Spray Tanning and Your Wedding


Artistry By Erin

Let’s face it ladies: hardly anyone looks great in white. Unless, that is, they have a beautiful tan! Many of our brides are turning to spray tans to get a golden glow before their wedding – without the cancer risks or tan lines!

I asked two Jacksonville-area spray tan artists for some tips.

What should brides or bridesmaids look for in a tanning company?

Make sure it’s a legitimate business, spray tanning is an intimate service and you want to be with a professional. If they operate out of a salon or studio or they come to the privacy of your home its much better than you going to their home.  Also look at pictures of their work, before and afters are great. If they have reviews, check those out as well. – Erin Foster, Artistry By Erin LLC

A bride or any spray tan client should always ask the technician what type of solution do they use? Is it sugar based? Is it one color or do you add drops? A good solution should be sugar based. It draws the melanin forward and tans you what you are capable of tanning, not giving you a false color, hence ORANGE! By adding drops to the solution you tend to add too much DHA and tends to turn orange. – Kimber Newton Blair, Elite Look Tanning

How many days before the wedding should brides or bridesmaids get a spray tan?

Get your spray tan 2 days prior to wedding. The day before wedding you are busy with rehearsal and last minute details. If a mani-pedi is done after spray tan, let your nail technician know to not SCRUB. Elite Look Tanning solution last 7-10 days with proper lotion and tan extenders are used and after care instructions are followed. – Kimber Newton Blair, Elite Look Tanning

Should anything be done to prepare the skin for tanning?

Exfoliating well is key to getting a good spray tan. Shave at least 24 hours prior. Moisturize the night before but not day of.  If possible do not wear deodorant, perfume or lotion the day you get your tan or wash it off just before the tan, those things can create a barrier on the skin. – Erin Foster, Artistry By Erin LLC

ELT sells a Coconut Walnut Scrub to use prior to spray application. By using this scrub, it will not leave a residue like a sugar or salt scrub. You will want to shower, shave, and exfoliate right before your spray and DO NOT use lotion, oils, or deodorants after shower.  – Kimber Newton Blair, Elite Look Tanning

What should be worn during the application? 

For the tanning process they can choose what suits their comfort level. They can choose to be nude, topless with panties or with a bathing suit/bikini.  Here again this is why it is good to know and feel comfortable with your spray tan tech – it’s an intimate service and you want to be in a comfortable environment. – Erin Foster, Artistry By Erin LLC

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Elite Look Tanning

Will the color rub off?

When the spray is applied there is an instant bronzer in the solution that acts as a guide color for the tanning tech.  Essentially it is makeup, and yes, with friction it can rub off.  That is what is washed off with the first shower after the product has set on the skin for 8-12 hours (some you can even sleep in and cleanse off the next day). Once you’ve been sprayed, allow a few minutes of dry time before dressing. Wear loose dark clothing and you can still go about your day, it will only rub off if you actually try to rub at it. Once you’ve done the first shower and washed off the guide color, the tan itself wont rub off on anything. – Erin Foster, Artistry By Erin LLC

After spray, wear dark loose clothing like a sundress or large t-shirt and shorts. Nothing tight to the body so be prepared to not wear your undergarments home. You are dry when you leave so tan will not rub off but some will dome off on the inside of your clothing or sheets when sleeping. EVERYTHING washes out!  – Kimber Newton Blair, Elite Look Tanning

Do you have any tips for extending the life of the tan?

Most tans will last 7-14 days depending on their skin type and after care. To extend the life, cleanse using a light weight gel cleanser, nothing to thick or opaque, use also a light daily moisturizer. No oils, nothing to thick. The DHA in the solution has tinted the top layer of skin cells most people regenerate new cells every 7 days, the more moisturized the skin is the longer the skin will remain tan. Avoid using alpha hydroxyl acids, salisylic acid or any chemical or abrasive exfoliatants. After care is so important to maintain your tan. – Erin Foster, Artistry By Erin LLC

To extend the life of your spray tan always wait the 8 hours to shower then moisturize daily. Use Elite look Tan Extender and moisturizer all over body.  If honeymooning in warm place make sure to wear a sunscreen for you do not have a real tan!! You can receive UV same as with out a spray. We have only tanned the top layer of your skin and you shed dead skin cells every second of the day. Soft, moisturized skin is the key!   – Kimber Newton Blair, Elite Look Tanning


Tips For Moving In Together

Tips for Moving In Together

It’s inevitable. Whether you wait til after the wedding day, or take the plunge before, eventually you will have to do it. MOVE. IN. TOGETHER.

