(Closed) Wedding – to tan or not to tan?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 18
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

lolatheshowgirl:  I did a thursday afternoon spray tan for my Saturday 12pm wedding. No issues with ruboff. I kept it light and natural, but enough to not be my pale self.

I would be hesitant with the lotions just because of the potential for uneven tanning or missed areas. You’d want someone to help you apply on the hard to reach areas so you don’t have a big pale spot!

Post # 19
2040 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am pale as anything. I embraced it and was actually a bit sad that I didn’t have more colour – until I saw myself in my dress with my make-up, hair, etc. done. I looked exactly as I should. And now looking back at photos, I’m so so so glad I didn’t do anything like spray tan or fake-and-bake to try and boost my colour. Wear blush and a hint of bronzer!

I wish we could just get rid of the “a tan is healthy” idea. It’s most definitely not 🙁

Post # 20
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I started using Jergen’s. I’ve done 3 applications so far. I put a LOT of it on everywhere after the shower and let it dry for a few minutes. before putting clothes on. I got the “fair to medium” since I’m also really pale and it gave me a really nice and subtle color. I actually mixed in a tiny bit with my regular face moisturizer and got a little color on my face too. I’m going to do 2-3 more applications before my wedding in a couple weeks. I was too scared of spray tans too. My friend got one last year and we were standing outside in the sun and it was literally melting all over her clothes. I’m sure this isn’t the norm but it was enough to keep me away!

Post # 21
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Another vote here for embracing paleness. I think fair skin is pretty, and it seems like it would add stress unless it’s something you do super regularly (including wearing white with it regularly, to be confident that you like that look and it doesn’t rub off).

Post # 22
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My photographer recommended no spray tanning whatsoever – it doesn’t show up well in photos. I am very pale and honestly, I love that I embraced my natural skin tone! I looked like myself on my wedding day. 

Post # 23
2746 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My spray tan rubbed off a little on the inside but who cares. You get your dress cleaned afterwards anyways, right?

Post # 24
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Rock Island Lake Club

If you get the tan 2-3 days before the wedding, and take care if it correctly (using tan extending lotion, not scrubbing skin in shower or after shower) you shouldn’t have any transfer.  But if you are nervous about transfer, I would get a couple sprays before your big day.  Test which colors look best, and test which day looks best as well. Oh, and do yourself a favor… have someone spray you.  Don’t go to the automatic spray booths, I’ve never heard of people having even tans with them. 

I plan on getting a spray tan for two reasons.  1. My future hubby has olive skin, works outside and will be VERY tan for our end of May wedding. (for our engagment pictures our photographer had to give me a little fake tan in editing!) and 2. I have KP on my arms and having a slight tan helps hide it. 

Post # 25
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve used the Equate (Walmart brand) Healthy Glow gradual tan lotion. It worked evenly and was very subtle. The only downside is that you definitely smell just like the lotion ALL. DAY. LONG. It’s not a bad smell, kind of shea butter-y, but you gotta be okay with everyone smelling it on you lol.

Post # 26
4252 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am also super pale and I got a spray tan a few days prior.  It was perfect.  I did a test run a few months prior though, just to make sure.  It was subtle, but made just the slightest difference in evening out my skin tone which was what I was looking for.

Post # 27
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

I’m in the embrace your paleness crew. My Fiance (who is pale Scottish) was telling me how he’s going to get tanned for our wedding pics. Noooooooooooooo, I don’t want an orange dude in my photos, I want MY man just as he is. For the prior poster who is also in an interracial relationship, if he was hung up on marrying a woman his color, he would have. I’m sure he appreciates you just as you are.

Post # 28
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I think everyone looks better with a tan  I tanned for my wedding and am so happy I did.. Looked a lot nicer against my white dress in photos.

Post # 29
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

lolatheshowgirl:  I got a spray tan (if you have a Blush Tan anywhere near you they’re an awesome organic spray tan place) and loved it. I did a trial run for my bachelorette party and kept it pretty subtle. I had no issues at all with the color rubbing off on my wedding dress or the white dress I wore to my bachorette.

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