My Bridal Beauty Routine

I don’t know who came up with this insane idea that a girl has to look “most beautiful” on her wedding day. But as a bride, I can tell you that the pressure is real…very very real. Perhaps it’s pressure I’m putting on myself, because not only will 200 pairs of eyeballs be directly on me on October 11th, but I’ll also have thousands of pictures documenting the way I look on that particular day. Just thinking about that makes me want to grab a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream and curl up on the couch under a blanket. Yikes.imagesOkay, so maybe “most beautiful” is too much pressure. But I do want to FEEL good on the big day. Physically, mentally, emotionally…I want to be on my “A” game on all accounts. So today let’s chat about all of the things I’ve been up to over the last 9 months so I can look and feel my best on October 11th…Wide-Shot

 BODY:

I’m not a believer in “diets.” Instead, I’m in the camp where I would much rather workout, so I can eat and drink what I want.  I’ve always been fairly athletic, but with the wedding I knew I wanted to take things up a notch. For the past few months I’ve been doing a bridal boot camp 3 days a week. It’s pretty intense, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my arms and stomach. The number on the scale hasn’t really changed, but I feel much more toned. The boot camp is actually pretty awesome, because it’s full of other girls just like me. We love chatting about all things wedding (on water breaks of course!) and it’s been great to swap advice with other brides. I’ll probably continue with that even after the wedding, just because it’s a really great combo of cardio and strength. [Chicago ladies, this is the boot camp if you’re interested. Not sponsored, just really love it there!] I’ve also been walking to and from work just about everyday, which adds up to just less than 4 miles each day. To add a little intensity over these last couple weeks, I’ve also been doing Shred 415 classes. Whoa baby…now these are super intense. It’s four 15 minute intervals, with two on the treadmill and the other two with weights. I leave a sweaty, tired mess each time. All of these workout classes aren’t just helping me tone up, they’re also helping me escape from all of the chaos of these days right before the wedding. It’s nice to take an hour of “me time” and not think about table numbers, budgets, and wedding timelines.

AppleIn terms of food, I’ve just tried to cut out a lot of processed garbage. I eat fairly “clean”, but I’ve been known to have a bowl of cereal (or 3) at night and count that as a dinner. Finn and I have both been trying to cook more protein and veggies each week, so we’re less likely to order Thai food for dinner. I feel like every time I cave and eat something “naughty” the wedding gods are looking down at me with disappointment. I’ve also really upped my water intake, so I can have that nice “bridal glow.” On the weekends I opt for coconut water for extra electrolytes, especially since I’m usually having a cocktail or two at night. Vanilla-Bean-Bath-Soap

SKIN:

Continuing with the “bridal glow” topic, I’ve been doing my best to keep my skin looking good. For the most part, I stayed out of the sun this summer. If I was out, I always wore sunglasses and 55spf sunscreen on my face. I tried my best to avoid tan lines on my shoulders and back, but I may have some faint lines that need to be covered.

I’m a big bathtub girl (yeah I know some people think baths are gross…#sorryimnotsorry), so I’ve tried to limit my tub time so as not to dry out my skin. I’ve also added a face mask to my weekly routine, and I still use my clarisonic brush every other day. So far no zits to be found, and fingers crossed I don’t wake up next Saturday with a big one…Essie-Nail-PolishHAIR & NAILS:

You may have noticed that my hair is getting long. Like super long. I’ve been growing it out for the wedding, and I’ve been doing my best to keep it healthy. Less shampooing, and more deep conditioning for this blondie. That also means a lot less blow drying, and a lot more top knots. I actually just found these amazing spiral hair pins that I use to make my top knots (in picture above.) No need for a rubber band….2 of these should keep your hair secure. They’re awesome and I feel like my hair isn’t quite as damaged because of them.

