Planning 101 8th August 2023

Camera-Ready Confidence: Preparing to Look Glowing in Wedding Photos

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Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable and photographed days of your life. The beautiful images captured by your wedding photographer will be cherished for years to come as you reminisce about all the special moments you shared with your spouse and loved ones. Little wonder, then, that looking and feeling your absolute best on your wedding day is a top priority for most brides and grooms.

With some advance preparation focused on health, beauty and wellness, you can achieve that natural radiance both inside and out. Taking care of your body and mind in the months leading up to the big day will help you look vibrant, confident and picture-perfect when you walk down the aisle. Whether you aim to lose a few pounds, enhance your glow, or simply relieve pre-wedding stress, there are many simple lifestyle steps you both can take.

In this article, let’s take a look at some practical tips on exercise, nutrition, skincare, hair care, mental health and more, so you can feel calm and camera-ready on your wedding day. Preparing your body and mind will help you look refreshed and joyful in photographs you will treasure forever.

Shaping up before the Big Day

Regular exercise and healthy eating are your best friends for looking and feeling fabulous on your wedding day. Working out can help you maintain a healthy weight and achieve that gorgeous wedding glow. 

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Incorporate yoga, Pilates or barre to build flexibility along with cardio like cycling or running to rev your metabolism. Add strength training to shape arms, shoulders, back, and legs. Switch up your workouts to keep it fresh and engaging.

In the months leading up to the wedding, aim to exercise for 30-45 minutes most days of the week. Consider working with a personal trainer if you need motivation and accountability or join a gym with comprehensive facilities and bespoke exercise programmes such as this one. Finding a workout buddy can make exercise more social and enjoyable.

Embracing a healthy diet


Proper nutrition is as crucial as exercise when preparing for your wedding day, so make sure you:


Focus your diet on organic lean proteins like chicken, fish, tofu or plant-based alternatives to build and repair muscles

Fill your plate with a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables, emphasising nutrient-powerhouses like leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits and vitamin-rich tomatoes

Choose whole grain, high-fibre carbohydrates like quinoa, brown rice, oats and sprouted bread to provide steady energy and support digestive health

Limit added sugar, refined carbs and processed foods which can trigger bloating and inflammation


Staying hydrated is key, so drink at least 2 litres of water daily to keep your skin glowing and your body functioning at its best. For flavour, you can add in sliced cucumbers, lemons, mint or fruit combinations. Cut down your caffeine and alcohol consumption which can lead to dehydration and sleep issues.


All that having been said, it’s important to allow yourself small treats like a square of dark chocolate or a scoop of ice cream in moderation so you don't feel restricted. Avoid following overly restrictive fad or crash diets. Instead, aim for gradual, maintainable weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week through balanced nutrition and consistent exercise.

Achieving wedding day beauty

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By caring for your hair, complexion and smile in the months leading up to the big event, you will look and feel your most stunning on the day. Here are some useful beauty practices that will have you camera-ready and glowing for unforgettable wedding photos.

For gorgeous hair, schedule trials with your stylist to nail down your wedding day look several months in advance. Treat your hair to repairing masks and limit heat styling damage. Get a fresh trim 2-3 weeks before the big day so the ends look healthy.

For radiant skin, establish a solid skincare routine focused on cleansing, toning and moisturising morning and night. Use sunscreen daily to protect skin from UV damage that can cause spots and wrinkles. Get monthly facials to restore radiance and treat any problem areas.

Don't underestimate the importance of a bright, confident smile for photos. Whiten teeth subtly using over-the-counter whitening strips or professional treatments. Make sure you stay clear of stain-causing foods and drinks like coffee, red wine and tomatoes. It’s a good idea to book in with your dentist and hygienist 4-6 weeks pre-wedding for a thorough check-up and clean to ensure optimum oral health.

Caring for your mental health

With wedding planning and anticipation building, be sure not to neglect your mental health and self-care. Making your emotional well-being a priority gives you the calm, joyful energy that shines through in wedding photos.

Incorporate relaxing activities into your routine, like yoga, meditation, massage or soothing baths that can help you manage stress

Set aside quality time to be present with loved ones often

Make yourself a priority by keeping up hobbies and interests that bring you joy

Stay organised with timelines and to-do lists to feel in control, and avoid taking on too many wedding tasks, as they may lead to burnout

Vocalise any anxieties or worries to your fiancé, family, or friends, or seek professional counselling for extra support

Finally, be sure to get 7-9 hours of beauty rest per night. Good quality sleep recharges your body and keeps under-eye circles away.

Smile and say ‘I Do’

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Looking confident, healthy, and full of joy in your wedding photos starts now with proactive care for your body and mind. With regular exercise, balanced meals, radiant skin, and stress relief, your natural beauty will shine through in photos capturing precious memories. You will appear relaxed, elegant and completely camera-ready on the big day.

Imagine yourself years from now, looking at the memories of the best day of your life on the threshold of this exciting new chapter of your lives together. You will want to see photos and videos of a vibrant, happy couple brimming with their new lifelong love. Preparing properly gives you the energy, self-assurance and inner radiance for timeless photographs.