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7 + MONTHS
Take Stock of Your Skin. If you’re considering a professional treatment, now’s the time to book. Skin Rejuvenation Clinic offers a variety of laser technologies that tackle any number of issues—acne, scarring, discoloration—and can customize a course of action to fit your budget and needs. 6545 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-920-6545, skinrejuvenationclinic.net
Straighten Those Pearly Whites. Meet with your dentist ASAP to ready your pearly whites. Whether you want to devise a whitening plan or fix chipped or crooked teeth, it’s important to plan ahead—dental work can take up to a year to straighten out.
Take It Off. Some brides wax; others swear by painless laser hair removal. For the former, we recommend a trip to the European Wax Center, which conveniently has locations all over town. The Metropolitan in Edina offers painless (we swear!) laser hair removal. Whichever your pleasure, start the process now. Laser hair removal requires at least seven months to complete. European Wax Center, several metro locations, waxcenter.com; The Metropolitan, 7300 France Ave. S., Ste. 300, Edina, 952-288-2230, themonfrance.com
Tone Up. Use your wedding as an excuse to get in shape and splurge on special bridal deals like the one at Haute Barre, which offers three months of unlimited classes for brides-to-be. The Shops at West End, 952-681-2639, hautebarrestudios.com
Condition. Keep hair shiny and healthy with regular at-home deep conditioning treatments and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re growing your hair out, try a daily supplement like Viviscal ($40 for a 60-day supply), available at Target. target.com
Satiate Your Skin. Drinking water isn’t the only way to get your skin to glow. Beauty guru Elizabeth Dehn’s vitamin C serum for One Love Organics prevents and reduces sun damage, which leaves skin dewy and flawless. Apply it one to two times a day under your favorite moisturizer. $68, from HAUS Salon, multiple locations, haussalon.com
Ready That Ring Finger. Flashing your bling looks so much better after a good buff and polish. A la Mode in Edina offers nail aficionados a monthly membership with discounted rates on manis and pedis, offering plenty of time to find your favorite hue. 3928 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-300-2642, alamodenails.com
Banish the Bumps. Start a monthly facial routine to deep-clean pores and refine skin tone. We love Sonja at Spa Sweet because she includes plenty of stress-reducing massage in her facials. 4747 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-799-3588, spasweet.com
Practice Makes Perfect. It’s never too early to establish a relationship with your hair and makeup artist. Schedule a meeting with one of the pros from emily j. hair + makeup or Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios for a trial run. Be sure to capture your look with a camera so you can make any adjustments before the big day. emily j. hair + makeup, 612-590-8174, emilyj.com; Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios, 1595 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-253-3559, brettdorrian.com
Brighten Your Smile. For teeth that sparkle, ask your dentist about in-office whitening treatments or at-home bleach trays. Your dentist can customize a plan to ensure you get the most natural shade.
Trim Your Hair. You’ll want four weeks to adjust to a trim. If you’ve done one before, this is also a good time for a shine, relaxer, or texture treatment.
Hydrate. Caffeine and alcohol can be incredibly dehydrating for skin and bring out dark under-eye circles. Instead, drink plenty of water (cucumber slices or fresh herbs keep it interesting) to hydrate skin from the inside out.
Schedule Your Final Facial. Your skin may need time to settle down afterward, especially if your treatment includes extractions or a peel.
Brighten Up. Entrust your tresses to the deft fingers of Ivo Maslev at TC2 Salon in Minneapolis for a color touchup. 3054 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 612-929-2381, tc2salon.wordpress.com
Ditch the Mascara. For added glamour and a maintenance-free wedding and honeymoon (read: no mascara smudges), splurge on lash extensions. Nobody does it better than Jett Makeup. 3940 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-856-4888, jettmakeup.com
Wax Off. Get your final wax at least one week out so any remnants of redness are gone by the time the wedding festivities begin.
Go Glow. If you choose to get a spray tan, do it a few days before the wedding so your skin can adjust to the right shade of bronze. (We also encourage brides to test out a tan beforehand to find the perfect shade.) Bonus: The GoGLOW mobile will come to you and your bridesmaids. goglow.co
Pamper Yourself. Get a massage, manicure, and pedicure one day before the wedding. Phresh Spa Salon in St. Paul is perfect for relaxing with your entire bridal party. 937 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-288-4040, phreshspasalon.com