Most of us have shared living quarters before: parents, siblings, college roommates. But living with your significant other is a whole new ballgame. Here are some tips for coping with this adjustment:

  • Before the move, go through all your stuff. Decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to sell. Take a good look at the space you are moving into, and decide what can logically fit in that space. This is true if your significant other is moving into your current place as well – before all their boxes arrive, eliminate any extras you can. If both of you have had your own places, you might have two coffee makers, two toasters, etc. Decide whose will be kept, and whose will be sold/donated.
  • Have “the money talk” before moving in too. It’s better to discuss financial matters ahead of time, and definitely before getting married. Your new spouse’s financial picture will also become yours, so you should know all about their income, credit score, credit card debt or student loans, assets like savings and investments, and other financial obligations.
  • Also discuss household chores. Will you take a divide and conquer approach, where you’ll clean the bathroom and he’ll do the laundry? Or maybe you’ll do the yard work and she’ll handle the finances. However your new life looks to you, you should be sure that your partner is on the same page! This teamwork will save many arguments down the road, and will also lay the groundwork for compromising in the future.
  • Don’t forget about date night. Or alone time. When you live together, it’s easy to become stuck in a rut. Make time for fun activities together outside the house, but don’t lose touch with your friends either. Set dates on the calendar for both date time and friend time, and be sure to stick to this habit.

Holiday Weekend Weddings

Memorial Day at Arlington National CemeteryThis weekend, we’re enjoying a rare Memorial Day weekend off from weddings.  But holiday weekend weddings are extremely popular – is it a good choice for your wedding?

With a long weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day, your guests may be more inclined to stay longer if they are traveling. They won’t have to rush back to work on Monday, so they can relax on Sunday. This is great, if you plan to leave for your honeymoon Monday or later.

However, travel fees tend to be higher around the holidays, so it may be more of a financial burden for your out of town guests.

Because your guests may be in town longer, you may also need to host additional parties – a welcome reception, a post-wedding brunch, a Sunday beach party, etc. While this means more time to spend with your friends and family, it can also affect your budget significantly.

If you decide on a holiday weekend wedding, be sure to block off hotel rooms well in advance, as popular destinations may sell out. Also, send your save-the-dates out as soon as possible, so that your guests can begin making travel plans.

We’d also like to take a moment to honor our nation’s heroes, and encourage you to do the same this weekend!

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
~Wallace Bruce

Inside the Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Fishing Line’s Many Uses

Sewing a bridesmaids dressWedding planners usually travel with an extensive emergency kit. Ours includes things like hair spray, bobby pins, white pipe cleaners, and lots of pairs of scissors. This past weekend, I got to use one particular item in a whole new way.

Fishing line (yes, the clear stuff you attach to your fishing pole) comes in handy for lots of uses, mostly decor related. Maybe it’s attaching a wreath to a door, or affixing the alter flowers to a staircase at the reception. But this weekend, I got to sew with it.

You heard me right, sew with it. The entire zipper on a bridesmaid’s dress broke, because the seamstress (in Texas, not local!) made it a bit too snug three days before the wedding. No problem, right? We’ll just get out the needle and thread and stitch it closed. Well, because the dress was so tight, the thread kept breaking. Keep in mind, it’s now one hour until the ceremony starts! I stopped to think for a moment – “What else do I have the we could use?” And then it dawned on me. Fishing line!

I was a little nervous at first that it wouldn’t fit through the eye of the needle. But sure enough, it did. And we were off to the races! I stitched several small sections, tying off each one in case it did break – so hopefully, one a small section would break and not the whole thing.

Four hours later, I spoke to the bridesmaid at the reception about her dress. “I feel very secure!” she replied. I’m glad I actually learned how to sew (a little bit!) when I was young. Just one more skill a wedding planner should have!

Kathleen and Robby (03.29.14) – Sawgrass Beach Club Wedding, Ponte Vedra Beach

Here’s a peek at Kathleen and Robby’s brunch wedding at Sawgrass Beach Club! Thanks to Fox Fotography for the slideshow.