A wedding might only last for a single day, but wedding day photos are forever. Although in 10 years' time you might look back and wonder what you were thinking when it came to the bridesmaids' dresses, one thing you don't want to question in later years is your smile. Luckily, with some preparation and practice, your smile can look great in your photos today and on every anniversary. Even if you don't think you're photogenic, there are plenty of ways to look great in your wedding pictures.
Wedding Photo Prep
A healthy mouth means a happy smile in wedding day photos. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends scheduling a physical exam with your medical doctor before your wedding. It also makes sense to schedule a visit with your dentist a few months before your wedding to make sure there aren't any big issues, such as cavities or gum disease, with your teeth. Your dentist can also help you pick the best tooth whitening option to brighten your smile for the big day.
Along with seeing your dentist for a checkup and teeth whitening, don't forget to take great care of your teeth at home. Brushing with Colgate Total Advanced Whitening toothpaste twice a day helps prevent plaque, tartar build-up and gingivitis, while also removing surface stains from teeth. Flossing daily will also keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.
1. Don't Open Too Wide: One of the tricks to having a natural, relaxed smile in your wedding photos is not opening your mouth too wide and not pressing your teeth and lips together. There's a sweet spot between too wide and too narrow, and that's smiling with a slight amount of room between your upper and lower rows of teeth. Ideally, you'll be able to fit a pinky, but not much else, between your teeth when you smile. If your top and bottom rows of teeth are touching, you might look stressed out and tense.
2. Tilt to the Side: Everyone has a good side. You want to make sure yours is clearly visible in your wedding photos. Tilting your head to one side or the other can help balance your features, particularly if your face isn't perfectly symmetrical.
3. Pick Your Makeup Carefully: Makeup can be deceptive. What gives you a nice, healthy glow or shimmer in real life can make you look as though you're orange or sweating in a photo. For the sake of posterity, it's best to skip the bronzer or self-tanner on your wedding day and choose a more neutral foundation that matches your skin tone. Glittery or shimmery makeup might look festive in person, but it can shine too much in a photo and make you look sweaty or as if you've been crying.
The lipstick you pick for your wedding day is particularly important. Although matte shades might be in right now, it's better to pick a creamy formula with a bit of sheen. The sheen will reflect the light and can help make your teeth and smile brighter in the picture. To amplify the whiteness of your teeth even more, pick a shade of lipstick with a blue undertone, such as fuchsia or cherry red. Lipsticks with yellow or brown undertones will give your teeth a yellow tinge.
4. Loosen Up: It can get tiring standing around while the photographer snaps photo after photo of you, your new spouse, friends and family members. To avoid a wooden or stiff-looking smile halfway through your photo session, remember to keep moving. If you start to feel your face tensing up, take a minute to close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax your muscles. Then, get ready to smile again by forcing out a few "ha-has!" You might feel silly doing it, but it will help you stay loose and relaxed in your pictures.
Don't be shy about practicing your wedding day smile in the mirror in advance. Finding the perfect head angle, the perfect lipstick and the perfect way to open your mouth will help be you be confident that you look as great as you feel on your wedding day.