By Sherry Main from USA (TRLH001.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sherry Main from USA (TRLH001.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

First Blake Lively, now Anne Hathaway! It seems like Hollywood has wedding fever, and it got us thinking – What does it really take to prepare for the biggest day of your life? The treatment options are endless, but there are certainly a few essentials that every bride pays special interest to — and we went on a mission to figure out the best time to get them. This advice comes straight from the spa authorities:

Spray Tan

A dewy glow is a wedding day essential, but, “You don’t want to look too dark with a white gown,” advises Karen Nies from Facelogic – Morristown. Nies recommends coming in weeks prior to the big day, “In order to test out your treatment and see how the sugar cane-based tanner reacts with your skin.” Once you figure out your best shade, you can get your wedding tan two days before the ceremony.

$50 for Series of Three Airbrush Spray Tans at Facelogic – Morristown in New Jersey


A manicure and pedicure is probably the most stress-free wedding day treatment of all, but remember that there will be a lot going on during your big day. Allie Wheeler, director of Exhale Spa – Back Bay in Boston suggests you get a mani/pedi as close to the wedding as possible. “A couple days before [is OK] as long as you avoid laborious work that could lead to chipping,” says Wheeler. As for the most popular nuptial nail polish color: “The French manicure is always a hit, It’s neutral and looks really polished.”

$50 for Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure Package including Full-service Nail Therapy with Ginger Infused Lotion, Organic Lavender Foot Scrub Exfoliation and Smoothing Organic Heel Balm at Exhale – Back Bay in Boston


Although you’re sure to be glowing as you say “I Do” a facial is definitely crucial for flawless skin. This treatment is a bit risky, especially for sensitive skin that can have adverse reactions to certain ingredients. “Starting a series about 6 to 8 months before the wedding is a good idea,” says Kelly Richert, director of Mokara Spa in Colorado. She warns that brides often think it’s a good idea to get a facial treatment a few days before the big day, but you have to be very cautious when traveling down this avenue. “A mini facial or light exfoliator is good to get about a week prior for a radiant glow,” but she stresses that you give yourself time just in case.

$50 for 50 Min Signature Facial with Custom Mask at MokaraSpa at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Colorado

Hair Cut and Color

Regardless of the hairstyle you choose for your wedding, you want your hair to look bright and healthy, which calls for a fresh cut and color. In order to ensure you aren’t walking down the aisle with orange hair, Lynn Marchi, supervisor of The Salon at Lord & Taylor – Manhasset, advises that you begin any new color treatments at least two months prior to make sure you have the correct shade. “Once you perfect the color, we can put you on a 4-6 week maintenance schedule for touch-ups, highlights and lowlights,” says Marchi. Finally, Marchi recommends you bring your veil in a month before the wedding to make sure your hair color compliments it.

$50 for Single Process Color, Shampoo, Conditioning Treatment and Style at The Salon at Lord & Taylor – Manhasset in New York