Glasses vs Contacts for Your Big Day

Glasses vs Contacts for Your Big Day

February is the month of romance – here are some suggestions when thinking about glasses vs contacts for “Your Big Day”

2018 was the year where many were fixated on the royal wedding, celebrities and A-listers went public with their partners and got engaged. 2019 is where they seal that commitment and have their celebrity weddings.

A few upcoming weddings

  • Lady Gaga and Christian Carino – got engaged in Oct 2018. Gaga promises it will be “hugely elaborate”
  • Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas – France this summer.
  • Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott – Engaged Dec 2018. Some believe they have already said their vows for real

Whether to say “I do” or “I don´t” to glasses or contacts for the “Big Day” is a dilemma suffered by anyone who doen´t have perfect 20/20 vision (this demographic covers A LOT of the population!).

Where here to help you look at the pros and cons and to help you make the right decision for you, personally.

Anyone who has already tied the knot will agree that everyone you meet will have an opinion about some aspect of your wedding – the dress, the venue, the flowers, whether you should change your name, the honeymoon etc etc. Each of these opinions are valid and worthy but every wedding is different and you should choose what you like because it´s your day.

Many people feel that this is their opportunity to look the best that they possibly can for this one day (I have hear d of brides who have grown their hair for a full year in advance of the wedding, because of a particular hairstyle they wanted, only to breathe a sigh of relief and cut it all off the following day!).

Others feel that it is much more important to stay true to who they are – they refuse to use the hair iron, insist on doing their own make up because it is extremely important that “I feel like me”.


Pro 1: A very obvious pro is that glasses make a great accessory.
There are many people with 20/20 vision who wear glasses simply because they look great!!! We would recommend that you take your glasses with you when you go dress shopping to make sure they complement your gown. Like any accessory, glasses can add the perfect final touch to an outfit.

Pro 2: Many glasses wearers feel that glasses are an extension of their face and a part of their personality and wouldn´t feel like themselves without them.
If you wear your glasses every day, then it should be a no-brainer to keep them on during your wedding. Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to dress up like “the best you can do”, and we would encourage you to embrace your personal style. There´s nothing worse than a guest at the wedding wondering if they have come to the right church because you are unrecognisable!

Pro 3: You’ll be comfortable.
Contacts aren’t suitable for everyone. They can dry out, itch, cause all sorts of discomfort—wearing your glasses, you won’t have to worry about any of that. Because of the fact that you will have a very long day, knowing you won’t have to worry about your lenses, solution or any contact-related issues is worth noting.

Con 1: They might cause reflections.
As a glasses wearer, you have probably experienced the reflective glare that appears in some photos. To avoid the disappointment of getting your wedding photos back and realising that you can´t actually see your eyes in them there is a simple solution. Invest in specific lenses that are anti-glare and can help you avoid this problem. If your frames are not too old you can have them re-glazed, otherwise, you can treat yourself to a new pair of glasses with anti-glare lenses. Unlike a lot of the expense of a wedding, this is an investment that you will continue to enjoy on a daily basis long after the actual day.

Con 2: Removing your glasses for the photos doesn´t always work
If you choose to simply remove your glasses for the pictures, the expression on your face will look odd and unfocused when you’re looking at the photographer because you won’t see his face and don’t have your vision focused on anything. Take a few practice shots and you’ll see what I mean. Additionally, be aware that if you remove your glasses for the photos you may be left with a dent on your nose where the bridge of the glasses was.

Make-up tip for glasses wearers: For the makeup just swop your usual eye make-up for a slightly darker eyeliner and mascara and use a highlight to make your eyes pop!

Contact Lenses

Pro 1: You can see your complete face and eyes.
Many people choose to remove their glasses for their wedding photos to avoid glare in the photos, or to avoid the possibility that the glasses will look dated over time. Contact lenses offer the opportunity to remove your glasses without loosing sight.

Pro 2: Contact lenses can enhance your eye colour.
Lenses such as Freshlook Colorblends are perfect for adding a complementary tint to your eyes and when paired well with your natural eye colour can give you a truly striking look.

If you’re looking for something a little extra for your wedding day, then you could use contacts to achieve a stunning look. Acuvue Define Sparkle blend highlights with your natural eye colour for a sparkling effect, while Acuvue Define Shimmer use a dark ring around the iris to create extra depth and definition. Both lenses add a touch of glamour without changing your natural shade.

Con 1: You may not be comfortable.

Contacts aren’t for everyone. They can dry out, itch, cause all sorts of discomfort. Make sure you try the contacts well in advance of your wedding day to ensure that you are comfortable and confident wearing them.
As weddings can be such long days, make sure you have all the essentials you need for comfortable and clear vision for the whole day. The most important thing to remember is not to exceed the manufacturer’s recommended wear time and to bring supplies if you think that you might.

If you’re wearing monthlies, make sure that someone has a case and solution for you to store them in. It’s also worth bringing a spare pair of glasses if the party goes on into the early hours!

Make-up tips for contact lens wearers: Whether you’re doing your make-up yourself, asking a friend to do it or hiring a professional, you should make sure that you’re careful with contact lenses when applying your make-up.
The most important thing to remember is to put on your lenses before you start. This avoids anything getting trapped behind the lens and causing you discomfort.

Another important point, make sure that you or whoever does your make-up doesn’t use oil-based mascara as it doesn’t work well with contact lenses and could cause blurry vision or uncomfortable eyes.

One glasses wearer´s opinion:

When I look back on my wedding photos in 10, 15, or 20 years, I don’t want to see a glamorous stranger who managed to fake 20/20 vision for a few hours by getting over her fear of touching her eyeballs long enough to insert contact lenses. I want to see a souped-up version of the woman I look at in the mirror every day — four eyes and all.