The Essential 4 Week Wedding Countdown

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share exactly what you need to do to prepare for an upcoming wedding – whether you’re the bride or a guest! – with a four week prep countdown covering everything from the perfect skin routine to picking out necessary undergarments.

So, you’re tying the knot this year? Congratulations! As a fellow bride-to-be, I can honestly say that being engaged has been one of the most exciting experiences in life thus far! However, it has also been one of the most stressful times as well.

The biggest piece advice I can give as your wedding date nears? Make a plan!

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Of course, you’ve already got the flowers, the dress and the décor taken care of. But what about the little personal details – the steps necessary to get glowing skin, shiny hair, that sun-kissed glow, and more? The good news is, it’s not overly complicated! All it takes is a little planning ahead, and a few key products from Meijer.

Follow this four week countdown plan, and you’ll be smooth sailing!

Four Weeks Out: Glowing Skin Routine

Why start with skin? Because you’ll want to allow as much time for it to soak up the benefits of your new skincare routine! Keep it simple with a few key products to brighten, smooth and moisturize, and you’ll have a beautiful, healthy glow on your big day!

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Start with a detoxifying and brightening face wash.

As you already know, the struggle to manage wedding stress is real, which can lead to a dull, uneven complexion. To combat this, I love using this L’Oreal clay cleanser, which turns into a luxurious mousse as you rub it into your skin. It’s comprised of charcoal – which is a magnet for oil and toxins – and, with regular use, leaves you with a much brighter, even complexion.

Clear pores.

I’ve used these strips from Biore for years, but I love them even more now that they’ve come out with a charcoal version! As mentioned above, charcoal is one of the most effective ingredients in ridding your pores of toxins and impurities, and these strips are essential for clearing pores! Plus, they reduce oil by up to 3X, which is key to making your makeup last on your big day! Apply one to wet skin after washing your face once per week.

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Hydrate, balance and minimize pores with a mask.

Sheet masks are everywhere right now, for good reason, and this sheet mask from L’Oreal does not disappoint. It packs so many powerful benefits into one little 10 minute mask session! Another added benefit of sheet masks: you have to lie down to apply them. So you can think of it as a small moment of required relaxation.

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Turn on your essential oil diffuser for an added treat as you let your mask do its magic! Afterword, your skin is super hydrated, your pores are minimized and your complexion is buttery smooth, allowing for a much smoother makeup application! Do this at least once per week.

Other tips: Remember, you are what you eat! Munch on as many dark, leafy greens as you can, as well as berries and grapes – all are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants that will make your skin glow from within! Meijer has an awesome selection of organic produce to choose from to make grocery shopping before your big day a lot easier.

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Three Weeks Out: Strong, Shiny Hair

Another unfortunate side effect of wedding stress? Dull hair. Yikes! Three weeks out, start applying a hair mask after you shampoo. I love Garnier’s “Whole Blends” masks, which target different problem areas depending on your individual needs. My hair tends to be on the dry side, so I chose the Hydrating Blends Mask with Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk. The entire line is made of natural ingredients without harmful parabens that are found in a lot of other hair products!

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To apply, shampoo your hair right away when you get in the shower, then follow with the mask. If you can, apply a shower cap over the top and let the hot shower steam amplify the benefits of the mask. Leave on for at least three minutes, but preferably longer. Rinse right before you get out, and style as usual.

Two Weeks Out: The Right Accessories

As your wedding nears closer, it’s time to start thinking about a few different accessories you’ll need to stock up on to prepare for the big day!

The “under” accessories

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You’ve been thinking about the dress for months, but what about what you’re wearing under the dress? With so many backless and strapless dress styles now, it can be tough to find the right bra!

I have two favorites, both made by a brand called “Lingerie Solutions” which can be found in Meijer’s lingerie department. There are individual “adhesive bra” cups which are the best “barely there” solution. I also love the “Shantina Lite” molded adhesive cups, that will also give you a lot of “cinch” and “oomph” if you so please! The bra is also washable and reusable, so you’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

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For underwear, go with something comfortable and nude colored, so you can ensure there won’t be any show through your white dress! Meijer has quite a few options, like this thong by Simple Pleasures – and a ton of shape wear too, if that’s more your style!

Hair + makeup accessories

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Be prepared for hair and makeup mishaps and pack your MOH’s purse or makeup bag with extra bobby pins and hair ties (I love the Goody’s kind!) There will inevitably be hair snafus on the dance floor, and if you plan ahead, you can fix them in only a few seconds! (Because not jumping to “Shout” just because you’re afraid of your hair falling out would be an utter travesty).

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I also love ELF’s duo lip primer and plumping stick, to ensure your lipstick stays on all night!

One Week Out: Polished Hands + Feet

Eeek! 7 days away! Time to start polishing those hands and feet!

By now, hopefully everything is planned out to a T, and you can really start to sit back and relax!

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There’s no better way to do that than soaking in a warm bath and applying a luxurious salt scrub like Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub. Whole sugar grains will make your skin insanely smooth (especially the problem areas, like your feet!) and it’s made with Shea Nut Oil to lock in moisture. Plus, it’s made with all-natural extracts and is also paraben-free!

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After applying the scrub, I like to rinse off and follow up with Jergens Natural Glow Firming lotion! It only takes a few days to start seeing a nice, natural-looking hint of glow. If you don’t want to opt for a spray tan on your big day, this is a really great natural-looking and budget-friendly way to get some color.

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For a great DIY pedicure and manicure, apply Cutex Moisture Rich foot cream to feet and paint nails with a pretty ballet pink color, which is the perfect neutral for your nuptials! My favorite is Essie’s Gel Couture no-chip nail polish in Fairy Tailor. It’s by far the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used, so you won’t have to worry about chipping as you’re stepping into your dress!

That’s it! Congratulations! You are officially ready for your big day!

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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