A special occasion, like a wedding, is the perfect opportunity to try beauty treatments you've always wanted to but could never justify splurging on. But not everything brides have been told to do to prep for the big day is necessary. Here's what these real brides say was totally worth it and what, in retrospect, they would've skipped.
- Inexpensive teeth whitening.
"I was so glad I went with Crest Whitestrips instead of profesh, fancy whitening — they're not cheap cheap, but they did the trick." - Tess
- Hiring hair and makeup pros.
"I hired two hair and makeup people from different companies to help everyone get ready so we didn't have to wake up at 7 a.m." - Kathleen
"I was really not at all mad about how much money I spent on hair and makeup. I went with (expensive) people I trusted and would do it again in a minute —Tess
"I masked all the time. I used the Dr. Gross pads daily and once a week would use a mask, like the Clé de Peau Intensive Brightening Mask, and The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask." - Lisa
- Getting special occasion facials.
"I'm glad I got a microcurrent facial because it made my face look more youthful and well-rested for at least a couple of weeks after I had it done." - Julia
- Opting for a faux glow.
"I'm glad I got a spray tan. She contoured me, and it was life-changing. It made me feel so beautiful in my own skin." - Kelsey
"I used Charlotte Tilbury's Supermodel Body all over my body for the rehearsal dinner and wedding day and had the most amazing glow. The product doesn’t rub off at all so it’s totally fine to use with your wedding gown, so it was a great solution." - AJ
- Teeth straightening trays.
"I was so happy I did Invisalign. I had braces forever ago but my teeth have gotten a little crooked over the years. I didn't do too much to prep for the wedding, but I knew how much I'd be smiling for photos and just from happiness, so I wanted my teeth to be as straight as they once were." - Brooke
OKAY TO SKIP:
- Booking eyelash extensions.
"I got eyelash extensions, but I wouldn't recommend them. I loved the photos and loved having them on my honeymoon, but I'm not convinced I had to spend so much on extensions." - Elizabeth
- Getting facials too close to the date.
"I had a normal facial the day before, but it made me feel oily and I was worried I would break out." - Julia
- Having a hair trial.
"I was advised not to bother with a hair trial because when you hire a hair person you have to pay extra to do a trial with them. I chose a simple half-up style, so it didn't really make a difference, and I saved money that way." - Emma
WISH I WOULD'VE DONE:
- Looked more like myself.
"I wish I had worn less makeup on my wedding day. I did a lighter, fresher look for my bridal portraits and tried more of an evening look for the actual wedding and hated how it looked in photos." - Caroline
"I tried out three different makeup artists before I found the girl I liked, so just the trials alone ended up costing me a lot. And I cried all my makeup off before the ceremony even started, so honestly, it was just a waste of time. I never like it when other people do my makeup, but I went against my own judgment and paid for an artist. I felt prettier at my rehearsal dinner when I did my makeup myself." - Kelsey
- Worn hair extensions.
"I wore my hair half-up, and I wish I had used some sort of tasteful hair extensions to make my hair look a little bit fuller at the ends." - Janelle
- Worn gel nail polish.
"For some reason, I used regular nail polish for my manicure and of course it chipped. Definitely not a good day to have chipped nails when everyone wants to see or take a picture of the ring." - Maria
- Gotten a massage.
"I wish I would've taken time to get a massage before the wedding to chill out and treat myself." - Cala
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.