Top tips for a beautiful bridal bathroom: Setting the scene for the big day

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Unless you’ve set foot on the moon or won a gold medal at the Olympics, your wedding day will be the biggest and most important day of your life. There may be other days which come close but this is the one special time when your friends and family all come together to celebrate that special bond between you and your partner.

The day itself usually follows a similar pattern, beginning at home or your parents’ home, where you’ll no doubt be a bundle of nerves, before moving onto the actual venue itself, which could be a place of worship, registry office, hotel or specialist wedding venue. Then it’s onwards to the evening do, which may be held in the same venue or somewhere completely different again.

We have already covered tips on preparing your bathroom for the big day, but that is all about getting your schedule right for the big day. This article is all about making phyiscal changes to your bathroom in the run upto the big day. After all there will be plenty of getting ready snaps taken.

Whilst we tend to focus more on the external venues in terms of look and feel, getting our homes just right for the special day is something that really shouldn’t be overlooked. As you’ll no doubt find, if you’ve experienced the wedding of a close friend or relatives at first hand, the bathroom can be a real hive of activity on the morning of the big day.

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Making the most of your bathroom

The majority of British homes only have one bathroom, although many modern houses also feature a downstairs cloakroom (around 40%) and, if you’re really lucky, an additional ensuite (around 20% of homes). So, if there is only one space in which you can prepare for your big day in private, you need to ensure it is fit for purpose and full of useful bathroom accessories.

Many brides these days like to document their whole experience either through social media or assisted by a professional photographer. Whether you’re planning on posting pictures to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or simply compiling a treasured photo album, what day would be complete without the inevitable bathroom selfie? After all, you’ll want to look back on the time you were treated like royalty, perhaps with a glass of something chilled in hand, getting your hair, nails and makeup done. And whilst you may be looking and feeling a million dollars, a tired old bathroom certainly isn’t the backdrop you want or need.

So, to help you capture those perfect memories on your big day, we’ve come up with some great tips to make your bathroom look beautiful.

Does your bathroom look dated?

An out-of-date bathroom certainly won’t look great in your pictures, unless you’re having a vintage-themed wedding of course! If it badly needs a refurbishment, why not set a small amount of budget aside to give it a quick refresh?

Whilst we’re not suggesting a full renovation (I mean, who needs that when you’re planning a whole wedding too?), there are some quick and low-cost ways to spruce up your space in time for the big day.

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Give it a deep cleanse

It is a good idea to give your bathroom a deep and thorough clean a week or so before your wedding. Give ceramics a thorough scrub with a household cleaner and use a mix of vinegar and water to bring back sparkle to taps, showers and other chrome fittings. Wipe down furniture and clean glass, not forgetting to squeegee off excess water and dry with a soft cloth. Get rid of unsightly mould by using a mix of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water and scrub with a stiff brush.

New walls and floors

If your tiles are looking worse for wear and completely out of date, it may be time to say goodbye to them. A quick lick of paint can be the quickest and easiest ways to spruce up walls, with an on-trend colour like coral pink, amethyst purple or marigold yellow. If you’re looking for something a bit more decorative, shower wall panels are an excellent option. They’re more cost effective than tiles, easier to keep clean and are much quicker to fit.

It’s a similar story with floors. If things are looking less than impressive, there are some great modern laminate and vinyl flooring solutions which can be fitted without the need to hire a professional. You could choose to give your floor a stone or wood effect finish at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

De-clutter your space

Not really something you’ll need to do until a few days before, but if your bathroom is prone to feeling cluttered, it might be worth giving it a good clear out. First, sort and throw out any old bottles or containers, and rid yourself of anything you simply don’t use. This will help free up space.

Go through any cabinets or storage units and re-organise. It’s better to discreetly conceal items, instead of leaving them on display. Make sure you know where everything is, so you’re not panicking on the morning of your wedding day. Add some stylish boxes and baskets to help keep things in order. You’re bound to come up with more fun wedding photo ideas in an uncluttered bathroom.

Add storage if necessary

If your bathroom still looks cramped and crowded, with items all over your surfaces, perhaps it’s time to invest in some more storage, like a vanity unit or wall hung cabinet? Make sure any new furniture complements your current bathroom style.

Alternatively, if you simply want to make your bathroom look good for pictures, move certain elements out into another room or a kitchen cupboard.

Accessorise

As any photographer will tell you, accessories can help to add a certain look or feel to your pictures. To create a wedding theme, look for items which are consistent with your chosen theme. White lace and good luck charms are obvious choices but how about creating a thoughtful display containing treasured mementoes or photos of your friends and family? Invest in some shelving to create more space for these elements.

