Beauty Timeline

Beauty Timeline

When you look at everything that needs to go into planning your wedding - the venue, dress, catering, guest list, etc - a beauty regime may not be seen as a priority.

We have put together this beauty timeline so you can work it in with your planning schedule to make sure you look perfect on your special day.

Keep in mind that this timeline should only be used as a guideline….feel free to only include what you want and exclude what you don’t. Also keep in mind that many of the treatments can be done at home (DIY), so if you have a tight budget don't worry to much about it.

12 Months before…


If you have dreamt of having long flowy locks on your wedding day and, like me, you had a pixie hairstyle when you got engaged it is best to start growing asap. But don’t worry - if you don’t have enough time to grow your hair to the length you want it you just need to get it bob; this is the perfect length to have hair extensions put in. You also need to look at colouring, especially if you want to go with something different on the wedding day. Now is the time to experiment because if it turns out not to work you still have time to fix it.


If you are prone to flare-ups and breakouts it can be a reaction to certain food groups. You can start a food journal to determine which groups are to blame and then start avoiding them so you can make sure your skin is radiant on the day. This can also save you money from having to see a specialist and using expensive products and treatments. It’s also always a good thing to start a good skincare routine, just to make sure your skin gets that little bit extra.


It’s now a good time to look into treatments that require down-time after a session. For example, laser hair removal or IPL treatment for broken veins and pigmentation.

Start Taking Supplements

Taking supplements can benefit you greatly. Certain supplements like fish oil for example do wonders for your hair and nails, Vitamin D is very good for your skin and Vitamin C and B12 will help keep your immune system strong and will help prevent you from getting sick - not only on the wedding day but also during your planning stages. You don’t want to go cake tasting or dress shopping when you have the flu.

Exercise and Healthy Eating

When I say exercise and healthy eating it does not mean you have to go all out and exercise 5 hours a day while only eating carrots… - you can maybe take a 30min walk in the mornings or a quick workout at home 2 or 3 times a week. You can also look at introducing more fruit and vegetables into your diet and maybe cutting back on the sugars and starches. Regular exercise and healthy eating will not only make you look good but feel good as well. It is always good to get into certain routines early on as it will be easier to stick to them as the big day approaches - and maybe thereafter as well.

Weight Loss

The best way to lose weight before your wedding is to consult a specialist who can give you a nutrition and fitness plan. Do not binge diet and remember that once you have lost the weight you will need to maintain it. Your other option of course is to reconsider losing weight - remember that your fiancé asked you to marry him just the way you are!!

Sleep and Water

The old cliché….but there is truth to it. So be sure to drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep as often as you can.


Planning a wedding can be quite stressful… a couple of ideas to help keep the stress at bay is to take up yoga or meditation classes twice a month or book one night a week for some non-wedding fun or quiet time to regroup. If required you can book a day at the spa for a massage and a nice glass of wine.

6 Months before…

  • This is a great time to really ramp up the fitness regime and start concentrating on the key areas you want to improve. The idea here isn’t to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount for your wedding, but rather to feel like your healthiest, happiest self.
  • Take your skincare a notch up by starting your monthly peels or facials. You last peel or facial should be no less than 2 weeks before the wedding; this will give your face time for any red marks to settle down.
  • Get your spray tan - now is a good time to test it out so you know what to expect, what colour works best for you and if it does not work there is enough time for it to fade before your wedding. If you are happy with the results book another session a week before the wedding.
  • Start looking at hair styles and which colour will look best and discuss them with your hairdresser so that he/she can start to work towards your target shade.

3 Months before…

  • Book a weekly (or bi-weekly) manicure and pedicure.
  • If you have very unruly eyebrows book a monthly brow-grooming appointment to ensure they are nicely shaped for the big day.
  • Finalize your hair colour and get any split ends trimmed. This will strangely enough encourage you your hair to grow.

1,5 Months before…

  • Book your final hair and makeup trial - book them at the same time so you can see the complete look and then, if necessary, make any changes. If the style you want requires your hair to be chemically straightened or curled, this is the time to do it. Just schedule a touch-up for three weeks before the wedding. Also remember to bring any accessories, such as your veil or hairpieces, to your trial and to take pictures once you've got your look nailed down to remember the details and see how everything will look in photos.

3 Weeks before…

  • If required get the final hair colour and cut - now is not the time to try something new, so stick to the style and colour you have decided on.
  • Get your final facial, mani-pedi, brow grooming and any required waxing
  • Do a deep-conditioning treatment for softer, shinier hair once a week for the next 3 weeks.
  • The groom may want to try out a professional shave to see if it agrees with him and if so he can get one the day before the wedding - or if his beard grows fast - the day of the wedding.

1 Week before…

  • Invest in good body scrub to use daily in the shower/bath and then moisturize afterwards with a good body butter.
  • If you are opting for gel or acrylic nails now is the time.
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and make sure you get a good night’s sleep this whole week to prevent you from becoming run down.
  • Avoid sugar, salt, dairy, starch, processed foods and of course alcohol - this will prevent any puffiness and give you a good complexion.
  • Put together your bridal emergency kit.

1 Day before…

  • Wash your hair - most styles do best with “day-old” hair.
  • Drink lots of water to make sure you and your skin are properly hydrated.
  • Then just relax….book a spa day for you and your bridal party and have a proper de-stress massage. You have worked hard to get everything organized and deserve some time to wind down.
  • Take a long bath, burn some essential oils and listen to some relaxing music.
  • And very importantly…get a good night’s sleep!

The Day Of…

  • Eat a healthy breakfast and light lunch to ensure your energy levels stay up….no sugary French toast.
  • Allow plenty of time to get ready - doing your hair and make-up at least 2-3 hours before the ceremony
  • Wear a button up shirt or robe so you don’t have to pull a shirt over your hairdo
  • Use your usual perfume, it is the one your fiancé is used too and your wedding day is not the time to use something unfamiliar.
  • Take a deep breath - be present and soak in every moment of this special day.