Obviously you want to look your best and feel wonderful on your wedding day. To achieve this you need not only to plan, but also to act, ideally at least six months in advance of your big day.
Beauty treatments and fitness should commence as soon as you can. The range of treatments are huge including waxing, facial, teeth whitening and manicure, to name but a few. Timing is especially important when it comes to hair and makeup, and to ensure you look your best on your wedding day, consider a trial well in advance.
There are a whole range of experts to help you including fitness training and hair and beauty specialists. It is unlikely you will be able to cover everything yourself so consult a professional. Whatever you do, don't leave everything until the last minute.
Here’s some great ideas from hair, beauty and fitness businesses based in South Wales from places like Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your South Wales Wedding magazine when contacting a hair, beauty or fitness professional.
South Of England wins battle of the spas reveals Spabreaks.com
Spabreaks.com 2022 booking data has revealed that spas in the South totalled 57.4% of all bookings made in 2022, winning the battle of the spas against the north of England. The UK spa industry has a lot to offer, whether you're looking to escape to the countryside or fancy break in the city. Whether it's in the north or south, there's a place in the UK that will accommodate whatever spa break you're looking for.
Posted: 22 May 2023
How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day
Anxious brides and grooms-to-be have been offered top tips on beating their wedding nerves and getting a good night's sleep ahead of their all important day. The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have provided their tips to those who are likely to be overcome by nerves, affecting their sleep. Among the nerve-busting tips are incorporating sleep inducing scents into your room, planning a pre-bed workout and avoiding spicy foods. Nic Shacklock, from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk said: "Pre-wedding nerves often lead to a lack of sleep ahead of what is regarded as the most important day of many people's lives.
Posted: 24 October 2022
How to stop the heat ruining your hair and make-up
There are different products to help your hair and make-up last longer in the summer. For oily skin, you don't want layers of thick make-up, and hair spray must be a strong hold that lasts through the humidity.
We generally recommend a summer bride to have her hair up, as the locks will be pinned up and in place all day, keeping the neck cool throughout the day. If you want your hair down, a half up/ down style is ideal. Apply a volumising mousse before styling to help keep the look in place throughout the day.
Posted: 14 September 2022
Natural ways to relieve wedding day nerves
Wedding day jitters are normal — but not necessarily welcome! In this article Jo Webber, Herbal Education Lead at Pukka Herbs, shares four natural ways to keep them at bay. Weddings are one of the most significant life events you can go through, so its no surprise that wedding day jitters are so common. Even the most committed couple are bound to get butterflies when standing up in front of everyone they know to say their vows, and no matter how excited you are to tie the knot, nerves before or even during the ceremony are completely normal. That said, no one wants nervousness and anxiety to get in the way of enjoying their big day. But how can you relieve your wedding day jitters in a natural way? Here, I'll share four simple methods for curbing your nerves ahead of a wedding.
Posted: 21 August 2022
10 simple tips for a stress-free wedding
From trying to keep yourself and your spouse-to-be happy, to accommodating ample requests from friends and family, weddings can cause a lot of stress and anxiety during the planning period as well as on the big day itself. In the past year searches for 'wedding anxiety' have increased by +60% which highlights you're not the only one if you're feeling like this. To ensure couples have a wonderful and stress-free wedding experience, life insurance broker, Reassured has put together 10 helpful tips to reduce stress.
Posted: 7 August 2022
A good night's sleep with Dreams - 8 top tips!
Being a bride or groom is arguably one of the most exciting and heart-warming days of a person's life, but as the big day draws closer, pre-wedding insomnia can cause difficulty in falling, and staying, asleep. As we know, our sleep is very important and no one wants tired eyes on such a big day. But what can we do to avoid the sleepless nights? According to Dreams Sleep Expert, Sammy Margo, consistency is key. So, maybe it's time to drop the outdated wedding 'preparation' superstitions. Sammy says: "We love rhythm and routine, so sticking to the same routine of bed sharing makes sense before your big day.
Posted: 9 July 2022
Thinking about a crash-diet for the wedding? Don't do it!
With wedding season upon us, a new plan, devised by nutrition and fitness experts at PowerWave, the portable home-gym training device, has been launched to help brides (and grooms) get ready for their special day. Created by PowerWave founder "Coach" Jay Laville, its free healthy weight loss guide covers everything from macros to mindset, calories to caffeine and from sugar to sleep. It is also packed full of healthy recipe ideas and inspirational advice from the PowerWave team.
Posted: 1 July 2022
Janet E White-Ashby tells us the best hair and make-up styles for a summer wedding
Deciding whether your hair should be up or down comes down to the neckline of your wedding dress. If you're wearing a strapless gown, have your locks down or half up in beach waves or curls. This will look pretty and feminine while showing off the gown's neckline.
An up do is ideal if you're worried about being hot throughout the day. Tendrils will make the style soft and romantic and cooler on the nape of the neck.
Popular styles this summer include both high and sleek low ponytails. These enhance dresses that are off-the-shoulder.
Posted: 22 June 2022
Hair stylist Stacey Williams tells us her top tips for styling curly hair
You could embrace your natural curls by scrunching the hair with good products and doing a half up and half down style. Pin some loose tousled pieces off your face while leaving the remaining pieces curly.
Alternatively, you could smooth some of your locks out to create a more relaxed style. This can be done by straightening certain areas.
Depending on the length of your hair you could create a loose up do. This can be high or low depending on the length you have to work with.
The key to controlling curly tresses is quality products. Some of my favourites are:
Posted: 25 May 2022
Stacey Williams, a hairstylist in Swansea, has won gold at The British Hair and Beauty Awards
Stacey Williams, a hairstylist in Swansea, has won gold at The British Hair and Beauty Awards for Best Bridal/Special Occasion Hair Styles of the Year.
We spoke to Stacey to find out more: "I started hairdressing almost 18 years ago at the age of 15 and have focused on weddings a lot more in the last nine years. I love everything about a wedding, from the first conversation with the bride to the morning of the big day. I try my best to make sure my bride is relaxed and stress-free about her hair. I stay until she's ready to leave for the aisle or until she is happy that I'm no longer needed, I also help the bridesmaids into their dresses and help the bride get buttoned up.
Posted: 14 April 2022