Wedding Spray Tan

Orange skin, patchy blotches or white hands; tanning faux pas are a frequent occurrence in everyday life, but don’t let it happen on your wedding day and book a spray tan. 

Surprisingly, even celebrities like Emily Blunt have self-tanning disasters before their wedding day, so do yourself a favour and give your photographer less time photoshopping and book a spray tan.

“Emily Blunt Regrets the ‘Patchy Orange’ Tan She Applied Herself Before Her Wedding Day”

So why do you need a spray tan instead of just applying fake tan myself? Because spray tans are applied evenly by an expert who can advise you on the best brand and shade for your skin tone and preferences.

We have all the pre-tan advice you need before your wedding spray tan and a list of the perfect tan for your wedding.

This article includes everything you need to know about getting a spray tan before a wedding:

  • preparation & aftercare advice
  • groom tanning
  • Sunbed vs spray tan
  • Shades for brides
  • When to book your appointment

A non-streak, natural and non-orange product is what you’re aiming for, and we know the perfect brands that will give your skin the healthy glow you’re looking for.  

Just a glow, please

For bridal tans, we always recommend the most natural brands and shades.

Choose professional, luxury tanning brands such as Vita Liberata, Nouvatan and St. Tropez. Having a choice of brand allows brides flexibility to find the right tone and shade that works best with their natural complexion and hair/eye colouring.

Vita Liberata

Simply put, you cannot go wrong with this fake tan.

Vita Liberata has a natural caramel tone and looks amazing on everyone. This product evens out the skin tone and gives you a natural, non-orange glow for any bride.

We recommend Vita Liberata Hawaii (light) or Ecuador (medium).

St. Tropez

There’s a reason why St. Tropez is the most famous fake tanning brand in the world, it’s sheer luxury in a bottle. From the invigorating citrus scent to the beach holiday glow, it really has to be a must be tan for weddings.

We recommend: St. Tropez Original (light/medium)


British-made ‘Nouvatan’ is just one of those products that hit the spot every time. It has an olive base which neutralises pink/red undertones (perfect for the British skin tone). It dries super fast, and it lasts super long! The original bottle is fantastic, and the olive version is my personal favourite tan to use.

We recommend 8% original, 8% olive or Nouvatan express tan for 1-2 hours.

When to spray tan before a wedding 

For your big day, we recommend booking your spray tan 2 days before the wedding, NOT the day before.

In this way, you can sleep with the self-tan on for full development. This will also prevent any colour guide from rubbing off onto your dress.

We strongly recommend having a trial tan, this will give you some knowledge of the tans that we offer and give you the opportunity to find the perfect brand and shade for you. Trial spray tans should preferably be booked at least one month prior to your wedding, we believe this to be as important as having a dress fitting or a hair and make-up trial!

Consultations are a must

If you have any doubts, feel free to email or phone us prior to booking, but we will always have a 1-1 consultation at your trial spray tan appointment.

We advise that you have an idea of the colouring you would like to be, looking through bridal magazines may help you, or if you have an image of yourself when you are tanned, if you bring this image with you, it will help to give us an idea of what you’re looking for.

It is important that you are completely honest with your spray tan therapist and give us a good idea of what shade your ideal tan is.

Preparation tips you need to know

We have listed some tips below to read prior to having your bridal spray tan, this will help you to achieve the most natural results:

Get a good base

Avoid using self-tanning products for at least one week prior to your tanning appointment to ensure there is a fresh base. This will allow the tan to go on the skin as flawlessly. 


Exfoliate 24 hours prior to your appointment and avoid exfoliating products on the day of the appointment. Try something like The Tan Eraser.


Complete hair removal 24 hours prior to the tan again, you do not want to be shaving/waxing on the day of the tan


Avoid wearing perfume, make-up, deodorant and moisturiser on the day of your appointment to prevent any barriers to the tan.

If you forget, please ensure you arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, most salons will provide you with wipes to remove any products on the skin. 

Conflicting treatments

If you are having any lash treatments completed i.e. lash lift or lash extensions, please let your salon staff know so they can give you protective eyewear.

Waxing must be done 48 hours prior to your spray tan appointment and certainly not afterwards.

Body peels are a nono.


Once your tan has developed, you should have a shower in lukewarm water, avoid using soap on your body (it is fine to use under your arms) and pat dry when drying off.

To prolong your tan, you should moisturise daily, ideally using an oil-free moisturiser, as oil can strip the tan.

Another way to extend the life of your tan is by using a gradual self-tan

Don’t forget the groom!

Lastly, why not bring the groom, mother or bridesmaid along.

This will allow you and your partner the chance to try different brands of tan. Learn more about spray tanning for men

Spray tan or sunbed before wedding?

Sunbeds are tempting, but gaining a natural tan comes at a cost to the health of our skin. Sunbeds give you 24 hours of sunlight in around 5 minutes, that doesn’t sound safe, does it?

Sunbeds cost around 5-9 pounds per session, and depending on your skin type, it may take a while to build up a tan.

