We LOVE a good wedding at Sugar HQ. Shucks. Just thinking about 'em gets us all teary-eyed. But they're not easy. As well as finding your significant other (kinda mandatory), a girl's gotta look her absolute mind-blowing-freakin'-once-in-a-lifetime best. Looking good ain't gonna cut it. And no one's feeling the pressure quite as much as Kate sorry Catherine Middleton right now. Not only has she got to impress a Prince, she's got the eyes of a nation, nay, a world on her. And with the date set at April 29, she has just five months. Pressure. But 'tis cool, Catherine. We've got your back.
FIVE MONTHS OUT: Start monthly facials. Eve Lom is the go-to facialist in the UK. The creator of what British Vogue called "possibly the best cleanser in the world" is where the industry's predicting Kate will head. Now's also the time to start planning the look you think you'll want in case it requires you to grow your hair. On that note, it's regular trims every 6-8 weeks from here on out to have your hair in tip-top condition for the big day. And start looking after yourself. A healthy diet and some meditation will do wonders for your skin.
Keep reading . . .THREE MONTHS OUT: Book your experts. By now, you should have a hairstylist, makeup artist and nail technician booked. It's always best to go on recommendations and see pictures of their work first. If you're having a wedding far out, remember to check and see if they're willing to travel to you — you do not want to be travelling for two hours in your hair and makeup — and any additional costs that will involve. We wonder if Kate'll pick Anna Partington, the hairdresser it was revealed she's related too? Or might she go for acclaimed session stylist Malcolm Edwards who created the Issa A/W 2010 look. 'Tis her fave fash brand after all.
ONE MONTH OUT: Now's the time for testing everything. Try different spray tans, see which (if any) you like. If you do decide to get one, be sure and get it TWO days before so it can fade and look subtle. And not come off on your dress. Go for the trial run of your makeup and ask the makeup artist what lip shade she's using so you can buy that and use it for touch-ups on the big day. Go to the dentist and get your teeth cleaned. Up the ante on any cellulite busters and creams.
TWO WEEKS OUT: Get your hair cut. Unless you have bangs, it's best to cut your hair two weeks out so it has time to grow back a little and feel 'natural'. Have your last facial. Don't go for any closer to the wedding in case you have some kind of reaction. Unlikely, but you've come this far, we don't need anything to mess it up now!
ONE WEEK OUT: Get all your waxing done. Don't leave it to the last minute. You'll have a thousand and one things to do and you need the redness to calm down.
DAY BEFORE: Get your mani and pedi. You don't want to get them on the actual day as they may not have time to dry. Avoid food that bloats you and cut back on salt and alcohol. Red, puffy eyes on your wedding day is not a good look. Get your eight hours and remember your eye cream!
ON THE DAY: Start early! Most pros will start work on the bride at least three hours before the ceremony so that everything stays calm and there's room to fix up any mistakes. Remember your clutch essentials: bobby pins, tissues, nail file and lipstick. Relax, smile and pinch yourself. One day you'll be Queen!