Being the Type A person that I am, I have made a series of checklist for everything that is wedding related. Apart from the usual nikah, reception, vendor checklists, I've added one checklist into my lists. One thing that I think some of bride-to-be might have missed out and neglect.
The grooming checklist.
Now we all agree that the bride is the center of or main attraction, correct? No matter how dashing and handsome the groom will look, he is merely an added accessories to the bride. Of course, you wouldn't wanna risk the chance of him stealing the limelight from you, now would you?
(Matilah lepas ni kena bashing dengan tunang sendiri)
The grooming checklist is important because a RM 5,000 designer dress will look cheap if you the bride didn't look good. Make-up can only cover the outer imperfection on your face. But how about your teeth? Your breath? Your unibrow and upper lips hair? Your nails?
And let's not be prude here, we are all big girls and big enough to handle this. During the night, where you might or might not be spending the night with your newly wedded husband. Do you want him to scream his lungs out seeing you in sexy lingerie with unruly and untamed "down there" hair? I'd die of shame if my husband reacts that way.
- Unless you have a perfect porcelain skin, start taking (extra) care of your skin be it face, arms, legs or whatever as long as the skin is intact with your body. Take supplement. Vitamin C is good to start with. Ask the pharmacist. They can guide you. If you have extra money (to waste) take Vitamin C jab. A friend of mine did it and man, her skin looks beautiful....................for 2 weeks, until her next jab, that is. Personally I wouldn't recommend it. I prefer supplement over injection. Needles make me nervous.
- Do facial. But not when it's near to your wedding day as a first timer may experience a slight irritation or redness or little bumps. I know that a facial may and can cause a hole in your pocket but if you can spend thousands of ringgit on your dress, you might wanna spend a little on your face. After all, people will look at your face not your dress.
- Get and be fit. It's not all about looking good. It's about feeling good (inside) as well. Spanx and corsets may come handy and an easy solution to camouflage the extra fats but trust me, a little effort of cutting down your eating portion and exercise goes a long way.
- Get enough sleep and rest. Delegate the works to your families and friends. That's what they're for. HAHA. Gila kerahan tenaga.
- Do professional teeth cleaning or scaling. If money is not an issue go for professional teeth whitening. No one want to see the bride's stained teeth.
- Closer to the date, avoid eating food that can stink your breath. Like petai and jering for example. Your mom's sambal petai udang may be the yummiest in the world but bear it for a while. Kang ada yang pengsan lite-lite masa salam kiss kiss tu.
- Go for manicure and pedicure. Nothing beats the perfectly manicured nails. Kot ada yang jenis suka gigit kuku tu, takde la kuku pendek kontot bergerigi je rupa dia. Tak ke buruk rupa nak salam dengan tetamu?
- Waxing (legs, upper lips or whatever that is hairy and you wanna get rid of). If you dare, go Brazilian. It's a must for me. I can stand the pain as my pain threshold is quite high. What I can't stand is the humiliation and shame. Though my friend assures me that the waxer was quick and there's no even enough time to get and be ashamed of but I still am! How? Must.do.before.get.married.
- Go for a spa. Constant massage and scrubbing do wonders to your skin. I am sure your husband will appreciate the baby smooth skin later. Takde la kulit berkerak je dik oi.
- Hair treatment. Even if you're wearing tudung. Nak ke bukak tudung lepas habis majlis rambut ko mengerbang macam Cik Pon?
These are all that I could think of right now. Feel free to add anytime. After all, sharing is caring.