Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding Day Hair and Make-Up Tips

There is something special about getting dolled up on your wedding day.  You get to feel pampered and beautiful, your pictures will look great, and your groom will be in awe.  Here are some helpful things to keep in mind for your wedding day hair and make-up, whether you choose to hire someone to help you or style yourself:
Look Like Yourself
I personally wear a lot of make-up all the time, but when I went to some make-up trials the artists wanted to give me a “natural bridal look.”  Sure, that style of make-up looks beautiful, but just wasn’t me.  I finally found a make-up artist who listened to what I wanted (long lashes!  shimmer!) and also helped guide me with her expert opinions.  Same goes for hair: get your hair styled in a way that you love, not necessarily in the way that you think you “should.”  Speak up for yourself, ask for changes if you aren’t satisfied, and remember that you want to look like the best version of you, not someone else.
Set-up a Trial
One way to eliminate wedding day stress is to set-up a hair and make-up trial before your wedding day; that way there will be no surprises on your big day and you will know exactly what to expect.  Bring pictures to your trial of your favorite hair and make-up styles, and let your stylist work his/her magic.  A good bridal hair and make-up person will make changes at your request, and it is a great opportunity to see if you are happy with what you envisioned.  Also, make sure to take pictures after the trial that you can refer to later; maybe your lip color isn’t showing up like you […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Wedding Planning Tips|1 Comment

What to Consider When Making Your Wedding Timeline

I have been to a lot of weddings, each with their own unique flavor, but one thing I always notice is what the timeline feels like.  Is cocktail hour too short?  Are guests waiting too long for their dinners?  Is there enough time for dancing?  In my opinion, a well-planned timeline can completely enhance, or sour, a guest’s experience.  Here are some things to consider when making your wedding timeline so that you and your guests can enjoy yourselves to the fullest:

1) Wait time during cocktail hour

If you plan on having a cocktail hour immediately after your ceremony (which is a great idea because it gives you a chance to sneak away for some pictures while guests mingle and snack), make sure that the cocktails and appetizers and ready to be served right from the beginning, and that you keep it under an hour long.  After the ceremony, everyone is ready for a drink and some delicious food – you don’t want guests to be standing around waiting in a long drink line while the caterers are still working on getting the food out.  Give guests enough time to enjoy themselves, but not so much time that it starts to take away from the actual reception.  With prompt service and a 60 minute max time frame, your cocktail hour will be perfect.

2) Wait time between dinner and dancing.
So your guests have enjoyed cocktail hour, you’ve moved everyone to the reception, and it is time for toasts, dinner, and dancing.  You really want to think the timing of this through: try to cram too much into a short period of time and it will feel rushed, but give too much time for dinner for example and […]

By |February 2nd, 2014|Wedding Planning Tips|0 Comments

3 Wedding Day Tips for a Smooth Ride

You did it! You planned your wedding and the big day is finally here.  Here are 3 Wedding Day Tips for a smooth ride on your special day:
1) Eat!
Start your day off with breakfast and some exercise.  You will feel energized and ready to take on the day.  Don’t skimp on lunch either; while you are getting ready, have a bridesmaid grab you a sandwich.  Your dress is going to fit not matter what at this point, and you won’t have to worry about your stomach growling at the altar or getting drunk after one sip of champagne.
2) Bring a copy of your Wedding Day Template!
Give a bridesmaid a copy for your peace of mind.  Before you leave for the venue, do a quick run through to make sure you and your bridal party are bringing your purses, make-up, and whatever else you may need.
3) Smile!
The planning is over.  You survived.  Now is the time to smile, relax, and enjoy your day.  With your Wedding Day Template, you haven’t missed a thing and your wedding is going to be spectacular.  Marry that man of your dreams, be in love, dance with your friends and family, and simply enjoy yourself.  It is going to fly by!

-Happy Planning

By |January 7th, 2014|DIY Wedding Advice, Wedding Planning Tips|0 Comments