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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Top 10 Most Important Things for Your Wedding Day Morning

Filed under: Guest Authors,Hair Style,Makeup — Larry James @ 8:00 am
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Jacki Norrie, Guest Author

What is supposed to be the most glorious day of you life can begin with a morning of stress and frenzied activity. To help you create that atmosphere of excitement, anticipation and relaxation you have been envisioning (yes, you really can relax on your Big Day!), I have put together a Top 10 Most Important Things for Your Wedding Day Morning list. These items focus on the most important part of that time – your beauty of course – and are based upon the many, many wedding day mornings at which I have been present (Yikes! That number must be close to 2 thousand by now).

Top 10 Most Important Beauty “Must Do’s” for Your Wedding Day Morning are…

bridegettinghairdone1. Hire Beauty Professionals to come to you. This is the most precious gift you can give yourself on this day – by having your pros come to you you are allowing yourself time to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment.

2. Have a professional do your makeup. While you may be the professional at doing your own face, the pros know all the things you don’t. They know the tricks that make you look fantastic with flash photography while still looking yourself in person to your guests. They are masters at applying and choosing the correct makeup for your skin to resist sweat and tears (and there will be both!). Think of it this way – you are paying how much to have your pictures taken? And you will pay them how much to use Photoshop after the day to correct the images? ‘Nuf said.

3. Ask your Beauty Team for a schedule of the day’s appointments ahead of time so you can assign each person to a specific time. This cuts down on the “no, you go first – no, really you go… I’ll wait” conversations that are volleyed back and forth like a tennis ball eating up valuable time.

4. Let everyone who is receiving beauty services know any instructions you are given by the Beauty Professionals as to how to prep their skin and/or hair prior to receiving services. This will vary based upon the practices of the pros.

bridemakeup5. Tell each person to arrive 15 minutes before their time on the schedule. There is always someone who is running late…

6. Place your lipstick and pressed powder in your bridal purse before you have your makeup done. This ensures you are not running around looking for it in all the commotion at dressing time – or that you simply forget about it all together.

7. Set out your veil, head piece, and jewelry. This allows the hairstylist to see the items for a memory refresher on the size and scale of the items prior to starting your hair. It also lets the photographer have access to them for pics while you are finishing up with your beauty services.

8. Eat and brush your teeth before you sit down to have your beauty services done. Even though you may not want to eat, you must. It is a long day and you may not get a chance to eat much at the reception so get a bit of protein in early.

9. Keep a few straws in the room to use after your makeup is done. You will undoubtedly have a mimosa or two and a straw will help you keep your makeup picture perfect.

10. Last but not least, have your gratuity envelopes ready before the beauty pros arrive. The last thing you want to do when it is time to dress is worry about calculating an amount, collecting money or writing a check. It is uncomfortable for your Pro and an unnecessary item to worry about when the Time has come.

Oh, and one more thing that I simply can not leave out…

10 + 1. Be sure you have plenty of time to “run behind” built into your day. This is my formula and it works perfectly. Counting backwards (insert your own times into the formula):

bride• What time do you need to be at the ceremony? 4:00 p.m.
• How much time will it take you to get to the ceremony? 30 minutes with traffic.
• Subtract that amount of time from 4:00. = 3:30 p.m.
• Subtract 30 minutes to dress (Yes, it does take that long.) 3:00 p.m.
• Subtract the amount of time the photographer wants for pictures (if any). 40 minutes = 2:20 p.m.
• Subtract 30 minutes “just in case” time (beauty pro might run late, traffic, interruptions while you are receiving your services…). 1:50 p.m.
• The finish time for you to tell your beauty pros that you would like to be competed with all of your services = 1:45 p.m.

JackieNorrie

Jacki Norrie with Bride!

While every wedding is unique, every one of them really does begin with the same basic steps. Here’s hoping your experience is smooth, relaxing and enjoyable!

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Copyright © 2011 – Jacki Norrie. Reprinted with permission. “I adore what I do. I have spent the better part of two decades working to understand intimately the relationship between bone structure, hair design and makeup artistry. It is my pleasure to impart what I have learned to allow others to feel their most beautiful,” Jacki Norrie, founder and Lead Designer of Wedding Tresses, a company based in New England who specializes in bridal hair and makeup. With offices on Newbury Street in Boston and Bellevue Ave in Newport, Jacki’s company works with more than 200 brides each year, and she is often found working with brides all over the country and in far off destination wedding locations. Visit Jacki’s Website & Blog.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

How to Have a “Good Hair Day” at Your Wedding!

Filed under: Hair Style,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Think and plan ahead.

Haven’t picked a hairstyle?

Red hair and hairdresser toolsTo ensure that your big day goes according to your plans consider scheduling a “hair trial rehearsal” with your wedding hair stylist! Your wedding day is the single most memorable day of your life. A practice appointment prior to your wedding is highly recommended to ensure your big day runs smoothly and stress free.

Some brides schedule their trial run for the day of their bridal shower. This time allows for your hair stylist to explore your hair and accessory needs and is an opportunity to chat with your stylist and decide if you will need to make any changes to your current hairstyle, such as length, condition or color.

When discussing up-dos with your hair stylist, keep in mind that your profile will be facing your guests throughout most of the ceremony, as you face your fiancé. If you have medium-length to long hair, pulling it back or up on the top of your head (at least the front sections) will let your guests be able to see your beautiful and happy face, and not just a head full of hair. Most stylists recommend that you don’t wear your hair in a way that is totally different from your usual style.

BridalHairstyleSift through magazines for styles that catch your eye, and start a collection of clippings that you can bring in to your stylist for a rehearsal of your favorite hairstyle. When you have some styling ideas in mind, it’s a good idea to schedule a hair rehearsal no later than about a month or more before the wedding. That will give you some built-in time to make changes to the final style if necessary.

Most importantly, be sure to bring your veil, headpiece, and anything else that you’ll be wearing on the day of the wedding to your hair trial appointment. Some veils will lend well to hair being down and some to hair being up. Having a friend there with you to take a few pictures or ask your stylist to take photographs of your hair in each style from all perspectives. This will enable you to keep a record of the different looks. It is wise to consider the hair style before buying the veil.

If you are having a “destination” wedding, when searching for a stylist, shop around, look at portfolios of work, and ask for recommendations. Get referrals from friends in your wedding city or from the wedding coordinator at your wedding venue. The bottom line for a destination wedding is to keep your hairstyle uncomplicated. From a simple up-do to loose, casual and sexy, you can find a style that won’t require a lot of effort on a day when you have plenty of other details to think about.

bridehairstylesRemember to consider the season and climate. In the Greater Phoenix area, there is very low humidity and it’s hotter than most other places. Also, if you’re getting married at 5:30 p.m. don’t get your hair done at 9:00 a.m. Closer to the wedding start time is better. This will help keep your wedding hair style looking fresh and flawless as you walk down the aisle.

The perfect wedding hairstyle is ultimately the one that YOU love – whether it’s simple or elaborate – and one that will feel comfortable and natural on the big day. Planning ahead with a Hair rehearsal at your stylist’s shop will transform your “good hair day” into a “sensational hair day!”

If possible have your makeup artist and hairstylist come to you on the day of the wedding. Remind them to please “be on time” in case you run into a snag. Nobody wants a last minute hair disaster or style flop on their wedding day. Then sit back, relax, knowing you will look and feel your best and steal the show.

NOTE: A special “thank you” to Little Wedding Guide for their contribution to this article. Subscribe to their free eWedding tips at: http://www.littleweddingguide.com/subscribe/

Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Ceremony. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 460 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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