Post # 1
I have never done tanning beds before, and I probably never will again (cancer, wrinkles, etc.) BUT for my wedding, I’d like to have a bit of a glow, and I’m going to the Caribbean for my honeymoon and really want to have a base tan before I go down (doesn’t matter what SPF I use….I WILL burn without that base…)
So here’s my question – how far in advance of the wedding should I start? I’ve seen some comments that a month is not long enough to build up to a nice tan without risking burning, so how far beforehand should I begin?
Post # 3
I started going 2 months out. I tan pretty easily, but didn’t want to have to be a slave to it and go every day. I think 2 months should give you plenty of time to gradually build up a nice glow, without looking like the cast of Jersey Shore.
Post # 4
I am a slightly difficult tanner but for me two weeks ahead of time going 2-3 x’s is plenty, I do the high pressure tan combo so it works really well.
Post # 5
I’d probably do about a month out. But I tan very easily and I would be ridiculously dark if I tanned any longer than that.
Post # 6
I don’t tan so I probably shouldn’t be putting my two cents in but I would be careful about tanning – you see so many people over doing it with the tanning and turning orange – I have a friend that puts a sticker on her hip so that she can compare how much she has tanned so it doesn’t get out of control. Good luck with it.
Post # 7
When my sister got married in Dec 2007 I knew I needed a tan. Since I don’t like tanning beds. I tried and don’t like them, too clostrophobic, and you have to go a lot to get results. So, I opted to get a custom spray tan, the kind where a woman actually sprays you. Although it was a little odd being in your skimpy swim suit or undergarmets in front of a total stranger it was completely worth it!!! My tan came out great and it lastest for about a week.
My sister’s other Bridesmaid or Best Man and our friend did the spray tan in the booth and when she showed up the next morning for the rehearsal she was very orange! They say not to shower for a certain amount of time but I knew if she didn’t she was going to be a pumpkin for the wedding so we got her showered and she was just a little on the orange side.
Post # 8
My therapist says I’m not allowed to comment on tanning threads…..
j.k! But as I’ve previously posted, I am a recovering tan-o-holic. Ahh, just seeing this post gets my blood pumping! I am proud to say I’ve been clean for almost a year. If I were you, I would start slowly about 2.5 months out. That way, your tan will be very controllable. If you get dark fast, you can slow down. If you need a longer time, you’ve got it. Also, if you’re prone to burning, this amount of time will give you a brown color-rather than pink! Talk to the girls at the salon—they can help you with lotions which can make a HUGE difference.
Post # 9
5-6 weeks should be good. I’m guessing you’re fair skinned? If you’re going the indoor route, I would start with a low time (5-6 minutes) in the bed and then after you get a little color, progressively work up until you’re at the full time (15 at the beds I go to here). When I’m trying to get tan, I usually end up going about 3 times a week.
I’m getting married in June as well, and I plan to supplement indoor tanning with actually laying out in the sun. I’d rather just lay out and get tan (tanning beds freak me out with all of the increased cancer risks), but Southwestern PA tends to be cloudy. I really only tan indoors for special events, although when I was in high school, I used to go quite often
Post # 10
@Virginia – I have been 1 year tanning-bed-free unttttil a few days ago I relapsed and bought 10 tans! 😉 I wish you the best of luck… Stay strong!
Post # 11
never. tanning = cancer in a box. just wear tons of high spf lotion when you are on your honeymoon and you’ll be fine. no need to have a base beforehand.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the great advice everyone! This is SUPER helpful. I’m pretty fair-skinned, but do tan fairly easily and get surprisingly dark in the summer. I think I’ll start about 2 months out and see how it goes. @Blueshoes – I’ll definitely be supplementing with outdoor tanning to the extent possible as well…should be easier for me since I’m in North Carolina, but my work schedule keeps me indoors way too much during prime tanning hours! Hopefully I can keep my time in those beds to a minimum.
Post # 13
never! i suggest laying out a little bit with sunscreen about a month before your wedding, a couple of times a week 😀
Health comes first! 😀
also..if you are not normally tan you probably wont be happy with the way you look on your wedding day.