I also worked with my hair stylist to schedule my highlights and haircuts prior to the wedding. I’m getting my hair colored today (woo hoo!) so it is fresh for next Saturday. My stylist and I also planned out my exact colors ahead of time, so I don’t have any scary blue hair moments like from Bride Wars…


Although if anyone can pull off blue hair, it’s Kate Hudson 😉

As for my nails, well my nails pretty much suck. I’m a hardcore nail biter. Yes, again it’s gross…but I can’t help it! I have stubby little fingers and stubby nails to go along with them. I’ve been growing out my nails so I don’t have to get fake ones put on for the wedding. My plan is to go next Friday and do a gel french manicure. Hopefully they’re long enough and I don’t munch on them before walking down the aisle.

Bridal-Beauty-RoutineMAKEUP:

Luckily, I’ll have my makeup professionally done for the big day. Although I did have to purchase my lip color prior to my makeup trial in August. I ended up going to Sephora, where I proceeded to try on about 10 different colors. Finally, I chose a lipstick and a lip pencil. I then went to pay…only to find out it was $82 total. Holy smokes. $52 just for the lipstick alone. I was flabbergasted, yet I felt so bad that I went ahead and made the purchase. Days later I went back, and I ended up exchanging my items for much more reasonably priced alternatives. Wow…I didn’t even know lipstick could be so expensive!

Book-Married-For-LifeMIND:

Finally, I’ve been doing my best to rest and enjoy these last few weeks before our wedding. Even though we have a lot going on, I’ve tried to hop in bed early each night to do a bit of reading before attempting to get in a good 8-9 hours of rest. It’s a great way to unwind, and it stills my mind before my head hits the pillow.

Finn’s Aunt gave us this book at our wedding shower, and I’ve loved reading a couple of pages each night at bedtime. The book offers advice from couples who have been married 50 years or longer.

Married-for-Life-BookThe words of wisdom and marriage tips are priceless, and it reminds me that October 11th is just the start of our life together. Casey-SoloOf course I want to be a beautiful bride next weekend, but I know that in the end it won’t really matter if my hair is frizzy, I have a zit on my nose, or my nails aren’t perfectly manicured. I’ll only be thinking about my handsome groom at the end of the aisle, and the beautiful life we have planned together. casey_sig

 

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  • Danielle

    I’m quickly approaching my one year anniversary (November 3) and I remember those last few days of jitters! Just know that none of the “stuff” really matters – the whole day is about you and your man and the love you share!
    My one suggestion is to try to take every single moment in and implant it in your memory as best you can. I only had a few sips of champagne throughout the day (honestly all I wanted was water! That dress was heavy) and saved my drinking til the after party, which I know helped me remember all those special moments even more.
    Congratulations and wishing you the best of luck!!!

    • Danielle,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and the wonderful advice. I’m going to do my best to take it all in and enjoy every minute of the day! Happy Almost Anniversary!

      xo,
      Casey

  • Jacquelyn

    Congratulations! How exciting! I married my awesome husband in April, so the experience is quite fresh. I was doing very well with the whole bridal beauty routine myself until about three weeks before our big day. Disaster hit in the form of a sudden, unexpected bout of anemia that had me laid up for three days. Exercise was off-limits until my iron levels were greatly improved, which was a huge bummer (I bike to and from work everyday and I was doing some bridal workouts).

    In the days leading up to our wedding, I remember being sad that I had lost all of my muscle tone and my dress, which had fit so perfectly before, was a bit snug. In the end, though, the day was beautiful and I don’t care that my arms weren’t quite as toned as they usually are in the photographs. It seems nobody but me and my mom noticed anyway.

    My two cents: continue doing what you are doing and, no matter what bumps might happen between now and the big day next weekend, stay calm, smile and laugh, and enjoy it all. It goes by so fast but leaves happy memories! 🙂

    • Jacquelyn,
      Oh my goodness…anemia does not sound fun! I’m sure you looked beautiful though!

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment and wonderful advice. I will do my best to stay calm and enjoy every minute!

      xo,
      Casey

    • Sherri

      Anemia does not come on suddenly. Unless you’ve had a lot of blood loss, being anemic is a gradual process over months. It’s not a quick,fix, either. You need to be on daily iron supplements for at least 6 weeks in order for your red blood cells to multiply. I hope your physician explained this to you….it’s impossible to have a “sudden bout” of anemia