Obviously you want to look your best and feel wonderful on your wedding day. To achieve this you need not only to plan, but also to act, ideally at least six months in advance of your big day.
Beauty treatments and fitness should commence as soon as you can. The range of treatments are huge including waxing, facial, teeth whitening and manicure, to name but a few. Timing is especially important when it comes to hair and makeup, and to ensure you look your best on your wedding day, consider a trial well in advance.
There are a whole range of experts to help you including fitness training and hair and beauty specialists. It is unlikely you will be able to cover everything yourself so consult a professional. Whatever you do, don't leave everything until the last minute.
Here’s some great ideas from hair, beauty and fitness businesses based in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire from places like Swindon, Salisbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Chippenham, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your Glos & Wilts Wedding magazine when contacting a hair, beauty or fitness professional.
Grooms-to-be looking for some pre-wedding pampering products should try the new Eco Warrior Men's Edit from the Little Soap Company. The items are vegan-friendly, plastic-free and made from pure essential oils and this shaving bar contains a moisturising blend of coconut and flax oil along with Vitamin E, £4.50. The Little Soap Company's origins are based in the picturesque North Cotswold Hills, founded by owner Emma Heathcote-James who saw an opportunity in a market where the growth of synthetic and environmentally harmful products in plastic bottles seemed at odds with global trends.
Posted: 24 February 2022
Angharad Beck Hair in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, has been awarded Best New Salon at the prestigious Salon Awards, the only hair and beauty industry awards where professionals can compete at a local level in their fields of expertise. The focus is on improving standards, elevating business, rewarding individuals, and showcasing the professionalism of their industry locally.
Angharad Beck commented, "When I found out I had won the award for Best New Salon, I felt so proud of everything I have achieved in the last year, I am absolutely over the moon. I have worked very hard to make my studio an oasis of calm for my clients to enjoy and my customers have been at the centre of every decision I have made in the creation of the studio. I feel honoured to achieve this award and I can't wait to display it proudly for everyone to see because without them, and the support of my family, none of this would have been possible."
Posted: 22 February 2022
Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we certainly love a spa day! Perfect for some true R&R on your own, with friends or loved ones, and spa break is a must during the wedding planning; perfect for a day with your best pals pre-wedding, or a post-wedding indulgent getaway as a newly married couple.
Mira Showers have looked at TripAdvisor to create the ultimate guide of spas across the UK so that you can find the perfect spa break in your area. Whether you want to keep the cost low or are after a touch of luxury, there is something to suit every budget.
Posted: 27 January 2022
Juliet Draper is a hair and make-up artist covering weddings in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and throughout the Cotswolds. We chat with her about preparing your skin and hair for a late-winter wedding. She tells us, "During the winter, because of the cold air outside and central heating indoors, our hair and skin can start to feel dehydrated and lacking in moisture. When it comes to your hair, keep the water at a reasonable temperature when you're showering because if it's too hot, it can remove the moisture from your scalp resulting in flaky skin. Treat your locks to a conditioning treatment once or twice a week will lock in the moisture so that your hair looks healthy and glossy. By incorporating a gentle head massage at the same it, it will help to stimulate the hair follicles and blood flow to your scalp.
Posted: 25 January 2022
Heather Card is a fully insured, professional make-up artist specialising in airbrush make-up covering weddings across the South West. We catch up with her to hear her tips about achieving the perfect brow. She tells us, "I tend to recommend natural, refined and defined brows for my brides. They always need attention as part of the make-up application because some are naturally desirable and may only require a tidy up and a bit of powder to define them while others may be sparse, narrow or too thin. There are many good-quality brow products on the market. I like to use Brow Blade in taupe by Urban Decay which is a pencil and ink that are both waterproof. I also like to work with Brow Zings by Benefit which is a gel and powder. I recommend using a brow powder because it's easy to apply and you're less likely to make a mistake.
Posted: 23 December 2021
Sophie Casey is a professional make-up artist and hair stylist specialising in weddings. Her career has seen her work in fashion, film and television including on Downton Abbey. We caught up with her to ask what's trending in the world of bridal hair. She tells us, "I'm seeing a shift from boho-chic ooks to simpler yet textured styles. The tousled ponytail is trending at the moment and is simple to create with the volume on top and a soft curl or wave throughout. It looks great pinned into a low, seamless ponytail with loosely curled strands left at the front to frame the face. This style looks effortless finished with a wire hair accessory worn at the side and a veil can also be added."
Posted: 14 September 2021
Katie Robotham is the owner of Say Yes Bridal Stylist, a cruelty free and vegan-friendly bridal and event hair styling service in and around the Cotswolds. We catch up with her about making sustainable choices when it comes to big-day beauty. She tells us, "If sustainability is important to you, there are many bridal hair and make-up businesses who, like myself, have chosen to try and reduce their environmental impact. By making simple changes like using disposable and biodegradable towels, recyclable products including face masks and recycled packaging, it's the small things that have a bigger impact."
Posted: 10 September 2021
Now that weddings are back and the sun is out, we catch up with hair and make-up artist Sarah White about the trends for summer weddings. Sarah has more than 17 years' experience working in weddings, tv, film and fashion. Some of her most memorable jobs include working on the set of Pride & Prejudice and Casanova. She tells us, "Many beauty industry experts predict that 2021 will focus on lightweight foundations after months of being relatively make-up free during the lockdown period and having to wear face coverings. It will have inspired many brides-to-be to adopt a more natural look without the desire or need for heavy foundation coverage."
Posted: 16 July 2021
A leading Cheltenham-based skincare expert offering effortless, elegant beauty has expanded its range of products to bring salon-quality treatments to the home. Nanshy, which is known for its exquisite selection of make-up brushes, bags, sponges, and brush care items has launched the new line of skincare tools to make it easier than ever for both men and women to look after their skin with no salon visit required. Unlike make-up which masks imperfections and highlights key features of the face, Nanshy's new skincare tools address underlying problems to create smooth, healthy, and radiant-looking skin while maximising the impact of day-to-day self-care routines. The new line offers two introductory products that can produce professional, salon-quality results without needles or chemicals.
Posted: 8 July 2021
Last week, we caught up with Leanne Lishman, the face behind Cotswold Wedding Hair & Makeup based in Cheltenham that's dedicated to creating bridal hairstyles and make-up looks for brides and their wedding party, about summer make-up trends. In the second part of our exclusive interview, we unveil her hot summer bridal hair looks. She tells us, "Bridal hair has, along with make-up, embraced the natural look with many of us now loving our natural curls and waves. For many, the half-up style is still popular working with the hair's natural texture or by adding some soft, loose waves."
Posted: 6 July 2021