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The Wedding Beauty Routine You Need to Start 1 Month Before the Big Day

It's crunch time.

Alyssa Greenberg

The wedding is officially just a handful of weeks away and the big day will be here in the blink of an eye. When you hit the one-month countdown—a moment that seemed so far away when the wedding planning begun—everything is pretty much in place, with just a few finishing touches remaining on the to-do list. The same can be said about your wedding beauty timeline, as just like every checklist tied to wedding planning, there are still a few more to-dos.

So let's get to it, below!

1. Hair, hair, hair.

Your hair trials should be done at this point, so it's time to hit the salon for the final touch-ups before the big day. Xavier Velasquez, hair stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda in NYC recommends seeing your stylist four to six weeks leading up to the wedding to shape your current style. "Avoid any big changes [at this point] especially if you have already done a trial run for how you will style hair on the wedding day." If you're wearing your hair down, he suggests going in one to two weeks before the wedding for a bang trim (if applicable) and a dusting, the technique stylists use to clean up damaged ends without compromising length.

"You should also plan to get your hair colored one to two weeks before the wedding," adds Stephanie Brown, colorist at Nunzio Saviano in NYC. If you don't color your hair, Brown says a gloss is a good option for enhancing your hair's shine and vibrancy. Either way, your hair will look better than ever.

2. Get serious about your sleep.

Getting a solid night's sleep is easier said than done, especially for busy brides-to-be with a million things on that to-do list. Use the final month before the wedding as an excuse to focus on those precious eight hours and make it a priority turn down at a decent hour. "This might require prioritizing exercise and avoiding sleep-busting habits like binge-watching TV before bed or drinking caffeine late in the day," says Casper's in-house sleep expert Theresa Fisher. Whether you need a new pillow, a chic silk sleeping mask, or a sound machine, do what you have to do to get those Zs in.

3. Try a spray tan.

Whether you know you want a bronzed look on the big day or on the fence about a faux glow, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans recommends doing a trial run that aligns with your final dress fitting (usually about two to four weeks from the wedding). "This way, a bride can see if she likes the tan shade or decide if she wants to go lighter or darker," she says. "You should definitely experiment with different shades well in advance of the wedding so you can decide the depth of glow you prefer." St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mist is a beginner-friendly product that allows the user to spray as little or as much as desired for results that can range from a barely-there glow to a full-on bronzed tan.

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4. Whiten your teeth.

The time has come to take the plunge and brighten those pearly whites. After all, they do say pictures last a lifetime. Dr. Lana Rozenberg DDS at Rozenberg Dental NYC recommends the Zoom! QuickPro whitening treatment for brides with limited time. "This is a perfect treatment for the bride with a busy schedule since it is super fast, taking only 10 minutes in the office including the application of the whitening gels and instructions," she tells Brides. One treatment can result in a smile that's four shades lighter and will last for up to six months. Even if you end up pushing perfecting your smile to the bottom of your to-do list, rest assured you can still dazzle with those pearly whites on your wedding day. "Brides can have this done just a few days before the wedding—including the day before—since there is no downtime and no sensitivity after the treatment," says Dr. Rozenberg.

5. Amp up the workouts.

If you've been on your health journey for a few months now, it's time to step it up. "If you are working out three days a week, add a fourth. If you are working out a couple of times a week, add an extra workout or two," suggests Anna Kaiser, founder of AKT in Motion. It's all about what works for you—however, the main rule of thumb in the few weeks leading up to the big day according to Kaiser is, "Every workout should get and keep your heart rate pumping for at least 70 percent of the workout."

See More: 42 Things All Brides Should Do the Week of Their Wedding

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