(Closed) Any pale ladies that went tanning for the wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I went tanning. If this thread takes off, I have a feeling you’re going to get a lot of bees advising against it due to health risks, and offering alternative solutions, which are fine and definitely worth considering. My experience was good- I did it slowly so I didn’t fry to a crisp and went to a nice reputable salon. I never had a spray tan and don’t care for at home tan lotion b/c I always botch it and Darling Husband thinks they smell like cat pee (lol). I also didn’t over-do it. I tanned for the wedding and honeymoon and wore sun-screen like crazy afterwards.

Post # 4
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’d be wary if you’ve never done it before?  You wouldn’t want to peel for your wedding or be burnt?  I tan occasionally (both by the pool and in a bed) but I’m going to be extra careful just to get some kind of natural glow and nothing too crazy for my wedding because I don’t want to risk having an uneven, peely tan!

I used to be a camp counselor and my arms would get so tan– but then the top few layers of skin would naturally slough off and reveal pale skin underneath… making me look real patchy and strange.  

Post # 5
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would be one of those bees that advise against it. Cancer and wrinkles aren’t sexy. I vote stay pale (or classically porcelain beauty) or get a pro-spray tan if you really must be bronzed.

Post # 6
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in the process of tanning for my wedding right now! If you’ve never been take it very very slow. When I started for this year (I hadn’t been in over a year) I only went for 5 minutes the first day. I went the second day for 6 minutes and then burned. Not horrible but I was still pink for a couple of days. I got up to 9 minutes at the end of my first month but then backed off going and now I’m only going to go at 7 each time until the wedding. 

Post # 7
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did it and I don’t regret it at all.

I did it really slowly, like literally starting at 3 minutes in a 12 minute stand-up.

If you do it slowly you will get a nice even colour. I am so pale that that I barely looked tanned, really I look like a normal skin tone, but it just gave me a nice glow instead of almost looking translucent!

Post # 8
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Minutes ago, I was looking through a friend of a friend’s wedding photos on facebook and the bride and groom were both tanned, and they look ridiculous. If you are not normally tanned and don’t necessarily wear a tan well, you may look odd, especially if the tan is recent.

Post # 9
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’m tanning for my wedding and i’m asian.  i’m originally from southern california so i’ve been tanning on and off for years.  please don’t preach the whole skin cancer or premature aging thing to me.  i am well aware of the health risks. 

i find that if i do not have a base tan, i will definitely peel quite a bit.  so bad that i’ve become stuck to my pjs or my sheets when i sleep.  try going to a salon with those super beds and do only a few minutes at a time. 

versa tans are also an option.  i don’t love them.  they are better than mystic but they still give me that oompa loompa orange tint and i always manage to end up with some streaking.  i also hate the smell.

Post # 10
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am a hard-core advocate of a professional spray tan. I come from a long line of ghostly white skin and for special occassions I feel extra glamorous with a bit of color. I got a spray tan for my senior prom and for a wedding where I sang a song during the ceremony.

I’ve only had the hands-on-tanning experience where a salon specialist manually sprays the tan on me. I’ve never been to those automatic booths.

The key to a successful spray tan is doing the required homework. They tell you to get the tan about 3 days prior to the special occasion (this way it has time to set and darken and really absorb). They also give you a list of things to do before your appointment:

  • Exfoliate! I had my boyfriend scrub me down the day of my tanning appointment. Him and I used a nice gritty body wash and some body brushes and really buffed away the dry/dead skin that tends to peel off and cause blotchiness after a spray tan.
  • Avoid perfumes/lotions/body sprays: Anything extra on top of your skin is going to act as a buffer between you and the tan and it won’t absorb properly.
  • Put a little dab a vaseline on the rough skin of your knees/elbows/ankles: These areas tend to over-absorb the tan and you end up with really orangey-dark patches
  • Don’t shower for at least a day! I got my tan for prom on a Thursday night and went to school on Friday looking like I just came back from a carribean vacation. It was shocking to my usual audience of friends but if I had showered that morning, the tan would have washed off in places causing uneveness.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes and avoid accessive movement immediately following your tan: My tanning consultant left me topless in a little pair of cheeky underwear with my arms up and my legs split for about 15 minutes. It is crucial to avoid a lot of movement right after recieving a spray tan. Patience is key! The less you move, the less the tanning soultion moves around your skin causing uneveness.

I followed these instructions every time I got a tan and I never ever looked blotchy or unatural. In fact, the same night I got my spray tan for prom, my sisters best friend got one too. She did not follow the instuctions and ended up a blotchy mess, even though we both went to the same salon!

Here is a picture of my normal pale self as of 2012:

And here are the pictures from the prom and the wedding I attended with a tan (2005):

(Above at the wedding, I requested a shade lighter then the prom tan)

(the blotchiness on my arm is just a normal skin discoloration I have)

Excuse the horrible quality of the scanned-in disposable camera photos. My how the times have changed!


I hope this helps! I know I couldn’t afford to keep up with tanning sessions week after week and knowing me, I’d probably just burn.

Post # 11
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was thinking of doing a few 4 minute sessions but we will be very remote this summer and it won’t be an option. I’m worried about uneven skin tone since ill be working outside a lot so SPF 100 here I come to avoid ugly sunglass tan.

Post # 12
46371 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I won’t lecture anyone, you are adults and have made a conscious choice. Just be careful not to overdo it. There was a blonde bride a while back who looked like she had been baked in a wood fired pizza oven. Her tan was so overdone that you couldn’t notice anything else in her pics.

Post # 13
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m doing a spray tan hopefully. Too busy to go to an actual bed and lay for weeks. It’d take that long to see any results. I’ve done the spray from department stores but I always end up uneven or I look great from the front but terrible from the back.

Post # 14
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

For those who have tried spray tanning, does it rub off on your clothes? I’m afraid if I try it three days before the wedding, it will start smearing on my ivory gown…

Post # 15
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m pale as a ghost. My husband kept asking if I would tan for the wedding but I don’t see why brides have to change their appearance for one day. I have two colours, white or sunburn red and nothing in between so tan would have looked funny on me. I say stay who you are naturally. 

Post # 16
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i did it for my prom in high school- i was wearing a white dress and thought i needed contrast. i went for a month and did like 8-12 minute sessions. i always fell asleep during it, it was fabulous.

i don’t regret it. it did work, i didn’t get burt or anything. i also didn’t think i looked orange. my mom, however thought i should go back for a refund (is that even possible?)

for my wedding i’m going au naturale. i’ll have gotten perhaps a little sun over the summer, but i’m pale. it is who i am. i am going with it! (plus, it is healthier to abstain, of course!)

prom, circa 2005 (bahaha):


And more recently, modeling a bridesmaid dress:

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