A Bridesmaid Prep Guide

It may be September but wedding season is well and truly still upon us. I personally think that September is a wonderful month to get married in as here in England the weather reaches an optimal temperature; it’s been around 22-26 degrees this month! Similarly this fantastic time of year is a great excuse to have a wedding abroad and for guests to make a holiday out of it. Not only can they beat the crowds but the sky high, peak season prices too! My eldest brother got married about ten days ago in Croatia and we all did just that! It was a magical occassion as the venue was by the sea, the weather was perfect and he is the first one out of my siblings and I to be wed. Oh and I was one of the bridesmaid’s! As you can also tell on this blog, I love a bit of beauty! So in the spirit of this wedding theme, I have prepared a mini checklist for all of your pre-bridesmaid prep needs for the big day, which can be adapted for guests too!

Outfit

I would hope you have your bridesmaid dress in advance of the wedding! This will allow you to have time to plan your look for the day. For my brother’s wedding, the bridesmaids all wore multiway dresses. This is a great option to cater to everyone’s different styles and bodyshapes. When it comes to being a bridesmaid though, I have a few tips for you:

  • Plan your underwear! Try your dress on to see if it will require seamless or strapless underwear (Primark or H&M offer some good and cheap pairs)
  • If you’re planning on partying to the early morning, bring a pair of flats to rescue those toes

Make-Up

Depending on the colour of your bridesmaid dress, match your make-up accordingly. I wore a teal coloured bridesmaid dress for my brother’s wedding and opted for nude tones and a bronzed rather than blushed look. The make-up artist ended up doing my eyes a tad heavier and darker than I anticipated. Nonetheless as the wedding reception was around sunset it meant that my make-up was a good day to night look.
I wore Eylure fake eyelashes in 101 and the make-up artist used a lot of products from NYX and Make Up Forever that lasted all day. Of course this was also down to her finishing off the look with some setting spray. I personally love NYX’s finish spray in matte and it works really well in hotter climates too! If I were to do my make-up myself some essentials I would recommend for a wedding would be a primer for your foundation, an eyeshadow primer (again NYX for both as they offer some good quality inexpensive choices) and waterproof mascara to go over the top of your chosen ‘main’ mascara.

To any sensitive skin beauties out there, I can tell you that these products didn’t cause any breakouts for me!

Hair

Being a blonde, I prefer to get my hair done in a salon and booked myself in for a balayage and a cut a week before the wedding. I think this is a good amount of time as it lets the dye soften and gives you an option to go back and get your colour toned if need be. Similarly if you decide to use a box dye leave about a week in advance just in case!

Browsing Pinterest until my heart was content, I chose to have my hair off my face with a simple and elegant style.

Although a hairdresser did my hair on the day of the wedding, I think this same look can be recreated with a donout, some backcombing and a bit of hairspray.

Nails

When it comes to being a bridesmaid, I think that more understated nails are a safer choice than what you may go for as a wedding guest. I had a manicure and shellac nails done at Polish’d Nail Bar with this lovely nude. I matched my toes using OPI but Essie and Sally Henderson also offer a lovely variation of neutral tones.

Accessories

A small clutch bag is key for the day to hold your phone, lipstick and a small mirror for any touch ups. For my bag I used a gold jewelled one from Accessorize that I bought last year.

makeup 2

I kept my jewellery simple with a small drop dangling earring in a gold style from Bloomingdale’s which I luckily found on my trip to New York in the Summer. I also paired this with some stackable rings that I bought from Topshop.

I would like to wish my wonderful brother and my lovely new sister-in law a very happy and long marriage!

Natalia x

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