Tanning for destination wedding – help!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The first time I used Jergens Natural Glow it looked nice, but the second time it was orangey and streaky.  It may have been because the bottle was old, not sure.

I only ever used it on my legs.  I used to be quite tan but I like my paleness now.  I have a bronzer that works well with my pale skin (not to dark/orange) and it gives me enough colour on my face.

Post # 5
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I used a tanning bed before the wedding. Unfortunately that’s all that really works for my skin. Even jergens natural glow rubbed off of my skin, leaving horrible patches everywhere. It was disgusting.

Post # 7
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love SunLabs self tanner. I order it on Amazon. It isn’t streaky at all because the color is instant and you see exactly where its going and where you’ve missed. It works great and lasts for about 4 days. I guess for a week you’d have to reapply half-way through, but it literally takes me 10 minutes to do.

Post # 8
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Bainise2013:  I’m having the same issue. I’m having a destination wedding and the wedding is the third day we are there. I have done the airbrush tanning before, which worked out very well, looked natural, so I think I might do that, but it will probably fade by the end of the trip. I guess that isn’t a huge deal, most important is the wedding. 

Post # 9
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Bainise2013:  yeah I’m pretty pale naturally. I started tanning probably a month or two before the wedding and didn’t go very long in the beginning. You can slowly work your way up. The tanning salon workers know there beds and will be able to tell you exactly how long you should go for. I went about three times a week.


Post # 10
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m pale too but have gotten some sun this summer than I plan on building up in the tanning bed pre-wedding. 

Post # 11
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

What is so bad about pale skin? I’m paler than you. I said screw it, I’m embracing it.

And no, tanning beds won’t work for you. They’ll make your bright red and painful 🙂

Why do you want to look different for your wedding? People will only giggle because you’re trying too hard to look tan.


Post # 12
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I tried Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion more than a couple times and every time it came out orangy and VERY streaky/blotchy.

Post # 13
5392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Bainise2013:  I would suggest a gradual one; I don’t know what’s available where you live but over here Garnier do one, as well as other brands. Basically, it’s a moisturiser with a small amount of fake tan built in, and you build up the colour gradually, so you can get the colour you want.

You could try a spray tan; but I would advise trying this now so you can see what colour you’ll get; they can come out very dark.

Re sunbeds, I’m not going to lecture: just be aware that it can take a while to build up colour, esp if you’re pale. Again, you would need to start now if you wanted to achieve a reasonable colour. I also personally can tell a sun bed tan apart from a real tan a mile off: for some reason, they look much more orange than natural tans. So, also bear that in mind.

Finally, you could just embrace your natural colour. There is nothing wrong with being pale, at all; and unless you often have a tan, I find it weird to get one specially for your wedding day. I want to look like ‘me’ on my wedding day, not a whole different person.

Post # 14
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


I am also very fair skinned and I love to tan (in tanning beds) In my town we have a tanning salong called Palmbeach Tans. I just started tanning about 2 years ago and they were extremely helpful. 

I only tan during the spring and summer, I start in March and tan till July and after July I stop.

But how i tan is i gradually work myself up, when I start tanning. Ill start off as tanning for 3 minutes, thats how light skinned i am, ill tan for 3 minutes for about a week and then the next week move up to 5 minutes, then the next week, 6 or 7 minutes and so on. 

Laying in tanning bed does not only help you get tan but its also very relaxing.

If you have a tanning salon in your area just tell them your situation and im sure they will be glad to help, just remember, only you know your skin. When you get in a tanning bed and you feel like your burning, get out and if you do burn, skip the next day. 

Theres also tanning lotions that will accomidate your skin type. 

Hope this helped and good luck!!!

Post # 15
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am doing spray tan.  Since, you pointed out, it doesn’t always last a week, why don’t you see if there is someone at the place you are getting married that can do it?  It may be a little more expensive since you may have to do a custom one where they do it for you.  But, it’s your wedding!  Totally worth it!

Post # 16
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I am a huuuuuge spray tan advocate but I’m opting not to do it for my destination wedding. I always get them before trips but find with the salt water and the pool water and sweating like crazy, they NEVER last very well. usually day 2 or 3, the tan in my cleavage and my elbow pits (is that a thing) and my neck creases is completely gone. I hate the way it looks while fading.

I really don’t like tanning beds but I think it’s the only way I can get any colour and not feel like a pale monster while away… and guarantee a tan that lasts and looks (is) natural. I’m pale like you too and it usually takes me A LONG time to get a base but I’m going to suck it up,  pay the money and hit the beds.

If you are deadset on a sunless tanner, i REALLY like the victoria’s secret one. but i haven’t tried it out on vacay yet so not sure of it’s lasting power.

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