities and avoid dehydrating food items such as caffeine and salty snacks. Nobody would want the bride to faint on the stage, would they?
So these were some do’s and dont’s for the bride to be based on my experience. Let me know if you would want me to start a bridal series with this kind of content to answer the queries of the beautiful brides to be.