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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.

Larry James is a non-denominational minister 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. You will find more than 470 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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Friday, June 10, 2011

5 Tips For Emotional Brides (and Grooms)!

Filed under: Makeup,Tears at the Wedding,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

It’s okay to cry at your own wedding. As a matter of fact. . . it often happens and is quite normal. Weeping is not uncommon. Getting married is an emotional moment. Many people tear up at weddings. Crying because you are happy is an amazing emotion. Here are a few tips that might help you be ready for such a moment.

1. Tuck a tissue in the middle of the bride’s bouquet. Usually the Maid (or Matron) of Honor holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony and she can be on alert for an emotional moment for the bride if it occurs. (The groom may get misty-eyed when when he sees his bride walking down the aisle) Or. . . wrap a a beautiful cloth handkerchief around the base of the bouquet, just in case. Your teary wedding hankie will be a keepsake you can pass on to daughters or loan to friends as their “something borrowed.” Not wearing a veil over your face makes it easier to take care of a falling tear if it happens. It also helps not to make eye-contact with anyone else who may be shedding a tear.

2. Put a clean handkerchief in the groom’s inside pocket. If the bride get’s emotional, it’s a nice touch for the groom to be ready to gently wipe away her tears.

3. Remember to breath. Emotional moments can often be cut short if you feel them coming on and will remember to slowly breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. You have to “think” about breathing this way. When you think of something other than what is causing this emotional moment (or what you may be nervous about) it short-circuits your brain. It really has a calming effect. Simply pause and take several really deep breaths and let them out calmly and coolly. Another trick is to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth (or tickle the roof of your mouth with it). Anything that distracts you will often work to slow down the tears.

4. Be prepared. If you think you might cry at your wedding, you probably will. Waterproof mascara or an eye makeup sealer is a great idea. Talk with your makeup artist. She will usually have some great ideas. Have the photographer take plenty of photos before the wedding to avoid your teary eyes and red nose. Bring a compact to touch up makeup or to retouch your makeup after the ceremony and before photos begin.

5. Do everything you can to eliminate stress during your ceremony. If you have written a few “Personal Promises” to say to each other, have the Wedding Officiant hand them to you on a card and “read” them to your partner. This is the time when most brides and grooms get choked up. You are less likely to cry if you don’t have to worry about memorizing them. NEVER memorize – Read! (Note: It is a good idea not to tell your partner what you will be saying. Let it be a nice surprise.)

Don’t try to stop the tears. If you think you are going to cry, just cry – go with it. If your voice is a little shaky and there were some sniffles – let it happen. Your guests appreciate moments like this. Never accept the notion that is is inappropriate to cry at your wedding. Get rid of the fear of “ruining your big day.” It’s okay to cry! Blubbering criers are the ones who spend the few minutes before tears insisting to themselves: “I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to cry.” All this does is make the tears begin to flow harder and messier. It helps to do your best to think of something other that what is causing this emotional moment. Never try to fight the tears. Let ’em flow.

Make sure your “Bridal Emergency Kit” has eye drops to clear any red eyes. Talk to your photographer and make sure she/he is able to airbrush any puffy red eyes away.

Also here is a tip for the fathers of the bride and groom. Remind them to tuck a clean handkerchief in their pocket for the mothers. Moms almost always cry at wedding.

You may be surprised to find that due to stage-fright, you may be too nervous to cry during the ceremony.

If you know you will cry and you feel you must absolutely not cry at your wedding, consider tear duct removal. (Just kidding!) The sad part is. . . you will never be able to cry ever again! 😉

BONUS Article: Why Do We Cry at Weddings?

Photo credits: Bride crying – Lister Studios. Groom crying – Sweet Smile Digital Photography.

Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. 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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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Secrets From a Makeup Professional

Filed under: Makeup,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Victoria Rozich, Guest Author

What could be more important than looking and feeling your best on your wedding day? Sometimes, however, the stress of wedding planning can take a lot out of a girl and leave you feeling all sorts of blah rather than beautiful.

