Bridal Beauty Diaries: Lauren – Time for a Little Pampering


I have just about reached my “stress threshold” with work, my last semester of graduate school, and wedding planning. Not that any of it is bad; it’s all just coming to a head at once. Thankfully, things should be settling down in about a week and become manageable once again, yay! With all of that being said, I’m really looking forward to pampering myself a little in the final stretch to the wedding.

Since I have such a “type A” personality, I already scheduled my hair appointments and monthly facials from now until a couple weeks before the wedding. I’m not planning on doing anything drastic with my hair close to the wedding date. I didn’t want to have to worry about having a disaster on my hands. I figured that if I honed in on the hair color earlier in the year, then I wouldn’t have to deal with any catastrophic events. I have been working with my hair stylist over the past year to figure out exactly what kind of color I want. I ended up settling on something that looks close to my natural color, with a little added oomph.

One of the most important beauty routines I have in preparation for the wedding is making sure my skin is in top-notch condition by getting monthly facials. I’m trying to do anything in my power to avoid a gigantic zit in the middle of my face on the big day. My aesthetician is awesome. She already has a game plan on what we are going to do at each treatment leading up to the wedding.


After having my first wedding dress fitting a couple of weeks ago, I was told that I cannot lose or gain any weight at this point. This is fine with me since I’m pretty happy where I am. However, I would like to tone up a little before the wedding. Unfortunately, this will have to wait until the school semester is over, which isn’t for another five weeks.

Since hands play a major role when the rings are exchanged at the ceremony and shown throughout the wedding reception, I really need to make a conscious effort to take better care of my nails and cuticles. In recent years, I’ve been much better about keeping my fingernails filed nicely, but my cuticles are looking pretty rough. I’m going to have to start religiously dousing them with cuticle cream so they look nice and smooth by the wedding.

I am very happy to say that in five days, I will be seeing Dr. Collins for my last Invisalign appointment! I can’t believe the treatment is already over, it seems like it went by so quickly and I am thrilled with the results. My bottom teeth are now even and straight. I guess I really didn’t realize how crooked they were until now. The completion of the treatment couldn’t be timed better. My teeth will be looking perfect just in time for the wedding. During this last appointment, I will also be talking to Dr. Collins about whitening to further perfect my smile in time for the big day.

Disclosure: I have received complimentary Invisalign treatment from Align Technology, Inc. in exchange for blogging about my bridal journey and treatment, and all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Tiana and Lauren

The two brides-to-be were chosen by Martha Stewart Weddings and Invisalign® clear aligners to blog about their wedding preparations in the Bridal Beauty Diaries.Tiana, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, is planning two celebrations. Her husband-to-be is Turkish and the two will have a wedding in his home country as well. Lauren, from Winter Springs, FL, is juggling the demands of work and...


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