Sunday, November 2, 2014

Your Best Face On Wedding Day

Brides are so focused on the wedding gown, that they tend to leave out other factors in creating their wedding day look.  The one I want to address in this blog post is wedding day make-up and prepping your skin.

  • If you have skin issues, reach out to a dermatologist 5-6 months before the wedding to start a skincare regime.
  • If you don't already...make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Always have a make-up trial with the artist 3-4 months before your wedding, even if there is a fee involved involved.  You do not want to be shocked by your "look" on one of the most important days of your life.
  • Speak with your make-up artist at least a month before the wedding to confirm date, time and location.
  • Ask your make-up artist about the brand of lipstick you will be wearing on wedding day and purchase a tube for touch-ups.
  • Never get a facial the day before or on your wedding day in case of breakouts or skin irritation.
  • Have you wedding make-up applied at least one-hour before you are to put on your wedding gown.
Also check out our blog - Budgeting Beyond The Wedding Gown.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit: Rush Photography and Videography)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sarah Jassir 2015 Bridal Collection

I had the honor of sitting front row of the Sarah Jassir 2015 Bridal Runway Show during New York Bridal Market.  "Goddesses" was the name of the show and the gowns were inspired by different mythologies.  "Despite their [the gowns] seeming simplicity, each gown is skilfully draped and constructed with painstaking detail."  Take a look at a few of my favs:

Check out the woman in red...that's me!!! xo
"The concept is a simple one that defines a goddess as a strong, confident woman who embodies love, wisdom, grace and beauty."

Until next time...WEDologize!

(Photo credits - DesireƩ's iPhone)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wedding Planning with Children

Many couples are blending families and the adjustment for the child can sometimes be difficult. With all the wedding planning, the children could feel left out and it's very important to make them feel included during the planning process and on wedding dayYou do not want children to move forward into the marriage feeling resentful of their parent's new partner.

I've listed some suggestions below that just might help alleviate the "sad face".  Consider including a few, if not all, during your wedding planning.
  • Allow the child to be involved in a few of the planning meetings and give their opinion and make sure to take them on appointments with you.
  • Give the children perimeters, but allow them to select their attire for wedding day. 
  • During the unity candle lighting or sand ceremony, have the child join you both at the altar and make them apart of this important ceremony. 
  • Ask the children to come the altar before the pronouncement of husband and wife, and ask the minister to pronounce you as "Husband, Wife and Family". 
  • During the ceremony, present the children with a loving token like a necklace or bracelet to show them they play an important role in the new family. 
  • Include the children in the engagement photo session and display not only couple photos during the reception, but photos showcasing the "new" family. 
  • Have a kids table with goody bags and treats during the reception.
Until next time...WEDologize! 

(Photo credit: Rush Photography & Videography | repost from 12/16/12)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wedding Day "Forget-ables"

There are plenty of good resources, both online and in print, that discuss lists, time lines, to-do's, etc. for planning your wedding.  But when planning out your budget, there are some things that couples tend forget or wait until the last minute to even consider.  Once you have booked all the BIG vendors (venue, photographer, videographer, florist, stationery designer, musical entertainment) make sure to note these items on your budget to-do list...I so eloquently named them...The Forget-ables:

Vendor meals.  It's customary, although not mandatory, to provide vendors that are on-site with you longer than 6 hours a "vendor" meal.  The vendors to include are: wedding coordinators, photographer, videographer and DJ or Band.  A vendor meal is not the meal + bar provided to your wedding guests, so make sure to ask the banquet manager/facilitator about meals for those service providers.

Snacks in the wedding suites.  Yes, the couple and their wedding party members are sure to need a little nourishment while getting all dolled up for wedding day.  Have some snacks, juice and water on-site so that no one becomes ill during this long, but wonderful day.

Gratuity.  It's up to you what you'd like to tip your service providers, but if they do a good job, consider blessing them with a token of appreciation.  Check out our blog devoted to gratuities.

Midnight Snack.  Many caterers offer midnight snack ideas for your wedding guests, but make sure to have a plan in mind for how you and your husband/wife will eat before calling it a night.  Trust will be hungry.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Rush Photography & Videography | repost from 6/4/12)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The First Touch Before The Ceremony

Many modern, non-traditional couples are having a "First Look" before the wedding ceremony.  This is when the couple decides to see one another a few hours for the wedding and the photographer is there to capture the memorable scene.  Then it allows for the couple, their wedding party and family to take pictures prior to the ceremony so they all can enjoy the cocktail hour.  But what can a more traditional couple do?

The "First Touch" is a spin on the First Look.  This must be strategically planned because the premise behind the touch is not to see one another, but to have a brief conversation and/or say a prayer together before the ceremony.  With careful planning of the wedding coordinator, photographer and a door or wall to separate the couple, the moment can be even more meaningful because the element of surprise will still exist when the ceremony begins.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - my iPhone)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Groomsmen Sock Game

When considering the options for the groom and groomsmen, there isn't a whole bunch you can do with a rented tuxedo outside of a distinctive boutonniere, vest, bow tie and/or tie.  But let me retract that statement and say...there is one more fun thing the groom can do to stand out on his wedding day.

Socks play an important roll for the groom and his men on wedding day.  In order to wear those shiny shoes, or whichever style is selected, it's imperative that men wear socks!  Now consider spicing them up  with prints, words or a distinctive color for this once in a lifetime day!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits - Rush Photography & Videography and Ollie Photography)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Groom. The Super Hero.

I'm loving one of the newest trends of the groom and groomsmen having a "super hero" moment!  See, it doesn't always have to be about the bride! LOL!

Super hero cuff links based on the attendants personality...

...And the matching super hero t-shirt!

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Beth Rooney Photography)


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