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Were you or one of your loved ones one of the many people who got engaged over this recent holiday season or Valentine’s Day? If so, congratulations! It’s a very exciting time and there is lots of fun planning to do for your big day! It’s a day where you, and those closest to you, want to look and feel your very best.

We all know that wedding planning is about timelines, checklists, and some fun. 🙂

We’ve put together your ultimate guide to getting your skin, body and hair looking the most radiant on your special day!

You not only want to look good for the wedding, but for all of your events too—the shower, the bachelorette party, the luncheons, etc. There will be lots of moments with friends and family that will likely be captured on camera, so make sure you they are photos and videos that show you at your very best—inside and out!

Bookmark this article, pin the checklists below, or share it with your bridal team to save this guide to preparing for the months ahead!


12 Months or More Before Your Wedding

You still have some time before the big day, now is a great time to establish your bridal beauty goals:

• Fit Body: Do you want to lose weight or tighten up specific parts of your body? If so, how much and in what areas?
• Glowing Complexion: Do you want to work on your complexion? Is it dark spots or melasma? Do you have acne, rosacea or hair growth/hair bumps that you need to get under control?
• Removed Imperfections: Do you have moles or growths that you’d like to get removed before the wedding? Do you have blemishes on the back and you’d like to wear a backless dress?

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9-12 Months Before Your Wedding

• This is a good time to make an appointment with a dermatologist to develop your bridal beauty game plan.

• Don’t see an esthetician in lieu of a dermatologist. While estheticians can play a critical role in getting and maintaining healthy skin, there are many times when you can spend months with an esthetician to clear up your skin, but medical grade treatment is required to get your desired results. Better to know early.

• Do see an esthetician as well as a dermatologist. You will get the best results when you get the best of both of these worlds. A medical esthetician will work with your doctor to make sure that your esthetic program is enhancing the medical care you’re getting. Ideally, choose a dermatologist with an in-house esthetician.

Consult with Your Dermatologist: Talk to your dermatologist about your goals for your skin and body, to get their expert recommendations on the best cosmetic treatments and the skin care routine for you. 

Chronic conditions like rosacea and acne sometimes can’t be treated overnight, so you want to give yourself ample time for the appropriate treatment plan to work for you. If there is something that you’ve been thinking about like CoolSculpting, liposuction or Ultherapy to help get you to your goal face and body, then talk about it with your dermatologist to schedule.  Again, you will need a couple of months to get your maximum results, so you want to schedule appropriately. 

• Schedule Beauty Appointments: Schedule appointments for laser treatments and any other procedures that you may want with your dermatologist. If you want laser hair removal, photofacials/IPL, or other treatments that require multiple sessions at least 4 weeks apart then you need to start early. Some treatments are also better done during certain seasons (like fall-winter) so you need some time to plan. 

Schedule any small (or large) surgeries you may want/need. If there is something you want removed like moles, then you want as much healing time as possible. You want to make sure the area has ample time to heal so it looks like nothing was ever there! The longer you have, the better.

• Get Your Skin Care Routine Together: Talk with your dermatologist and esthetician (preferably in the same office so you have one cohesive plan) about skin care so that you start using the right products to achieve and maintain best results. Since skin care is an ongoing process, it’s never too early to start!

Refer to our Age Like a Celebrity checklists for our general recommendations on optimal skin care routines, and make an appointment with Dr. Steele to get a personalized plan, designed according to your specific beauty situation and goals.

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6 Months Before Your Wedding

• Get Injectables: If you’ve been thinking about Botox, Dysport or Xeomin or Fillers then do them now. It is likely that you’ll need a touch up before the big day, but you can try on these procedures and make sure that you absolutely love what they do for the way you look.

It’s like doing a hair and make-up trial! 🙂 Also, you’ll look great for pre-wedding activities like showers, bachelorette parties and photo shoots.

• Get Chemical Peels, Dermaplaning, Facials, and Microneedling: These are the go-to procedures to get your skin looking flawless—they will make your skin even, radiant, and smooth. You’ll likely need a series of them though to get rid of damaged, discolored and textured layers of skin.

You’ll love any one treatment of any one of these procedures, but it’s sort of like exercise – you have to keep doing it and you have to do more than just one exercise to get the best results!

• Get CoolSculpting or Liposuction: At this point, you likely have a good idea of what parts of your body are your “problem areas”, i.e. those pockets of fat that just don’t go away as easily as the rest. Now is the time to do something about them!

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive way to remove fat cells and liposuction is the fastest and most immediate way to remove fat cells. In either case, the procedures are easy, but you may need a couple of months to get your ultimate result, so now is the time.

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2-3 Months Before Your Wedding

At this point in the game – carry on! By now you should have a pretty good regimen from your dermatologist and esthetician, so you can just stick with the plan.

• Continue Your Daily Skin Care Regimen: Be sure to check in with your dermatologist periodically to change products as your skin changes (improves) and the seasons change.

• Continue Your Treatment Plan: Continue with routine facials, chemical peels, dermaplaning, and microneedling as recommended to maintain the results your’ve gotten thus far.

• Schedule Treatment Followups: Follow up on any procedures that you’ve had done like CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, liposuction, mole removal, etc. to make sure that everything is looking perfect.

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1 Month Before Your Wedding

• Get Touched Up: You may need a little touch up of any Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or Fillers that you may have had to make sure that they are in full effect for the big day.

• Treat Your Loved Ones: If you’ve been loving your esthetic treatments then share the love with those who will share your big day with you. Suggest to bridesmaids, friends, mom or future mom-in law that they get a little pampering and sprucing up as well.They’ve likely been putting in a lot of time and energy to celebrate you so they’d love the treat and it will ensure that the whole wedding party looks gorgeous.

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1 – 2 Weeks Before Your Wedding

Pencil in a Dermatologist Appointment: Hopefully you don’t need it, but if you’re like most brides, your stress level is sky high at this point with family coming into town, last minute guest changes, and other final wedding details! Your skin may not be reacting well to the stress so you may need some emergency fixes to make sure your skin doesn’t go haywire on you and to quickly fix it if it does.

• Get Your Finishing Touches: Time to get a final light chemical peel, facial, or dermaplaning to give your skin a glow for the big day – ideally about one week before your wedding. Your esthetician/dermatologist will have gotten very familiar with your skin at this point and will be able to suggest something that is just enough to make you look absolutely amazing for your day.

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Get Started: Design Your Personalized Bridal Beauty Checklists

Save this article to remind you of your monthly to-do’s before you exchange your “I do”s, and contact us to be your wedding planners for all things beauty!

Whether you want to tone down, tighten up, or address blemishes before your big day – it all starts with designing your wedding day game plan with your dermatologist.

Make an appointment on our website and follow Steele Dermatology on social media for more advice for getting even more beautiful before your big day! 🙂

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