To Tan or Not to Tan?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Are you tanning for your DW?
    Yes absolutely! : (25 votes)
    22 %
    Maybe, but just a few session to get a "healthy glow" : (39 votes)
    34 %
    No, I want to keep my natural skin tone : (35 votes)
    31 %
    No, for another reason (please explain) : (15 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @emsy3110:  unless you plan on staying inside the whole time you are in aruba…or plan on getting married the minute you step off the plane, you are going to get a “healthy glow” no matter what. if you don’t typically tan…you will likely burn…even if you apply sunscreen every hour. the sun is BRUTAL there. id recomend getting a base tan at a tanning salon before you go (go slowly so you don’t burn) 

    you may want to keep your skin tone…but it’s unlikely…and i don’t know about you, but i’d rather be tan in my wedding pictures than red 😉 

    Post # 4
    Member
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I had my first ever spray tan last week and it’s amazing! I’m getting it refreshed for my wedding next week. I highly recommend it because it gives you an EVEN glow without skin damage. I know I get pretty freckled in the sun, especially a strong sun like in Aruba. I would get a great spray tan right before so you have a light, even glow, then wear lots of sunscreen to avoid burining before the wedding, and after you can work on your tan, not worry about lines and enjoy the sun! You can customize the colour you want too, I had one coat on my face (to allow the make up artist to still use bronzer, etc.) and then two coats on my legs, stomach, etc. I even had a brutal tan line on my back from my bikini all summer and she completely got rid of it.

    We’re having a wedding here, but my spray tan will last well in to the following week for the honeymoon in San Francisco!

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I always hate the term “healthy glow”, I am pale and I do not look sickly.  I do not and will not tan, just use bronzer and highlighter to get the glow.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @emsy3110:  I understand your dilemma! My wedding is in Maui in January, and I know I will be paler by then, so I have been thinking about this too.  I don’t want skin cancer or wrinkles, and tanning beds are terrible carcinogenics and wrinkle makers. I truly hate the look of pale skin though.  Maybe I will tan once or twice to get a base tan, and then get an airbrush spray tan done by hand.  The spray tans done by hand tend to look more natural than the machine spray tans. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @emsy3110:  I would prefer to do it at home before leaving, but as I arrive in Maui five days before my wedding, I don’t know that it will do much for me.  Perhaps I should call the concierge at my venue and see who they recommend, and instead make an appointment in Maui 2 days before the actual wedding?  How many days before your wedding do you fly out?

    Post # 12
    Member
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @emsy3110:  I don’t think it’s the healthy or right thing to do, but I’d probably do the tanning bed if I were in your shoes.  Tanning is an issue I struggle with because I am smart enough to know better, but when it comes to things like my wedding day, it’s hard to resist.

    Post # 13
    Member
    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Our ceremony is going to be in Maui in December.  I’m planning on just being my normal vampire-pale self.

    Post # 16
    Member
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    There is no such thing as a base tan.

    Just sayin’.

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