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Meet Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at HollywoodLife.com and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's going to share each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles.
I picked out my gorgeous Monique Lhuillier wedding dress exactly one year ago and I absolutely love it. But after my first dress fitting (I had five!), I started to say okay, enough with the customized napkins, and worrying about the flowers, I've got to look killer in my dress! That led me to the next four things ...
Make Exercising Fun
All women talk about getting into the best shape of their life for their big day, and that's totally admirable. But honestly, between my morning TV show on VH1 and working 12 hour days at Hollywood Life, I don't have time nor the energy to hit the gym for an hour every day. My trick? I made it fun! I signed up for Pilates classes at my local gym in New York City, which got me toned — but it wasn't so incredibly difficult that I felt like dying after. Try and workout a few times a week and watch what you eat, but don't starve yourself!
I wear makeup all the time for my show and I started to develop an uneven texture that my makeup artist Julie Tussey would remind me about constantly. To ensure I have the most flawless skin ever while walking down the aisle, I started getting facials three months ago — and they've completely transformed my skin. "Brides always want to look fresh and glow on their wedding day, but unfortunately no amount of makeup will get them this if their skin isn't treated and refreshed underneath," my facilist Dr. Stephen Greenberg explains. "A facial will help you attain a flawless makeup look or even a great fresh face if going natural is your preference."
Don't Forget About Your Smile
I didn't think about this until six weeks before the big day, but at-home remedies just weren't working for me. My fiancé (seen above in our engagement pic!) got his pearly whites professionally whitened before, so I decided to give it a try. I went to Dr. Victoria Veytsman, founder of Cosmetic Dental Studios in NYC, who not only made my teeth sparkle, but she also shared some of her expert advice: "If you are happy with your smile, but your teeth are stained from things like coffee or red wine, whitening is a great way to brighten your smile by three to five shades," Dr. Veytsman explains. "It's best to do your whitening procedure at your dentist's office about two weeks prior to your wedding to allow the color to stabilize. Also it is important to avoid dark or staining foods for 24 hours following the procedure because this may cause additional staining."
Sleep, Sleep and Sleep!
I could not be happier getting married to the man of my dreams, but every girl must get sleep! You don't want to be a zombie on your wedding day, plus dark circles are so unflattering and hard to cover ...