self/spray tanning for wedding day?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Brave girl!

I wouldn’t because of the sweat issue… I tend to sweat when I’m nervous, and all I can think of is being a streaky mess and ruining my dress. lol… sounds attractive.

I want the same glow for my wedding… which is in January so otherwise my beautiful summer tan will be completely gone. I plan on getting a tanning package this fall to keep my base tan, it’ll help with the tropical honeymoon too!

My advice, tanning bed! One less thing to worry about on your day.

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve tried a few self tanners and nothing seems to be doing a super good job on me. I mean it gives me a tint, but it’s not evening out my farmers tan like a tanning bed would.

So, I’m gonna get a tanning package starting in September and keep up with it until the wedding. It should be enough to even out my horrible uneven tan and give me a little glow.

Post # 5
245 posts
Helper bee

I hate the smell of recently applied fake tan, even when it’s been washed off there’s this horrible biscuity smell especially when I’m warm no matter how cheap or expensive the brand I use!

I’m going half real tan(destination wedding with 3 days sunbathing prior to wedding!)& will use a gradual moisturiser tan in days leading up to it, so hopefully no rub off or smell as the gradual version has no coloured base when applying and only half the % DHA(chemical which turns you brown)!

Post # 6
1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I planned on just going to someone who just sprays you with a gun instead of a streaky machine. Maybe you could do that? A tanning bed isn’t an option for me since I just burn. Lol 

Post # 7
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

coffeedrinker:  Get a custom airbrush tan 2ish days before. They are so much better than the old kind of spray tans, because someone is applying it, so they come out much more even, and they can adjust the color to your skin tone/the darkness you are looking to achieve. I say to get it a couple of days before hand, because that gives you 24 hours to let the color develop, and still have time to shower once or twice. I find that after I shower the color doesn’t rub off much, if at all. Your wedding dress will get dirty and need to be cleaned anyway. If any color transfers on the inside of the dress, it should come off with cleaning.

Post # 9
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

coffeedrinker:  well, I would suggest trying the place out once before your wedding. The same way brides do hair and makeup trials before the wedding. 

Post # 10
211 posts
Helper bee

If it’s a decent spray tanning salon – they should use an organic tanner or one of the good professional brands like St Tropez/Fake Bake/Vita Liberata and they should be able to adjust the shade for your skin tone.  I’m super pale and have had loads of spray tans over the years with no problems with sweating (once you get it done 2/3 days before the event).  I’m from Ireland and everyone spray tans, I don’t know anyone who still uses tanning beds, they’re so dangerous 🙁

Post # 11
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

coffeedrinker:  To be 100% honest, I haven’t seen one yet that didn’t transfer ever so slightly, but I am sure it’s out there! One of my close GF’s used the best one I have seen yet from bronzed Bella in west Hollywood. Which is a mobile/organic/airbrush that gives the most natural colors I have seen. She used one of their organic solutions and it held up really well but still left a tiny bit, not in the armpit area bc they sprayed lightly there due to the wedding dress, but near the neckline of her gown and on her feet there were a few steaks). It was barely noticeable at all, esp in the evening, and I probably would never have seen it if she hadn’t pointed it out and advised against me using it (it mostly on the inside of the neckline of her dress with a tiny bit on the edge that could BARELY be seen if you were taller than her).

I thought her tan looked great, but still, bc of her warning, and the fact that it was literally the best solution I had come across, I opted out and went with natural sun/natural glow. I actually got a little darker than I had even expected the old fashioned laying out way, but after I exfoliated/shaved and stayed inside for the few days leading up to the wedding and the day of used a perfecting body lotion with shimmer and no bronzer, I felt the perfect naturally tanned color. Got lots of compliments on “glowing” and my skin color etc so I am happy I went that route instead (But I am sure friends and family say that either way, right? Haha) I have no doubt though that there is a perfect airbrush solution out there, just wanted to advise on this organic one not quite making the grade and warn a bit in case you are OCD about those types of things. 

if you decide to spray, def take PP’s advice and get airbrushed (many more solution mix options) and try it before the wedding. Then, def do 2 days in advance and shower a couple times but don’t exfoliate or shave “hard,” and moisturizer a ton. Should be good then 🙂

Post # 12
2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

coffeedrinker:  interesting. my self tanner does not come off when i sweat.. and i work out often. i fake baked for my wedding. but my friend toni did the self tanner. she looked good i thought but she was convinced her skin was too orange. so be carefull

Post # 13
143 posts
Blushing bee

Definitely do a trial before your wedding. I was definitely going to get an airbrush tan for my wedding, but was advised to try it out first to see if I liked it. So I ended up doing a trial for my bridal shower. It looked good, not too orange or anything, but it started streaking almost immediately. The good thing was that I was wearing a longer sleeved dress that went to slightly below my knees and it mostly wore off at my bendy places – like knees, elbows, etc…. I went to a highly rated place too, so I’m not sure what happened. I would have been very irked because that stuff would have stained everything I wore on my wedding day. No bueno. Play it safe and test it out first well before your wedding day.

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