Post # 1
Okay so I know tanning is TERRIBLE for your skin, BUT I’m stubborn and I still plan on getting some colour before the big day. I actually have terribly oily skin and I find tanning is one of the only ways that helps that issue. I always feel sexier and more confident with a tan.
But here’s the thing- is it weird to have a tan in November? I don’t want to be SUPER dark, but I definitely want some colour, I’m just worried I may stick out like a sore thumb being that it’ll be November in Canada.
Any other brides considering this?
Post # 3
I also live in Canada and am getting married in November. I plan on tanning a little before the wedding, I don’t want to be pasty white when I look back at pictures! I won’t be going for a full blown just got back from vacation tan, just some colour.
Post # 4
I won’t be doing it, but no, I don’t think it would look weird at all, especially if you just got a little color. Honestly, I doubt anyone would even be thinking, “She has a tan” unless you went overboard. If you feel better with a little color, do it!
Post # 5
I am going to tan as well. Ive been tanning during this summer so that by the time that fall comes and it isn’t as warm my skin will have some color (once I tan it lasts for a while), then hopefully I wont need a whole lot more!
If it makes you more confident Id say go for it. Its YOUR day and one (or several) time tanning isnt goign to be *that* bad
Post # 6
I am not tanning as I am a redhead with blue eyes. Having smooth alabaster skin, a tan would look silly in November!
Post # 7
As long as you don’t go overboard you will look perfectly normal. Like PP said, no one will take specific notice.
I have the opposite situation… It will be middle of summer when I get married in November and I am somewhere in between pale and slight colour. Not planning on tanning either way, and if anyone takes offence to my pale-ish skin I really couldn’t care less!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I live in Florida but I rock the pale white skin. Since I am not tan on an every day basis, I think it would look weird for me to be tan on my wedding day. However, we will be spending the week leading up to the wedding at the beach house so even with 45 SPF I will likely have some color.
Also, way too many people in my family have had skin cancer removed for me to consider hitting a tanning bed ever again. Plus, tanned skin wrinkles and age spots faster (ever seen old tanned ladies at the beach?) My grandmother religiously stayed out of the sun and wore hats and caftans when she did to protect her skin. She had the most beautiful porcelain skin well into her 60’s.
Post # 9
If you must have color, just a few minutes outdoors would be better. Or have you tried the spray tan? Some of the professional ones look fantastic!
@beachbride1216: +++++ what you said!!
I too am a fair-skinned Floridian rocking the pale-ish skin. When I was much younger I loved that golden tan look; but having done a dermatology rotation for my NP residency — I now embrace my light skin. And as my friends/I were in/are in our late 20s , early 30’s I can totally see the subtle differences in skin of those who tan regularly or dont now because of it. Like pp said, age spots, fine lines, and an overall tougher skin tone. No thanks!
Not to mention the cancer risk– I have seen & removed so much skin cancer from young people; 30s, 40s etc. Not worth the risk. =o( First tanning bed use before age 30 yrs old increases one’s risk of melanoma by 75%. One use at any time increases risk by 15%. Many people do not just use once. Statistically, for people who use one a few times seasonally, throughout their 20s then are almost guaranteed to get melanoma (which is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer…) =o(
Sorry, just my 2 cents, can’t help but try to inform people as health is my career, and skin cancer prevention is one of my pet things…
Post # 10
i’m afraid I’ll turn out orange. I’m avoiding the sun this summer too because I don’t want weird tan lines that haven’t faded by that time. I don’t mind being pastey white. No matter how much I tan, I’ll look pastey next to FI anyway as he’s brown.
Post # 11
Please, please read this before you tan:
I used to be the girl went to tanning beds when I had a special event. Now I am 30 with premature aging lines on my forehead. I need botox. Worse than that, I have exponentially increased my risk of skin cancer. That is NOT a pleasant way to go. People tried to tell me and I didn’t listen. But now I don’t even step outside without SPF.
I’m sorry to be a nag. But there are AMAZING self-tanning products on there now. And I personally swear by airbrush tanning. It’s cheaper, too.
Post # 12
Well I live in North Carolina, Ive been tanning for over a month now, twice a week in a lower level bed, just to keep the color. A little color is good, just dont go all orange like “Bride Wars.”
Post # 13
I am tanning! But just to get a little color, and not the Snooky tan or anything;)