The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Tan

Updated: May 12

It’s one of the biggest, most beautiful days of your life. You want everything to go perfect right?

Here is my recommendations when it comes to the “Do’s and Don’ts” of wedding tan.

DO: Schedule a Trial session

At Tancouver, trials are mandatory for all first time clients who want a tan for their wedding. Similar to booking a trial for your make up, your spray tan should be no different. Your spray tan technician has many different tans with many different undertones, which will all provide a different result. Scheduling a trial allows you to make sure you are happy before your big day and gives your spray tanner a baseline so we know whether any adjustments need to be made for next time for example: slightly darker, more applied to a certain area etc as we all absorb tan differently. My books open 50 days in advance, however, once you complete a trial, I can personally book you in for your wedding tan, even if it is outside of the booking parameter. ***If you are a new client and have not booked a trial and you come in for your wedding tan, I will not be able to spray you.

DO: Book your bride/groom/bridal party tanning 1-2 days before the event. This allows sufficient time for your tan to be in “Full Glow Mode”. Tan starts to develop immediately but can continue to develop for up to 24 - 48 hours.

DO: Your research

I cannot stress this enough! Not all artists are the same, I highly recommend word of mouth and google reviews, be aware that the beauty industry is not regulated here. Try find someone who is a specialist in tanning (like me), so you can be assured that you’re in the right hands.

DO: Listen to your Spray Tan Technician tips

I cannot stress the importance of clients doing their prep before the appointment. I have the easy job of spraying you, ensuring you come to your appointment prepared by doing simple 2-3 steps will ensure that your skin is in its best possible condition to absorb the tan evenly. I give full client prep instructions upon booking for all of my clients. A spray tan is one of the only beauty services where the service provider has to also rely on the client for the job to be done with guaranteed satisfaction. A spray tan is 60% client prep and aftercare and 40% skill of the technician.

DON’T: Forget your bridal party.

There is nothing more beautiful and cohesive looking in your professional photographs than the bridal party all having a slight sun kissed glow on your big day! I have also spray tanned Grooms and Groomsmen. There is nothing wrong with wanting a healthier complexion and an even skin tone on your big day!

DON’T: Skip out on your aftercare.

Now that you have your tan on, it is your responsibility to keep it perfect for your big day. Your spray tan technician should give you aftercare advice on how to maintain the tan in the best way possible.


A: The Custom tan is the perfect option.


A: The more harsh the lines the harder they are to cover. Similar to painting a wall, for an even colour the base must be even. Tan is not cream based camouflaging make up, it purely temporarily tints the skin by reacting with the amino acids on your skin. While we can help to take the look of lines away it is all very dependant on how bad they are. Although nothing can 100% cover them, if you are looking to conceal more intricate tan lines, please book the spray and contour for your trial session, it is a longer more specialized appointment using the contouring pen to cover the lighter areas first etc.

** Please note that I am unavailable June 10th, 23rd & June 24th.

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