(Above Image from Rico-A-Mona Bridal)
One of the best parts of any wedding is the pre-wedding photographs that will be your keepsake for the rest of your life. Let us share with you some tips and preparation to take note of before your shoot.
1) Tips on Hair
The Bride should wash her hair the night before and not on the day itself. The MUA will want to work with clean and dry hair, but washing it just before the shoot can be counterproductive. Women with thick hair may not be able to dry the hair completely before the shoot, and the moisture can make creating a lasting updo difficult since the hair’s texture and volume changes as it dries.
Avoid using conditioner and serum the night before, as it will make your hair too smooth for hair styling.
If you have coloured hair, you need to look at topping up your root colour at least 1 week before your shoot date. It is recommended to have one uniform hair colour as having different patches of colour on your hair might affect the overall look of your hair-do.
2) Tips on reducing water retention
Cut high sodium foods out of your diet at least a week before the shoot– salt absorbs water and causes water retention. Eat more bananas – they are rich in potassium that helps to eliminate fluid retention
Reduce water intake the night before and ensure that you have enough sleep the day before the shoot. If you wake up with puffy eyes in the morning, you can use this simple cold spoon remedy to get rid of it.
– Chill 5 or 6 metal spoons in your freezer for 10 minutes.
– Hold the round portion of the cold spoon against your eye for a few minutes until the spoon becomes warm. As the spoon warms, replace it with another cold one from the refrigerator.
3) Tips on bridal nails
Nail polish shades
Soft pink has always been the most popular shade for brides as the shade is very elegant and warm-up skin tones. The colour of the bride’s dress, shoes and make-up influence the nail shade. As the bride will most likely be wearing a few outfits for the shoot, she has to ensure that the shade will match all outfits.
Classic nails that are neat and sophisticated, shaped into a natural soft-square keeps nails strong and fingers looking slender. Don’t experiment with anything the day before your wedding and avoid nail art or anything that is not going to look good when you are going back through your wedding photos many years later.
4) Tips on Shoes
A pair of heels completes the whole finishing look on that perfect gown. However do ensure that dreamy 4-inch stilettos will not leave you towering over your husband-to-be. Do bring your husband-to-be along when you are shopping for your heels.
Bring along a pair of flats slippers or flats to wear in between, as it is difficult to walk around in heels at some outdoor locations.
Tips on Groom Shoes
Grooms basically have three colour options – black, brown or white – but what you choose most definitely depends on what you are wearing on the rest of your body. Traditionally a black shoe is considered the more formal option. If you are wearing any dark coloured outfit (with the exception of navy) then black shoes are a must.
Brown shoes can be worn with navy blue, grey, brown and white suits – so long as it is not too light a brown – or if you are going for a more relaxed look across the whole of your outfit. They can also help to add a bit of subtle country chic feel to the look.