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Jessie married Mike Burt in Invercargill last December.
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Jessie married Mike Burt in Invercargill last December. PINK PENGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY
Debbie McInnes' marriage to Daniel Chin was celebrated in December in Dunedin.
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Debbie McInnes' marriage to Daniel Chin was celebrated in December in Dunedin. McROBIE PHOTOGRAPHICS
Lisa married Joel Cairns at Grandview Gardens in February. 
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Lisa married Joel Cairns at Grandview Gardens in February. O'NEILL PHOTOGRAPHICS
Michelle's February marriage to Alistair Bates took place in Wanaka.
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Michelle's February marriage to Alistair Bates took place in Wanaka. ASPIRING PHOTOGRAPHY

Many brides adopt a beauty plan before the wedding, particularly if they are calling on professionals in the health and beauty fields. Here are some ideas:

Six months before

SKIN PROBLEMS: Tackle any skin problems now with a visit to the pharmacist, GP or a skin specialist, depending on the difficulty.

WEIGHT ISSUES: If the bride is unhappy about her weight, whether kilos are to be lost or gained, now is the time to get help from professionals who can offer assistance.

HAIR: Book an appointment with the hairdresser for a trim and conditioning treatment and to discuss a bridal style that will be easily handled and stay in place.

TEETH: Have a dental check-up. For those who want a bright smile teeth-whitening procedures should be researched.

BEAUTY THERAPIST: Check the various facial and other treatments available. Those wanting eyelash extensions should choose the length and amount of curl with their therapist.

FITNESS: Brides need to be fit and a good fitness programme should be followed. This can include regular swimming, aerobics, jogging, skipping, yoga, Pilates, walking or specific gym training.

MAKEUP: If requiring a makeup artist for the wedding day to complete the bride and her bridesmaids' makeup this must be booked well in advance.

One month before

MAKE-UP: Ensure the makeup artist is aware of the colour tones of the bridal gown. Stock up on regular makeup now, especially if going away on honeymoon. Moisturising creams and sunscreens should be included.

HAIR: Rehearse the hairstyle for the big day with the hairdresser and take along the veil and headpiece. Also check the wedding-day booking with the hairdresser.

One week before

BEAUTY SALON BUSINESS: Waxing and facials should be done early in the week to give time for any redness to fade.

About three days out the eyelash extensions can be applied.

One day before

BEAUTY: Now is the time for the manicure and pedicure with your professional, or set time aside for them at home.

RELAXATION: Set some time aside away from the preparations to have a swim, go for a long walk or have a relaxing massage at a beauty clinic. Try to get a good night's sleep amid the excitement.

Wedding day

Get ready for the makeup artist and hairstylist appointments with your bridesmaids and make it fun!

Pack a ``touch-up'' kit for the wedding which might include a powder and puff for stopping shine, shimmer powder for extra sparkle, lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner, a travel pack of tissues, extra hairclips, a purse-size fragrance and eyedrops.

TIP: If having any new waxes, spray tan or makeup applied brides should have a ``patch'' test well before the wedding day to ensure against any allergic response.

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