Guide to Pre-Wedding Bridal Beauty Treatments 

Everyone wants to look their best on their Big Day and making that happen can be a lot of fun. It can also be a lot of work if you set about completing a bridal bootcamp! However, for supposedly more relaxing and soothing treatments that are designed to help you to look your best, there is a minefield of advice to negotiate before you trot off to a facial appointment the day before your wedding. Did you know that getting ready for your wedding can require just as much planning as the wedding itself? This is why one of the most important things to consider on the run-up to your wedding is when you should arrange for your beauty appointments to happen.

By working backwards from the day of your wedding you can work out when you need to get your appointments booked in. Your usual appointments for typical things like waxing and getting your hair dyed and trimmed you should get booked in when you would normally want to schedule them in if you were attending a special event for which you would want to look your best. However, there are some beauty appointments that you should not plan to have done the day before your wedding. Aside from your wedding manicure and pedicure, the day before your wedding you want to avoid having any kind of treatment done unless you know that you are not going to have an adverse reaction to any of the products that will be used in the treatment. A product-free facial drainage massage to reduce puffiness and water retention and a gentle back, neck and shoulder massage (using plain massage oils, or even coconut and avocado oils or products that you know you have used safely before – you could even bring your own with you) are also brilliant wedding treatments that you can treat yourself too worry-free. If done in the evening on the day before your wedding, it’s a great way to relax and to ensure that you get enough beauty sleep for the day ahead. There are lots of mobile massage therapists who will come to your property (or to your hotel) meaning that you can completely unwind as you don’t need to drive yourself home, etc. afterwards. You can even do this if you are getting married in a fabulous country house wedding venue like Gloucestershire’s Clearwell Castle.

For all other treatments, like microblading, facials using products, lash extension and tinting, etc, make sure that you have patch testing performed and have a trial treatment way before your Big Day. The last thing you will want to discover when you wake up on the morning of your wedding is that you are suffering from huge red hives all over your face and neck due to an allergic reaction caused by a beauty treatment you have just had. It is one of the most common wedding beauty emergencies and is to be avoided as much as possible. Here’s our recommended timeline for your pre-wedding beauty treatments:

12-18 months before the Big Day

Any pre-wedding plastic surgery or dental work like veneers, or tattoo removal.

6-3 months before the Big Day

On the run-up to your Big Day, you should introduce any new facial treatments and regimes like Dermarolling and Dermaplaning in line with your beautician’s advice about how often you should undergo the sessions to achieve the best effects. The 6-month window before your wedding is the time to tackle any skin rejuvenating goals you might have by receiving dermarolling or dermaplaning treatments.

1 month before the Big Day

Microblading should be done at least 2 weeks before any special occasion to allow any redness and irritation plenty of time to subside.

1 week before the Big Day


Deep tissue massage

Hair cut and colour with glossing treatment

Lash extensions and tinting

2-3 days before the Big Day

Waxing or threading

Fake tan

The Day Before the Big Day

Manicure and Pedicure


Gentle back, neck and shoulder massage and facial drainage massage with products you are familiar with or with plain massage oils (or ask the masseuse to use your products)

Meditation and mindfulness

With all this talk about bridal beauty, let’s not forget the groom-to-be! “Waxing, tanning, teeth whitening – the average groom-to-be is spending £300 on pre-wedding beauty treatments!” according to @Weddingmagazine. Therefore, treating your spouse-to-be with some last-minute wedding pampering might be just the wedding gift you’ve been looking for, particularly if you know that your other half loves to be given some A-List treatment. Booking him in a for a back, neck and shoulder massage and a facial might be the ideal gift for him the day before your wedding.

We are happy to help you plan your Big Day, including helping you to find an at-home massage therapist who can visit you the night before your wedding in one of our spectacular venues, so get in touch with Country House Weddings to find out how we can help you make the wedding of your dreams a reality.

If you have any questions relating to having your wedding at Clearwell Castle, please don't hesitate to call Charlotte via the contact details below:


T: 01594 832 320

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