Wedding Spray Tan

If you are looking for the perfect, flawless tan for your wedding, look no further!

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 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 book

For your big day, we recommend booking your spray tan 2 days before the wedding, as 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, we 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. We offer gradual self-tan in the salon that you can purchase at your appointment.

If you’re wondering when to shower after, you can check out our when to shower after a spray tan page.

Don’t forget the groom!

Lastly, why not bring the groom, mother or bridesmaid along and take advantage of our 2 for £30 spray tan deal. 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