know that most weddings take place in spring and early summer,
with the most popular month to tie the knot being June, but many
people do choose to marry in winter despite the weather. After
all, in our climate we can't always guarantee a lovely sunny day
There's no doubt about it though, it is sometimes harder to look
your best when the colder months come. Although you may still
have the remains of a tan, hair is likely to have suffered during
the summer and the switching on of central heating can cause hair
and skin to become dry.
If you are planning a winter wedding, do start your hair and beauty
routine now. Extra moisturisation can keep hair and skin looking
good and even possibly taking a supplement can help - you don't
want to be down with flu on your big day.
Unfortunately, planning a wedding can be extremely stressful,
which will play havoc with your looks, so do try to be as organised
as you can be about your overall 'look' for the day. It is worth
having several 'practice' sessions with your stylist before the
big day - that way you'll be able to choose a style your happy
with and your stylist will be familiar with. She will need to
experiment in advance with hairpieces, headdresses etc especially
if you intend to wear fresh flowers in your hair. Your florist
may be able to make a 'mock-up' of your actual arrangement so
that your stylist can practice with it.
always wise to have any cutting done a week or so in advance so
you have time to adjust, and don't go for anything too radical
- now is definitely not the time to find out whether a close-crop
would suit you!
Get hair in good shape with pre-wash conditioners - we love Philip
Kingsley's - and try to limit use of products such as mousse as
these can cause build up.
Don't forget your bridesmaids or attendants. Whilst we don't want
them to outshine the bride, of course, they will feel more confident
and therefore more able to assist you on the day, if their styling
and make-up are equally well rehearsed. Arrange an en-masse visit
to the salon so that the stylist can assess their hair type and
advise on what will work best.
Many brides are now hiring in a beauty consultant to do the make-up
for all involved and it's an excellent idea if you can. She will
bring her own products and will be far less nervous than anyone
else on the day! If this is not an option then make sure you are
really organised before hand. Lay out your products on a tray
with baby wipes, tissues etc with your favourite brushes - you
will be too busy to go in search of that make-up sponge you like,
or the lipstick that tones with your blusher. If you really fancy
a whole new look for the day, go to a department store consultant
for a makeover. This is a good way to try new looks week in advance
and costs relatively little. Make sure you let her know what the
weather is likely to be like and what your accent colours are
- these are often very different from the pastels used in summer
If you are carrying a deep coloured bouquet or are having deep
roses near the face you may want to deepen your lip colour for
Foundation and blusher almost needs changing for winter and as
many brides still wear stark white, very careful colours need
to be chosen to avoid a 'washed-out' look.
If you're not a regular salon user then try to find a salon or
stylist who specialise in 'wedding' hair, there are lots to choose
from in all areas or get a friend to recommend one if you like
her particular style.
And remember, you may need to gently remind your future 'other
half' that you would not be pleased to see the males in the party
looking overgrown - check that he's got a trip to the barbers
firmly in the diary too!