So much goes into the focus of the bride’s appearance for the big day. Every young girl imagines the dress, veil and hair as they are growing up. I love to go into antique stores and look at old wedding pictures. Despite the black and white picture or outdated clothes, the one place I am drawn to first is the bride’s face. Happy, youthful, pretty.

victoria1As a makeup artist, my focus is to make sure the viewer sees the emotions, not the makeup. I have drawn faces since I was 4 or 5; and observed them on city buses to and from school in Chicago for years. I came to the conclusion that no matter the fashion, the ethnicity, the age, beauty exudes from the face like a beam of light.

Some of it of course is the expression, but a makeup artist can change and improve the exterior- and as all pampered women will agree, when the exterior is pampered, that beam of light is brighter and more confident. It is in this spirit that I share with you some tips for preparing your face for the wedding day.

When should I start my bridal beauty routine? – A six-month countdown is recommended to make sure you look as radiant as possible on your wedding day. The bride-to-be should maintain a skincare regimen which should include, among other things, a monthly facial accompanied by lots of water to ensure the skin is hydrated. About six-months before your wedding begin to think about your jewelry, hair, face and final look of the veil. I recommend keeping those details in line with the “feel” of the event: elegant, modern, whimsical, winter, beach, urban, country… the list is endless.

When you interview your makeup artist you will want to find out the range of looks, types of events, see their pictures, and decide if you like this person. Your makeup artist will be with you and your family during the most exciting and intimate moments as you dress and prepare for the ceremony. I want to feel pure joy as I share this time with my brides and their families.

One way a bride can take care of herself is to work with someone about their skin. Radiant skin comes from good products, lots of water and less caffeine. Your makeup artist or dermatologist can advise you if you have reaccuring issues.

Some great tips for all brides and women to follow is:

If you are going to “tan”, do it on alternative days and moisturize after each session. Stop 4 or 5 days before the wedding day to let any red turn brown, and rehydrate throughly before the big day.

victoria2Spray tans or self-tanners should be tried a month or two in advance to see what color the skin “takes it as.” Never do it the night before, and always wash your hands throughtly with a sea salt in between fingers to avoid a streaky orange palm. White creamy skin is prettier than orange fake tan.

Never use retin A or strong resurfacing topical creams within 10 days of the wedding.

Facials and waxing (under arms), face, eyebrows, are better recommended 2 to 3 days before to allow for swelling, redness and bumps. Again if you never did these spa treatments before, experiment the month before to gage how the skin will respond. Some brides cry at their wedding (and some grooms do too), but even if you don’t think you’re the crying type, with so many waterproof products out there why take a chance? Use an eye shadow base to help prevent creasing of shadow.

You will want to have a trial a few weeks to a month before, so you can see how you and your artist “see” the day. Take photos to see how colors will look. If possible have your trial in the morning so you can see how it wears over the course of a 6-8 hour day. Let your artist know about any concerns, melting, absorbing, etc.

The day of your wedding come to your appointment with no makeup or old mascara on… just super clean.

Have your hair done first. Having your artist on location assures comfort, touch ups, freshness and just plain fun!

Afterwards make sure your artist has the portal to your wedding pictures online, or send them a photo. You may end up in an add or on a website! Never the less, you will be in your artist’s heart – as we think about you throughout the entire rest of your reception. I think of your face, and the happiness and confidence that shown throught your smile.

Larry’s Note: Booking a makeup artist for your wedding should be like booking any other vendor. There are questions you should ask to make sure that you have all the information before your big day. It also will help you decide before the trial if the artist is a good match for you. Ask to look at the artist’s portfolio, or check it out if it is available online. This will give you an idea as to what style of makeup your artist typically does and if she works with brides. Victoria serves the Greater Phoenix area and is high on my recommended list.

Victoria Rozich

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Copyright © 2011 – Victoria Rozich. Reprinted with permission. Victoria Rozich is the owner of Makeup by Victoria. She has been an Association of Bridal Consultants, Vendor Member since 1996. Victoria began applying makeup as a teen to friends, and worked as a makeup artist for cosmetics companies such as Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and private label lines. She has common sense tips to promote long lasting makeup on your wedding day, a calm disposition, and is fun to be around. Visit her Website or call 480-518-4658.

Larry James is a non-denominational minister 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. 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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