Make sure your bathroom mirror is up to the task. You’ll want to see yourself in the best possible light, so why not upgrade to an LED mirror, providing additional lighting where you need it most. Many models now come with demisters, so there’s no need to wait for the fog to clear straight after your bath or shower.

Set the scene

To get the perfect bathroom wedding day picture, there are a few things you need to remember. First, make sure the toilet seat is down. This is the golden rule of the bathroom selfie.

Second, use lighting to your advantage. If you’re lucky enough to have windows with plenty of natural light, make sure this is behind the photographer. However, you may want someone to create additional ambient light using another light source, like a camping lamp placed behind a mildly translucent material.

Finally, unless you want to get all artsy with your shot, make sure the person taking the photo isn’t visible in any mirrors or shower screens…unless that person is you, of course!

By following this advice, your wedding day bathroom should be picture perfect! Don’t forget to say “cheese”!

6 top tips: Preparing your bathroom for the big day

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With the big day on the horizon and all your months of planning finally falling into place, you’ll want to ensure everything runs smoothly both at home and at your wedding venue.

From bridal suites to bathroom suites, everything should be absolutely perfect with nothing left to chance. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what you can do with your bathroom to ensure your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible.

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1. Schedule times for showers and baths

If you haven’t already put a timetable in place, now’s the time to come up with one. It may sound a little anal (forgive the slightly crude pun) but scheduling bathroom time could be a very real necessity for the day of your wedding. If your home (or the home you’re spending the evening in) only has one bathroom, you’ll need to make sure everyone is in and done on time. For example, if your bridesmaid were to spend an extra 15 minutes in the bath, it could have a knock-on effect on the rest of your preparations.

You can easily use a phone calendar to organise this. Estimate the realistic time you’ll each need to shower/bathe and do all those things you’ll need to do. Ensure the bathroom is free for makeup or touch ups, not to mention that last minute toilet stop before you head to your wedding venue (remember, nerves are bound to play a part!).

2. De-clutter and clear surfaces

This is something that can be done around a week before your wedding day. A cluttered or disorganised bathroom, where items can be easily misplaced or lost, could put pay to your carefully laid plans. It’s a good idea to organise bathroom cabinets, throw out any used or out-of-date toiletries or medication and give the place a good tidy. If the bathroom still looks a bit cluttered, why not buy some storage boxes or baskets which will at least make things appear tidier.

3. Lay everything you’ll need out

If you have followed step 2 and tidied your bathroom ahead of time, just make sure you don’t tidy away too efficiently. Everything you need for the big day should be close at hand. From the more conventional items, like toothbrushes, toothpaste and toiletries, to those cosmetic essentials, like makeup, hair products and even life-saving safety pins, everything should be in an easy-to-reach place. A new set of bathroom accessories will help you do this.

4. Make sure hot water is switched on

If you’ve planned a large wedding entourage, who will each need to use the bathroom, it makes sense to ensure there’s enough hot water to go round. First things first, make sure your hot water is switched on. After all, you don’t want a freezing cold shower in the morning, do you? Secondly, ensure everyone is working to your showering timetable (which we’ve already mentioned), so nobody uses up the hot water. As it’s your wedding day, you’ve got the perfect excuse to be first in the shower!

5. Use radiators and heated towel rails to warm bathrobes

As your formal attire is one of the last things you’ll attend to, you’ll most probably be walking around the house in your bathrobe (with a nice glass of something bubbly in your hand, no doubt!). As we all know, the great British weather doesn’t always play ball, even in the middle of summer, so it pays to hang bathrobes over bathroom radiators and heated towel rails, ready for you to use. If you’re feeling warm and cosy from the get-go, you’re more likely to feel all warm and gooey inside when you walk down the aisle.

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6. Ensure your bathroom mirror is up to the job

One vital thing, that often gets overlooked, is the size and quality of your bathroom mirror. On this day of all days, you’ll want to ensure you look your very best. If your current mirror isn’t up to scratch, why not invest in something bigger and better? There are plenty of bathroom mirror options for you to choose from, including models with LED bulbs which provide added task lighting for makeup and even integrated magnifying mirrors, making close-up work much easier. A full length mirror which can be tilted and moved to other rooms (often known as a “cheval mirror”) could be another option to consider.

Once you’ve settled into your marital home, why not head to Victoria Plum, the online bathroom specialists, for more great bathroom ideas.