March is just around the corner, which means that June brides are beginning to notice a checklist, with not too many checks!
Nothing takes a woman’s breath away faster than the vision of a wedding dress, a diamond ring, or the mention of the word, honeymoon. Planning for a wedding can be an experience to treasure, or a nightmare to forget. The list of things to do appears to grow rather than shrink, right up to the moment of the ‘I do’s’.
Experienced wedding professionals can be of greater value to your wedding plans than any single expense you will have. There are dedicated professionals that know how to help with the numerous decisions you will make before the wedding. We were excited to meet one dedicated wedding professional who ‘Follows You, After The I Do’.
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The beauty shop, for brides, is often considered as that momentary respite for those final hours before the wedding, yet not thought of as one of her important visits to make long before wedding day. Every smart bride and wedding planner knows that while wedding day passes by so quickly that most brides are certain they did not get to speak to everyone, they also know that the photos taken that day will live on to tell the story, that the blur of the day quickly forgets; hair and makeup are captured in those photos, for better or for worse.
Every hairdresser knows that the biggest mistake brides often make as they plan to execute their checklist, is there hair and makeup. We see it year after year. Brides want their hair and makeup to look the same as it does for other special occasions or events. Nothing else about wedding day is ordinary, why should their hair and makeup be? Or worse, they want it to look natural. Looking natural is fine for a 6:00 a.m. wake up calls, not for the most enchanting day of your life.
We would like to think that most photographers will capture our best features and perfect angle, and some do, but why not help them out a little? Makeup will often look pale, and hair flat, in photos that have not been well thought out before.
The best way to avoid the mistakes in photographs that you will have to live with the rest of your life is through a trial run. Oh sure, we will often have brides come in to have their hair done in advance with the veil or head piece, to be certain it looks right, but that is only a good beginning.
Makeup should be done in advance to try out various color schemes on your eyes and lips. It is easy to look washed out and tired in photos, and so it is a good idea to exaggerate the emphasis of color and definition on your face. Try several different lip colors, eye shadows or contours. Ask a makeup artist to give you two or three different makeup looks, to see which one achieves the portrait you hope to capture. And by all means wear white the day you go for a trial on your hair and face, so you will have a better understanding of the contrast that needs to be created.
Now, lets assume a bride schedules a trial appointment to test out all of these things; you can be certain she will forget to do the most important thing on that day: Take Photos!
A good friend, hopefully your brides maid, will need to take lots of photos of you after your hair is done, and after each different makeup color scheme has been applied. Animated shots from various angles and poses will give you a chance to see if your hair needs to be bigger, flatter, darker, or lighter, and will make you more aware of how your makeup appears in photos. The best thing to do with these photos? Give them to your photographer the day before the wedding so that they can catch a glimpse of how you photograph.
This early preparation is a miniscule cost in comparison to the many others you will make before wedding day, and you will be thankful for every penny of its value.
The ‘I do’ day is only the pinnacle moment in the life of lovers. The months leading up to that special day, as well as the many years after, can create happy memories when exchanged with friends who understand and share your interest in the magical day of your wedding. So be certain to reach out to others who are experienced in these things, and who offer the services to assist you in making your most valuable purchases. And do treat yourself with a visit to She Just Got Married.com to discover the you, after the “I do”!