On her wedding day, a bride should be the most beautiful person in the room and she should look like the best version of herself. But that is a lot easier said than done. Looking and feeling great on your wedding day should never come at a cost, but rather be achieved through strategic planning and preparation. So, what should you be doing to make sure you dazzle and glow while gliding down the aisle?

Many brides want to have beautiful, flawless skin on their wedding day, especially if they have a dress that’s a bit revealing. And while there is nothing wrong with acne, scars or other skin imperfections, you can talk to a dermatologist to see if there is something that can be done. Schedule an appointment a few months in advance, because you might have to go through several treatments before the wedding, with breaks in between each one. Make sure you are using the proper skincare: sunscreen, moisturizer and face wash should be in your daily repertoire, along with drinking plenty of water and eating food rich in antioxidants. If you have tattoos that you want to show off, you can have them touched up several weeks before the big day, or exfoliate your skin the night before to make them appear more vibrant.

A beautiful hairstyle can only be achieved with beautiful hair, and that means day-to-day care. Try to avoid using heat in your hair routine, since it damages the hair, and opt for hairstyles that don’t require the excessive use of heat for your everyday look. Make sure you are using a quality shampoo and conditioner, and if you feel like your hair is getting dry or weak, use a serum or a mask to give it a boost. Try out your wedding hairstyle at least once before the wedding, and wear it for a full day. This will allow you to see just how practical the hairstyle really is. If you are planning to dye your hair for the big day, dye it at least a couple of days in advance to leave enough time for correcting potential mistakes in case the color doesn’t turn out as you wanted.

Having an ideal body means a different thing to everyone, but you want to make sure you are healthy and energized enough to be able to withstand all the planning and the whole day of partying. Forget about any “flash diets”, because they will only leave you feeling ill, and if you drop a dress size or two, your gown might not fit properly. Have a balanced diet and do moderate exercises a few times a week. If at the end of the day, you’re still not satisfied with your shape, you can opt for body sculpting to make sure you like every single part of your body.

We’ve already talked about your skin, but there are other things on your face you should pay attention to. After long months of planning, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, with puffy eyes and dark circles around them. While makeup can cover the color, placing two cold spoons on your eyes will reduce the puffiness and wake you up instantly. As for your brows, if you are planning to tweeze or wax them, you should do it a couple of days in advance to make sure all the redness passes before the wedding. Exfoliate your lips either with your toothbrush or with a natural exfoliator, to make sure they are ready for the kiss. If you want to wow everyone with your smile, you can get your teeth whitened a week before the wedding, and rest assured that your smile will match your dress.
Have several dress rehearsals and wear your gown for a few days, to make sure it’s comfortable and that it stays in place. Break your shoes in by wearing them around the house, and try a couple of different makeup looks to see which one you like best. If you feel sick or sluggish in the days leading up to the wedding, take a break and make sure you get your health to an optimal level – because other people can take care of the flower arrangements, but nobody can walk down that aisle instead of you.