What NOT to Do on Your Big Day: Mistakes Brides Make and How to Avoid Them


So, you’re engaged and your big day is just around the corner…congratulations! This is sure to be one of the most exciting times in your life. However, weddings can also be one of the most stressful times in a woman’s life, not to mention her poor hubby to be who has to bear the brunt of the hard times. To help you avoid some of the most common mistakes brides make in the months leading up to their wedding, we thought we’d help you by pointing them out. Here’s what NOT to do on your big day:

Beauty Treatments

When it comes to beauty treatments, you might think it’s best practice to book them as close as possible to the big day. Well, you’d be wrong! If you’re planning on having a facial, we recommend you do this about a month before the big day, as they can cause redness and peeling – you don’t want those things present in the wedding photos! Eyebrow waxing and tinting should be done about a week before the wedding, to allow redness to go down. Consult with a local salon on when best to have the rest of the treatments you have in mind done.

Hair Styling/Colouring

If you’re thinking of having a new colour for your big day, we recommend you do this at least 6 months before your wedding. This way, you’ll know if you like the colour enough to have it on your big day, and have time to correct it if you don’t. You can then book a top up appointment a week or so before the big day, with a trim/style too.


When it comes to tanning, we recommend using a brand you know and love the color of – so start practicing and test out a couple of brands a few months before your wedding. You might want to get a spray tan, but you should consult with the beautician well in advance so you know exactly when you should be having your tan and when to wash it off (you don’t want to turn your light colored dress brown!). If you’re going to try sunbeds instead, build yourself up slowly – a red face on your wedding day is not a good look.

Losing/Gaining Weight

If you plan on losing or gaining weight for your big day, we recommend doing this before you’ve selected your dress and had fittings. Many women choose their dress, have a fitting, then decide they need to lose weight. Your dress will look too baggy on you, and you might not have enough time to fix it! If you intend on gaining/losing weight, we recommend you do so healthily by exercising regularly and eating a healthy, balanced diet. But don’t worry – you’ll be ok to try some wedding cake on your big day. Fantasia cakes are professional makers of wedding cakes in Belfast who produce some top notch desserts – try them and see!

Now you know what you should avoid to make your big day go perfectly to plan, you can enjoy your remaining time as a fiancee before it’s time to marry the love of your life!

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