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The Perfect Bridal Beauty Guide

Bridal experts explain how to plan ahead to ensure your day is picture perfect -- no matter what!

WebMD Feature

You were certain you planned for everything -- from the flowers on the tables, to the songs the band would play -- and everything in between.

But experts say if you haven't planned ahead for your bridal beauty and grooming routines you could end up with some wedding-day blues.

"In an effort to look and feel their best I've seen brides try to do too much a day or two before the wedding and not enough in the two to three weeks prior. And the end result can be a litany of problems that really could have been easily avoided," says Liz Seccuro, creative director of Dolce Parties, a wedding and event planning company in Greenwich, Conn., and New York City.

Planning Ahead

Securro says overloading on beauty and grooming routines just days before you say "I do" can not only leave you looking and feeling less than perfect, it can also increase your stress on the very day you want to look poised and serene.

The answer, say experts, is to plan ahead -- setting a schedule that anticipates some of your most important health and beauty needs. While ideally, experts say you should begin three to four months before your wedding, even 30 days is adequate for the most important self-care rituals.

To help you know what to do and when, WebMD asked several experts to help us prepare the following guide.

Beautiful Bridal Skin

Perhaps nothing is more beautiful than the natural glow of happiness that becomes every bride. But to help that glow along, experts at Bridal Guide magazine say schedule a series of monthly facials beginning as early as six months before your wedding. To help ensure your skin looks picture perfect on your wedding day they advise your last facial to be no later than two weeks before the big day.

And while a professional facial is a fabulous way to pamper yourself, Seccuro suggests brides to do their homework before choosing a facialist.

"There is a misnomer that says if your face looks red and your skin looks bad when you finish a facial it means it worked -- but that's not true," says Seccuro.

To be sure your skin will look better -- and not worse -- Seccuro advises making your appointment in person and look at those leaving the salon.

"If their skin isn't glowing and they don't look great -- look elsewhere for your facial," she says.

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