Victoria Guthrie speaks to Sarah Gregory, owner of Flawless Image beauty salon, about preparing for the big day


Sarah Gregory, owner of Flawless Image beauty salon in Ipswich, has years of experience helping couples with their wedding day image, helping them to look perfect for their big day.

Each wedding requires a great deal of preparation with a lot of considerations to make that big day special. Preparing for their wedding day is important to Sarah’s clients, many of whom start preparing every detail up to a year in advance. Many people plan to be waxed before the wedding and pre-plan their makeup but there are so many more options available to both brides and grooms. The treatments carried out depend on budget, personal preferences and how much time there is to prepare.


A Year to go

Treatments like advanced anti-ageing facials to promote a glowing complexion and to reduce the appearance of fine lines without going under the knife. This is also the time where you might consider semi-permanent makeup, facial vein and pigmentation removal and beginning a course of laser hair removal.

Flawless image have a range of talented consultants who provide additional  advanced treatments in the salon on an appointment basis. These include laser teeth whitening which uses an advanced non-invasive technology. The procedure only takes just over an hour and can whiten teeth by more than 15 shades. Laser whitening is really popular for both men and women to get that amazing wedding day smile. Consultant Natasha offers semi-permanent makeup for both eyeliner, lipliner and more. If you want to find out more about semi-permanent make up get in touch with the salon, Natasha provides free consultations.

To ensure your skin is happy and healthy it’s important to start increasing your water consumption as early as you can. Drinking lots of water helps to flush out toxins from your system. If you don’t already, it’s important to start the process of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day for maximum benefit for the big day.

Once you’ve picked your dress and you’ve decided on the style of your wedding, it’s time to book in for your makeup trials. Flawless Image offers a standard makeup trial but Sarah is always happy to create a bespoke package tailored to your needs. If you think it’s too hard to choose your makeup on your own some brides like to bring along relatives or bridesmaids. Sarah and the team at Flawless Image want you to both look and feel fabulous on your wedding day; their extensive experience with weddings has shown that providing makeup on site is simpler and easier for both bridge and groom, which is why they provide it as part of the service!

Looking and feeling great shouldn’t only be for your wedding day – you’ve got that hen party to enjoy too. Flawless Image are partnered with the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and offer a range of spa day and pre-wedding packages. The Salthouse and Flawless Image can tailor hen party packages to your requirements. The whole salon is available for hire for larger parties; Sarah and her team will dress it up with decorations and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel will deliver afternoon tea or canapés to the door. Together, Flawless Image and the Salthouse can provide a great experience for a range of different budgets and requirements.


Three Months to go

Coming up to three months away from the big day, you’ll want to book in any waxing appointments with the salon. Flawless Image offer a wide range of waxing for both men and women, grooms often wants a smoother look for the big day. This is also the time to be booking a series of detoxing and toning treatments. Flawless Image offer the Go Figure body wrap which is specially designed to tighten and firm hips, bums and tums. A course of six treatments is recommended to get the full effect, which is why the three month head start is recommended. For men, now is a good time to start getting the Go Guy facial which is a popular treatment specially designed for guys who want their skin to look its best.


A Week to go

When the week of the wedding arrives, you want to be calm and relaxed. There’s no better way to relax than to enjoy a variety of pampering treatments in the run-up to your wedding. Just before your wedding you’ll want to book in for your massages, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and your manicure and pedicures. Flawless Image is increasingly popular with gentlemen too, offering a men’s manicure and pedicure. Our editor, Victoria, had the pleasure of receiving the Fiducae: Touch and Go treatment which consisted of a back and neck massage using Dream Stones to really work out any knots. The treatment includes a relaxing leg massage, scalp massage and facial all rolled into a one hour treatment. ‘The whole experience was incredibly stress relieving and relaxing.’

Whatever your preferences or requirements, Sarah and her team at Flawless Image can help you prepare for your big day and tailor a range of treatments to ensure you arrive feeling relaxed and truly pampered.

Flawless Image also offer a range of beauty treatments at the Courtyard Leisure Club at Seckford Hall for both men and women – ideally located if you’ve booked the hall as your venue.

To talk to Sarah or her team about your wedding requirements, visit the salon at Flawless Image, 49-53 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JL, 01473 211010,,