For my wedding I got an airbrush spray tan from a local salon. The salon uses the Norvell spray tan system and it is by far my favorite spray/self-tanning system. Combining a brilliant, dark, deep, and natural color with a custom application, the end result is a beautiful tan for your beach or summer wedding. I have always loved the color the Norvell system gives me and will continue to use it when I have special events. I enjoy applying a self-tanning lotion myself but for special occasions, I like to have a professional spray tan. I have also tried the Mystic tanning booth and I do not recommend it at all (uneven application, horrible smell, extremely unnatural color, faded quickly, even more expensive, etc).
Even though I did develop a natural tan before my wedding, the darkest tanning color for the system deepened my tan even more. But you may be asking, “What if I have naturally fairer skin?” Choose a lighter shade and the resulting look will still be a natural and healthy glow to your skin. Both my mother and sister, who are more fair than I am and have a reddish-undertone to their skin, got the lighter shades done for the wedding and it turned out great. While traditional self-tanning lotions/mousse leaves streaks if water touches it before the tan has fully developed, my Norvell tan still looked great the next day even though I accidentally spilled water on myself only a hour after application.
If you would like to have these results at home, you can purchase a Norvell system and learn how to apply it (or make a loved one learn, haha). Or you can choose to go to a salon that uses the system (that is reputable, look up reviews) and get a custom application. The salon I went to is Glow Tan and Boutique in Canton, GA. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, I highly suggest you try out this salon. It is a far drive but completely worth it. The current cost of one application is $30 (plus tip if you want) and that is a reasonable price, especially since most salons are charging $35-$55 for either a personal airbrush tan or a tanning booth. If a party of four or more goes at one time (make sure to set up an appointment beforehand), the cost of the spray tan per person drops down to $25. If you are curious in getting a spray tan, regardless of the brand, try it out a few weeks before the wedding to see if you like the color. If you do end up going with the specific brand, I suggest getting the spray tan done two days before the wedding.
I hope all this information is helpful and look out for my next post which will give suggestions for products to bring on your honeymoon!