Spray tan pros:

  • you have more control over your shade
  • Instant
  • no skin damage
  • less costly than building up a natural tan

Vita Liberata Spray Tan

Vita Liberata Spray Tan; Natural & Organic 

Vita Liberata tanning products are genuinely unique.

This luxury tanning solution is designed to be complexion-enhancing, smoothing imperfections and skin tone with an even golden brown finish lasting over a week.

For beauty therapists, it’s a dream to apply. Think dry mist, no over-powering odour and a visible colour guide—a satisfyingly easy application. Continue reading “Vita Liberata Spray Tan”

Spray tan extractor fans

Spray tan extractor fans; how to pick the best for your salon

Spray tan extractor fans are designed to pull aerosol particles towards a filter by a powerful fan, clearing the air.

Spray tan over-spray is the excess solution that hasn’t hit the skin and floats in the air during treatment.

It isn’t the worst thing you could inhale, but we would not be breathing it in!

In this article: 

  1. What are spray tan extraction fans?
  2. Why are they so important?
  3. Specifications
  4. The best spray tan extractor units
  5. Cost
  6. How to maintain your extraction unit
  7. What else can I do to reduce spray tan overspray?

Spray tan extractor fans.

Spray tan extraction units are essential for all spray tanning or beauty salons.

The reason it’s illegal not to have an extractor fan is because scientists don’t know if inhaling excess spray tan is harmful. Therefore, to ensure spray tanning remains safe, extractor fans must push the mist away from the client’s face and into an extraction unit.

The best extraction unit is exactly like our very own, which is a stand-in booth from St. Tropez.

The St. Tropez spray tanning booth pushes airflow onto your client, directing the spray to the filter at the bottom of the unit. This filter can be lifted out and washed with tepid water occasionally.

A spray tan booth where the client stands during treatment guarantees that air is pushed down over the client, removing excess mist from the air. This air is then sucked into the bottom of the spray tan extraction booth.

Although pricey, a good extractor fan will suck almost all, if not all, the excess spray tan solution from the air.


Ensure the machine has the following specifications when purchasing an air extractor unit.


Over 750 m3/h

Airflow is the volume of air a fan moves per unit of time, usually expressed in cubic metres per hour M3/hr.

Noise level

Under 71DB

Noise level is measured in decibels (dB). The louder the noise, the higher the decibels.







The higher the wattage, the higher the power it takes to run the unit at total capacity. The higher the number, the more powerful and effective the machine.


A suitable spray tan extractor that meets all the specifications for safe tanning will be around the £100 mark.

The best spray tan extractor booths

I have used two types of extractor fans in my salon and found them both highly effective.

I initially bought the ‘Walking on Sunshine’ extractor booth.

A small but powerful extraction unit, the Aura has been excellent at keeping the air and booths clean.

I couldn’t find the original ‘Walking on Sunshine’ unit, so I researched for alternatives with the exact specifications and found that the Aura Extraction units were similar.

  • Unique circular design – helps increase airflow efficiency
  • Removable filter. I found this removable filter cost-effective and easy to clean.
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Compact design with a carry handle – ideal for mobile salons
  • 230 Voltage – ensures professional results
  • Monitor filter – indicates when the main filter needs cleaning


  • Voltage; 230V
  • Amps; 0.34A
  • Wattage; 84W
  • Airflow; 793 m3/h (with filter in place)
  • Noise level; 71DB (the same as the average HVLP noise volume, so no added noise to your treatment room)
  • Colour; Gloss black



How to maintain your extraction unit

Regularly wash your filters to ensure adequate airflow

Extractors work by a fan, pulling the air and spraying tan particles towards the filter. The fan sits behind the filter, so to be efficient, the filter must be free of spray tan for the air to be sucked towards the fan.

Cleaning the filter should be carried out at the end of every day.

Make sure you wash your filter with tepid water (never hot). This is because most filters are made of foam or plastic, and boiling water will melt whatever material it’s made from.

Don’t cover the filter.

Explain to your staff and clients that the spray tan extraction unit should never be covered with clothes or towels. If the machine is covered with a material, the airflow will be inhibited, which could either reduce the unit’s effectiveness or overheat it.

Other ways to reduce spray tan overspray

Too much spray tan over-spray in the air is a problem for the therapist and the customer, and although the effects of inhaling spray tan are unknown, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t have to worry. Our spray tanning salon uses a particular airbrush gun designed for precise application. For example, you wouldn’t spray an arm with the same wide spray pattern you would use on someone’s back because the excess spray tanning solution would be wasted. To rectify this, your therapist must dial their guns up or down depending on what area they spray, or the room will get misty soon.

What To Wear to a Spray Tan

What To Wear to a Spray Tan

What you should and shouldn’t wear after a spray tan

Don’t let clingy clothes and lousy weather ruin your spray tan!

Leaving the spray tanning salon wearing a loose, protective post-tan outfit is essential to keep your spray tan looking fabulous.

Take advice from this post; you won’t have to walk about in your pyjamas or your Dad’s gym clothes to keep your tan on! Continue reading “What To Wear to a Spray Tan”