Sarah Crowder

If you’re like every bride, you’ll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day.

You want to look radiant, relaxed and ready to start a brand new experience with the person with whom you’ve chosen to spend your life. 

Your dress, hair, nails, skin and makeup all are part of becoming that bride you’ve always wanted to be. Since pictures are almost always taken, you’ll have visual proof--forever! So it’s not only important to look good, but to feel good, as well. Here are a few pointers on achieving that:

Choose your dress carefully. While we certainly cannot dictate your taste, we can remind you that a well-fitting dress is one that you can get in and out of a car, sit and eat comfortably, and, of course, dance in. I wish I had a nickel for every time I saw a bride ‘hike up’ her strapless dress. An excellently tailored dress should not have to be adjusted often, nor should you have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions. But most of all, you should feel good and confident in your dress on your wedding day.

Next, choose a classic hair style. You’ll not want to overpower your dress and headpiece with a flamboyant hair style or color. Keep it simple and classic. Practice the look at home and with your stylist, until you feel you have a timeless look that won’t date you in five to 10 years. Remember, you have your pictures forever.

Your hands will get a lot of attention that day, so you will want a professional classic manicure—no colored polishes or overly long nails.

As for makeup, keep it soft and natural. I have seen a room full of women who looked like kabukis, when they should have looked like fresh and beautiful young ladies. A bright pink lip always looks great in pictures, while browns and metallics look muddy. If anything, the bright lip is the only change from your everyday look that I’d recommend.

Prepare in advance to feel your best: Get eight hours of restful sleep and sleep on fresh sheets (change them three to four times) the week of your wedding—you won’t believe the difference! End any cocktail or bachelorette parties early, and drink very little, if any, in the days leading to your wedding day. Also, eat three healthful meals each day on time, and avoid overly spicy or unusual foods.

Baths are relaxing, as well as cups of herbal teas and soft body powders.

Smile, look people in the eye when you talk to them, laugh out loud. It’s very important that at this point you ‘give up the reins’ to the professionals you’ve hired. Accept what comes, never sweat the small stuff. Be gracious and loving to your partner, your friends and your family—especially your parents, they are going through as big a change as you are.

If you are a spiritual person, plan to spend some time each day in prayer and meditation. If you have no particular spiritual direction, just always remember that there is a power that’s greater than you, and that the universe wishes every bride all the very best.

Oh, almost forgot: After 40 years, Ken Miesner’s has a new address. You’ll find us at 9723 Clayton Road in the Granaway Center. We all love the change, and hope you will, too!

Wedding expert John Sullivan has worked with partner Ken Miesner for 40 years at Ken Miesner's Flowers, where they have collaborated for some 1,200 weddings! 'Like' him on Facebook under 'Wedding Wisdom,' where guests are welcome to post pictures, and leave comments and opinions.

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